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5 Things Investors Need to Know in the First Moment You Meet Them

Get ready for presenting to investors. Get ready for Venture Madness. For this opportunity, the elevator pitch is a key to introducing your company and grabbing attention at the start.

New Dates! New Location! New Speakers! Get Ready for Venture Madness 2017!

Save the NEW dates & NEW location for Venture Madness 2017! Wow, 2016 was amazing! Thank you to everyone who applied, participated, attended and helped create our March 2016 Venture Madness Conference! Our 2017 event is poised to be better than ever! What’s new, you ask? A lot! Our dates have moved a week later than past […]

Venture Madness was the Launchpad for Pinnacle Transplant Technologies

Founding Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, we had a much broader vision than we did as partners in a previous venture. A leap of faith had to be taken by leaving behind a company that we had worked hard to establish, and a lifestyle to which we had become accustomed.

Investors want to be Sold! So Sell Them!

Four Key Considerations for Your Investor Pitch — Michael Toney, Founder – Conquest Training Systems, Inc As I have coached entrepreneurs in preparing for presenting their concepts and companies to investors in order to try to raise capital, I’ve seen time and again that they all suffer from the same disease. They want to share too […]

I Asked, Dave Bittner Answered on Serving on the Board of Directors for Invest Southwest

Invest Southwest Executive Director, Karen Katzorke, talks with Invest Southwest Board Treasurer, Dave Bittner. Dave played volleyball at Penn State University, so he brings that energy and teamwork to the floor to rally support for Invest Southwest and to set many plays in motion. When he is not counting beans, Dave coaches and serves on […]

A View from the Boardroom: Q&A with Tom Curzon on Serving on the Board of Directors for Invest Southwest.

On behalf of Invest Southwest, thank you, Tom Curzon, for your leadership and service on the Board of Directors from 2007-2016. Tom’s contributions have fostered the entire Arizona startup ecosystem. Tom is a martial arts master, so he brings that discernment to the table. He has been the connective-tissue on the Board and is well known for his leadership and promoting […]

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 […]

April 19, 2016 Preferred Shares Cocktail Reception – By Invitation Only

Join Invest Southwest, for the Preferred Shares Cocktail Reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at mod in Phoenix.   This invitation-only event is designed for accredited investors, investment bankers, and annual Invest Southwest sponsors, is free to attend, and is guaranteed to leave you connected and inspired! By invitation only and all guests must register for this event. 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 […]