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How To Master The Art Of The 60-second Pitch

You have 60 seconds to make an impression. That is about 200 words. Open with a hook that piques interest and close with a request—ask for something. Write out your story and then hone it for the most powerful pitch you can create. To make sure you cover all the bases, Dave Bittner, Invest Southwest […]

Invest Southwest’s Venture Madness Competition Seeks Next Unicorn Company, Now Accepting Entries for March, 2016 Event

Invest Southwest announced today that entries are now open for the 2016 Venture Madness competition. In partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Invest Southwest will select 64 early-stage companies to compete in the bracket-style, head-to-head competition for a chance at the $100,000 shared prize.

How To Build A Sustainable User Acquisition Machine

To start your startup, we are looking for growth! You found a problem and solved it (plus, you have identified and validated the audience looking for this improvement). So now it’s time to scale. It is important to get traction for your idea. To do this, develop a business model that attracts users who want […]

4 Legal Tips Startups Cannot Afford To Miss

When starting the path of a startup, it is important to ensure protection of your people, your product, your presence and your process. Invest the time to take security measures for your efforts whether on your own or with counsel from a lawyer. Here are four areas to safeguard and preserve. Protect Your Self (and […]

Sponsor Submission Form

Welcome to the Madness Thank you for serving as an Invest Southwest/Venture Madness sponsor!  As a sponsor, your organization receives many benefits.  Please read the sponsor toolkit to become familiar with your benefits.  Once you are familiar with everything, please complete the below information. If you have any questions regarding your benefits, contact karen.katzorke@investsouthwest.org. IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY […]

Six Success Principles to Ponder for High Performance

Successful entrepreneurs are admired for high performance. They amplify the best within themselves. They challenge themselves in new ways. In these efforts, underlying principles guide them. Give them focus. Here are six principles for high performance that many successful entrepreneurs exhibit. Let’s take a look at how you can apply these principles. Ponder them daily, […]

Three Ways to Find Your First Customer

Take your startup idea to the next level—a startup company—by getting paying customers. <click to tweet> Whether you are hoping to pre-sell your product or if you are ready to make a sale, here are three sources that may lead to your first customer. Network. Tap existing relationships—friends, family, former colleagues. Here you will find […]

Why Phoenix Deserves a Spot on the List of Best Cities for Startups

Due to the growing community of tech entrepreneurs, Phoenix has earned the nickname “Silicon Desert.” In the latest Kaufman Metropolitan Area Rankings for Startup Activity, Phoenix moved from 12th last year to 14th this year after topping the chart in 2012. There are many reasons that Phoenix attracts startups. Here we take a look at […]

5 Elements for Building a Healthy Startup

With the right planning up front, you can cut the time it will take to successfully get to your ultimate destination. Here are five elements to consider for starting your business on the path to success. <click to tweet> 1. Experience. Consider the experience you wish to give every customer. Whether it is the benefit of […]

Fundraising Tips for Early Stage Startups

Infusionsoft Co-Founder Clate Mask calls himself a bootstrapping evangelist. “When I was in business school, we learned the ‘MBA way’ to grow a business,” he says. “You write a business plan, raise some money and then roll it out. Not only is that the wrong approach, but gives false hopes.” Mask says a business plan […]