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Invest Southwest’s Venture Madness Startup Competition Call for Entries Opens Nov. 1, 2016

Calling regional investors and early-stage firms, the Venture Madness startup competition call for applications opens November 1, 2016 and runs through January 5, 2017. Get ready to compete for your share of the $100,000 cash prize at the March 8 – 10, 2017 event.

Investors want to be Sold! So Sell Them!

Four Key Considerations for Your Investor Pitch — Michael Toney, Founder – Conquest Training Systems, Inc As I have coached entrepreneurs in preparing for presenting their concepts and companies to investors in order to try to raise capital, I’ve seen time and again that they all suffer from the same disease. They want to share too […]

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5 Things Investors Are Interested In Knowing About Your Business

—by Chuck McLane at CBIZ MHM, LLC As you grow your business, new opportunities and risks may emerge. You need to be aware of key areas that any investor will want to examine before they put money into your organization. An experienced business advisor can help you maximize your benefits and minimize the liabilities. They can […]

April 19, 2016 Preferred Shares Cocktail Reception – By Invitation Only

Join Invest Southwest, for the Preferred Shares Cocktail Reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at mod in Phoenix.   This invitation-only event is designed for accredited investors, investment bankers, and annual Invest Southwest sponsors, is free to attend, and is guaranteed to leave you connected and inspired! By invitation only and all guests must register for this event. To […]

HOW TO BE A GOOD STARTUP MENTOR: 7 CHARACTERISTICS

There are many benefits to mentoring. From the satisfaction of giving something back to honing your own career, mentorship has its rewards. Employing managerial skills and guiding your entrepreneur through a key stage in their career is often just the beginning. It is a commitment as personal one-on-one mentoring is a time-consuming activity. So, take […]

Why I’m throwing my hat in the Venture Madness ring again this year.

Anyone in Arizona’s startup community knows that we have an electric entrepreneurial scene going on here. From ingenious new ventures to whipsmart founders to experienced investors, there’s a reason one VentureBeat article said, “Arizona is becoming the next hotbed of startups.” As a Phoenix startup founder on my second business, I’ve seen the rich potential […]

Invest Southwest Names Avnet, Inc. as Visionary Sponsor for 2016 Venture Madness Competition

Technology Distributor Avnet Supports Bracket-Style Startup Competition Phoenix, Arizona (November 24, 2015) – Invest Southwest today announced Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, as a visionary sponsor for the 2016 Venture Madness Competition. This is Avnet’s first year as a sponsor for the bracket-style startup competition. For the Venture Madness Competition, […]

Why VC Confidence Matters To Every Young Company

When it comes to confidence, a rosy outlook among VC’s can be clouded. And that will cast a shadow on the future of start-ups everywhere. Here are some of the symptoms to recognize, and treatments to keep the VC community healthy and fit. Relevance fatigue. This happens when a mediocre or underdeveloped startup idea is […]

Q&A: Choosing Between Convertible Notes and Priced Equity with Michael Hool

A convertible note is a short-term debt that can be converted into equity (typically preferred shares) of a company. It has advantages and disadvantages for both investors and the issuing company. Michael Hool, of Hool Coury Law Group, focuses his legal practice on working with investors and emerging businesses from startup to exit. He took […]