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Top 32 Companies Advance to Round 2 of 2016 Venture Madness Competition

Final elimination round will determine top 16 finalists by February 1, 2016 PHOENIX (January 20, 2016) – Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority have selected the top 32 startups who are advancing to round two of the 2016 Venture Madness competition. Voting for the online ‘bracketology’ competition is now open to the […]

Top 64 Startups Make First Round Cut for Invest Southwest’s 2016 Venture Madness Competition

Field Narrows to Top 32 by January 20, then Top 16 by Early February PHOENIX (January 7, 2016) – Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority have chosen the top 64 startups for the 2016 Venture Madness competition. Starting tomorrow, January 8, online ‘bracketology’ voting will open to the public where votes will be cast […]

BE A CLOSER. 3 Key Components To A Presentation That Rocks

Your speech is great. You opened with a hook and hit all your main points. Now, you’re about out of time, and you need to wrap it up. So what do you say? Don’t blow your close. Don’t end with Q&A. The problem: you leave your audience remembering someone’s question instead of giving them a […]

What’s the Single Most Important Driver of the Phoenix Startup Scene?

Greater Phoenix—and all of Arizona—has more happening in its startup scene now more than ever. Ask anyone in the community and they’ll demonstrate their excitement and general bullishness for our ecosystem’s continued growth. I am often asked what has been “the biggest change” that occurred to improve our startup community over the last few years. […]

Last Chance to Submit Entries for Invest Southwest’s 2016 Venture Madness Competition

Submissions will be accepted until December 17, 1015 PHOENIX (December 10, 2015) – Entrepreneurs looking to submit for the 2016 Venture Madness competition will have until 3:00pm MST on December 17, 2015 to enter their company for a chance at the $100,000 shared prize. In partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Invest Southwest will select […]

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, […]

15 Great Resources for Phoenix Startups

It is often called the Silicon Desert. Phoenix is ripe with entrepreneurial activity and resources to support it. With an innovation ecosystem, Arizona attracts forward-thinking start ups. Here is a compilation of supportive sites for your bourgeoning business. EVENTS & SUPPORT: Arizona Commerce Authority—The Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) awards the most money in the country […]

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 […]