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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Tips For Building An Entrepreneurial Culture That Lasts

Like any business, for a startup to succeed, it must first get the culture right. Find the right people to do the right things. Appreciate, respect, and give credit to those responsible for successes. Build a culture that will attract, retain and inspire employees. Work satisfaction among employees is critical to progress. Here are five […]

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 […]