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 […]

10 DAILY RITUALS FOR ENTREPRENEURS—Improving Everyday Routines

Most everyone has rituals in daily life. We will look at ten everyday routines. And then we’ll take those rituals and improve upon them to help you thrive as an entrepreneur.<click to tweet> WAKE — get up and get ‘er done! But first, install morning routines to get off on a good foot. This will […]

Can't-Miss Event: 'How To Pitch To Investors'

Invest Southwest & Partners Present First ‘Improving Investability Workshop’ Invest Southwest, in partnership with Desert Angels, Arizona Tech Investors, Phoenix Enterprise Forum and the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, is holding its first “Improving Investability Workshop,” Oct. 15 and 16 in Phoenix and Tucson. Bill Payne, a licensed instructor with the Angel Resource Institute, will lead half-day workshops […]

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 […]

Things To Do In Scottsdale During Venture Madness

Whether you’re a local resident or an out-of-towner attending the 2014 Venture Madness Conference in March, you will experience Scottsdale at its best time of year. The weather is perfect – highs in the high 70s and nighttime lows in the mid 40s – and the desert is blooming with activity. “A major draw of […]

Bring On The Brackets

The Venture Madness judges have deliberated and the verdict is in. It was no easy decision to select 64 finalists from the field of 119, as the quality of all applications was impressive. This is a true testament to the vibrant startup scene in the Southwest. Now that the 64 have been chosen, the first […]

Madness, indeed.

Venture Madness is already living up to its name, with nearly 120 startups from five states across 26 different industries applying to compete in the inaugural event. Only 64 ventures will make the cut to be seeded in the first bracket, which will be announced on Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. MST. Follow the […]

Competition Supports, Promotes Arizona As A Top State for Startups

Arizona has ranked among the top states for entrepreneurial activity since 2000, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. In 2011, it hit No. 1 with 520 startups for every 100,000 people. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also recognizes Arizona as a top state: 8th for innovation and entrepreneurship 7th for business climate 5th […]