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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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Everyone Wins at Venture Madness

On March 5-7, 234 investors, inventors and startup fans converged on Talking Stick Resort for the inaugural Venture Madness Conference. They watched the final 16 live pitch before panels of judges, as the competitors were narrowed to eight, then four, then two and a champion was crowned. Pinnacle Transplant Technologies emerged victorious late Friday, and […]

Networking Tips For Shy Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are perceived as go-getters with great ideas. What if you’re someone with a cool idea who feels a bit awkward socially? You know that networking is essential to grow your new venture, yet you shy away from networking opportunities and have no idea how to work a crowd. Miguel Jardine of the Arizona Commerce […]

Tips For Creating A Video Pitch

The elevator speech is the basis for the 90-second videos that Venture Madness judges and the voting public will use to advance startup companies through the brackets starting in February. The application videos are the most important part of the startups’ applications because not only will they be the voters’ first impressions, they will create […]