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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, […]

The 5, make that 7, most toxic personalities that can poison your startup

Building a startup team is critical because you are bringing on and managing employees with minimal resources. Entrepreneurs need to find exceptional people to help their companies accelerate. And, they need to avoid bad hires that can poison morale. Here are the most toxic personalities and how to look out for them. “Nay” sayer. We […]

Venture Madness Competitor Spotlight: Picmonic

Picmonic is the visual learning platform that improves memory retention by turning dry facts into unforgettable images. As co-founder and CEO, I’ve devoted much of my life to this entrepreneurial mission. When I heard about Venture Madness, I made the decision to enter our company into the competition. Like the name implies, it’s been quite […]

Christie Kerner’s Take on Venture Madness & All Things Entrepreneurial

I guess you could say I’m a little fanatical about building businesses. But even beyond the art and science of launching companies, I’m completely dedicated to the brave entrepreneurs who are largely willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. So as we gear up for another year of Invest Southwest’s Venture Madness competition, I’m […]

Venture Madness Competitor Spotlight: Beacon Biomedical

Before Beacon Biomedical decided to enter the Venture Madness competition, they were looking for the smartest next move for their business. When the angel investors they’d been meeting with suggested they talk to the Arizona Commerce Authority about the competition, the Beacon leadership team realized this might just be the thing. “After looking the application […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who. What. How. Three Secrets Investment Bankers Wish Every Startup Knew

Many entrepreneurs fail to consider what investment bankers can do to help them raise money. Let’s look at investment bankers — who they are, what they do, and how they differ from a VC or an angel — and key reasons that hiring an investment banker can be one of the smartest decisions an entrepreneur […]