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30 Years at Venture Madness, by Invest Southwest & Arizona Commerce Authority

Stories from 30 Years of Venture Madness

What is the first year you attended Venture Madness, and what’s your story? Invest Southwest celebrates its 30th year of bringing together accredited investors with the region’s most promising early-stage companies with the 2022 Venture Madness Conference. To help celebrate this milestone anniversary, we asked attendees and former presenters for their best Venture Madness stories. […]

Tips from the Experts: How to Craft a Compelling Elevator Pitch for Your Startup

GUEST POST by Brett Farmiloe, CEO, Terkel To help educate entrepreneurs about the pitching process, we asked business mentors, investors, and fellow founders for their best pitch tips. From being authentic to capturing hearts and minds through storytelling, there are several insights that may help you prepare for a pitch competition or networking event. Below […]

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Invest Southwest Announces Venture Madness 2020 Competition Finalists

Twenty-seven companies will present for a chance to win one of four $15,000 prizes and showcase solutions to the region’s most active investors PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 10, 2020) – Invest Southwest today announces the finalists for Venture Madness 2020. Now in its 28th year, each finalist will compete as one of 27 entrants in a […]

Invest Southwest Reveals 2019 Venture Madness Finalists

Thirty four companies given the opportunity to present for a chance to earn cash prizes, access to investors, recognition and the coveted title of Venture Madness Champion PHOENIX (Jan. 24, 2019) – Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announces the final list of companies selected to present at the 2019 Venture Madness […]

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Invest Southwest Announces Venture Madness 2019 Competition for the Valley’s Most Promising Companies

Call for entries opens December 14, 2018 with $60,000 in cash prizes, and exclusive access to the Southwest’s most active institutional and angel investors PHOENIX (Nov. 19, 2018) – Invest Southwest today announces the call for applications for the 2019 Venture Madness Conference will begin December 14, 2018 and run through January 10, 2019. Companies […]

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Invest Southwest Sponsor & Alumni Reception

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Invest Southwest Names Top 16 Finalists for the 2017 Venture Madness Competition

Top 16 will advance to a three-day live event on March 8-10, 2017 PHOENIX (February 3, 2017) – Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, has selected the top 16 companies that will advance to the live-demo portion of the 2017 Venture Madness competition. The competition launched in January, giving 64 early-stage companies […]

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6 Keys to Learning from Failure - Invest Southwest - Venture Madness

6 Keys to Learning from Failure in Your Startup

Most startups fail. Much like the game of baseball, failure is part of the process. How you deal with failure will determine your success.

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Differentiate Your Startup in 10 Minutes by Addressing These 6 Areas in Your Presentation

Get ready for Venture Madness! Dave Bittner, CEO at Beanstalk CFO Group, gives startups advice for preparing a compelling pitch. After your Elevator Pitch, your presentation moves to critical detail.