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 to select the 2016 People’s Choice winner. The top 64 companies will be narrowed by an expert selection panel to 32, and then 16 finalists who compete in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition between some of the best startups and growth-stage companies in the Southwest. The live event is held March 2 – 4, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. The People’s Choice winner will be determined by online votes throughout all three stages of the competition and announced in March as well.

“I’ve been involved with Venture Madness—under several reincarnations now—for more than ten years, and every year the participating companies come to table with such impressive innovation and vision,” said Karen Katzorke, executive director of Invest Southwest. “We love that this competition brings so much visibility to the participating companies, and more than anything, we’re proud of the relationships they get to make. They will meet more investors and influential business leaders in the span of a few weeks than they might otherwise over months or even years. It truly can help catapult them to the next level regardless of where they land in the final standings.”

Listed in alphabetical order, the 64 companies to make the first cut for the 2016 Venture Madness event are:

  • +swappow
  • Adora inc.
  • Allbound
  • Aquatricity
  • AutoKept, Inc.
  • avidbrain
  • Beacon Biomedical Inc.
  • BeckonCall
  • Bravo Tip or Pay (Bravo, LLC)
  • BRIGHTGUEST Technologies, Inc.
  • Business Report Card
  • Clean Router
  • ClearVoice, Inc.
  • Crowd Mics
  • CTX Technology Inc.
  • curaNEXUS
  • CyberSponse
  • Design Pickle
  • Dorm Room Movers LLC
  • Energy Surety Partners
  • Eventinterface
  • eVisit
  • EZ Dump Commercial Inc.
  • FitNerds
  • Home Share Circle LLC
  • Iris
  • Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Kazzit Inc.
  • Loanatik, L.L.C.
  • LocalWork.com
  • MobileLogix
  • MyCarCareRewards
  • NeoLight
  • NoteBowl Inc.
  • NuvOx Pharma
  • Omedix
  • Omica
  • Paraffin International Inc.
  • ParkX LLC
  • Power Mobility Doctor Rx LLC (P
  • Pure Chat, Inc.
  • Purposely
  • RevolutionParts, Inc.
  • RightBio|Metrics
  • Saccadous
  • SalesFitRX
  • Salted Earth LLC
  • Service Guru
  • Shelvspace.com
  • SimpleWan
  • Smart Armor
  • Smart Clinic
  • SolarThermiX, LLC
  • Solera Health, Inc.
  • Solution54
  • Stellar Research Enterprises, Inc
  • Talu
  • The Medical Memory
  • THINQ Sports
  • TIPSY
  • VidFall
  • VoiceCut Technologies, LLC
  • Whistic
  • XOXY

The final 16 participating companies will have survived two elimination rounds. The first beginning on January 8, will bring the participating company number to 32.  The second elimination round will begin on January 20, and will determine the top 16 to be announced on February 1, 2016. The remaining companies will move on to participate in the live event for their chance at part of the $100,000 prize and the chance to be crowned the 2016 Venture Madness Champion.

To learn more about Venture Madness and to cast your vote, please visit: http://venturemadness.investsouthwest.org/wp-login.php?action=register

About Invest Southwest

Invest Southwest is the premier organization for connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region. In addition to providing valuable information on topics important to the investment community, Invest Southwest offers year-round opportunities for investors to connect with emerging growth companies. Its signature event, Venture Madness, is a unique competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Venture Madness pits 64 thoroughly evaluated emerging companies against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition to crown the champion of champions. Visit http://InvestSouthwest.org for more information.