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New Dates! New Location! New Speakers! Get Ready for Venture Madness 2017!

Save the NEW dates & NEW location for Venture Madness 2017! Wow, 2016 was amazing! Thank you to everyone who applied, participated, attended and helped create our March 2016 Venture Madness Conference! Our 2017 event is poised to be better than ever! What’s new, you ask? A lot! Our dates have moved a week later than past […]

Venture Madness was the Launchpad for Pinnacle Transplant Technologies

Founding Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, we had a much broader vision than we did as partners in a previous venture. A leap of faith had to be taken by leaving behind a company that we had worked hard to establish, and a lifestyle to which we had become accustomed.

TOP TWITTER TAKEAWAYS FROM @GaryVee AT VENTURE MADNESS

It is energizing to listen and learn as Gary Vaynerchuk gets real with the Venture Madness startup crowd. Here are some of the top tweets reflecting his point of view as he gave his keynote presentation, Q&A style. AZVenture Consulting ‏@Arizona_VC “Not every great company is started in Silicon Valley.” -@GaryVee at @VentureMadness. #VM16 #YesPhx […]

PARTING SHOTS! Net Takeaways for Startups from Venture Madness 2016

Are you thinking of taking your Arizona startup to Venture Madness? Here is sage advice from the judges to assist you in preparing for the competition. STUDY OTHERS. Take a look at the applications for Arizona Startup companies that did well—and even won—Venture Madness 2016 (they are available on the Venture Madness website here). Use […]

WIN IT! ADVICE FOR STARTUP PRESENTERS—Takeaway Tips From Venture Madness 2016

Resoundingly, Venture Madness 2016 judges agree that there were a lot of good presentations this year. And, in the end, only 16 startups made it to the competition. How did the best emerge in bracket style, head-to-head pitch contests? Here are some insights from the panel. And, in the end, it all comes down to […]

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 […]

KEY CONSIDERATIONS WHEN EVALUATING YOUR STARTUP PITCH—VENTURE MADNESS 2016 JUDGES' INSIGHTS

Over a hundred twenty applicants put their startup in the game for Venture Madness 2016. There was a lot of talent and potential brewing as these were narrowed to 64 participants. Over the course of eight weeks, these startups pitched in bracket style matches to place in the top 16. The sweet 16 startups went […]

THE 6 C’s OF SELF-CONFIDENCE & HOW TO HONE THEM

Key to an entrepreneur’s success is confidence in oneself, and in one’s powers and abilities. Self confidence inspires confidence of others. After all, we hesitate to back an idea presented by someone who is nervous and overly apologetic. However, we are likely persuaded to support a project pitched by one who speaks clearly, answers questions with […]

Invest Southwest Names Top 16 Finalists for the 2016 Venture Madness Competition

Finalists will advance to a three-day live event in March, 2016 PHOENIX (February 1, 2016) – Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, has selected the top 16 companies that will advance to the final elimination round of the 2016 Venture Madness competition. The competition launched in January, giving 64 early stage companies […]