Event to host new expo where additional finalists and other early-stage firms will showcase their products and services to accredited investors from across the country
PHOENIX (Jan. 6, 2022) — Invest Southwest today announces the Presenting Company finalists for the 2022 Venture Madness Conference, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Invest Southwest celebrates its 30th year by bringing together accredited investors with the region’s most promising early-stage companies during Venture Madness, Arizona’s longest-running venture capital conference and pitch event. The event has helped raise more than $1 billion in capital funding since its inception.
This year’s event drew applications from 95 companies from which the top 16 were selected to compete head-to-head across four industry tracks: Consumer/Business, Medical, SaaS and Tech. The finalists will move on to the highly anticipated live conference held March 2-3, 2022, at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix. This 2022 event also features a host of generous returning and new partners who contribute time, resources and expert mentors to facilitate the conference and help finalists prepare their company for the live event.
The 2022 event features a new, dedicated Expo area where Presenting Company Finalists, along with a host of other emerging growth companies, will showcase their products and services to attending accredited investors from across the country. Attending investors at the 2021 event included Arizona Tech Investors, Canyon Angels, Cypress Growth Capital, Desert Angels, Fulcrum Equity Partners, Grayhawk Capital, Kickstart Fund, Lighter Capital, Sonoran Founders Fund, State 48 Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Stout Street Capital and Trinity Capital.
“We offer our sincere gratitude to everyone who took the time to apply for our 2022 event,” said Andy Lombard, board member and 2022 Chair of Invest Southwest. “This year, we received a fantastic batch of entries that I’m confident will make for an exciting event and a truly memorable 30th-year celebration. Just as exciting is the addition of our new Expo where finalists and other early-stage companies receive one-on-one, dedicated time to showcase their company, products and services with attending investors, business leaders, mentors and other attendees. It’s often in those individual conversations where the most fruitful relationships are born. We’re ready to let the madness begin!”
Venture Madness is open to early-stage and emerging growth companies from across the U.S. and offers its participants exclusive access to active, accredited angel investors and venture capital firms from around the country. All finalists receive expert mentorship from seasoned investors, business leaders and other successful entrepreneurs in preparation for the competition. Winners in each category will also receive a cash prize, to be disclosed.
Following are the four categories and the companies that have been selected to represent each:
Winners from the 2021 competition included:
- HomeKey Systems (Consumer category)
- SaiOx (Medical category)
- Better Agency (SaaS category)
- OZZI (Tech category)
- Aesthetics Biomedical (Growth)
- Rubitection (People’s Choice)
More information and tickets to the live-pitch event are available at https://venturemadness.com/ where you can also signup to be notified of event details as they are made available. You can also follow the latest Venture Madness news on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
About Invest Southwest
Invest Southwest is the premier organization for connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region and host of Arizona’s longest-running capital conference and pitch competition. In addition to providing a valuable connection point for both investors and early-stage companies preparing for growth, Invest Southwest offers unparalleled networking for investors, early-stage companies, business leaders and mentors all designed to help young companies navigate their way to success one step at a time. Its signature event, the Venture Madness Conference, is a unique capital conference and pitch competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority where vetted companies apply to compete against one another in a head-to-head competition to crown a champion in each category. For more, visit venturemadness.com.