Invest Southwest announced today that entries are now open for the 2016 Venture Madness competition. In partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Invest Southwest will select 64 early-stage companies to compete in the bracket-style, head-to-head competition for a chance at the $100,000 shared prize.
Many entrepreneurs fail to consider what investment bankers can do to help them raise money. Let’s look at investment bankers — who they are, what they do, and how they differ from a VC or an angel — and key reasons that hiring an investment banker can be one of the smartest decisions an entrepreneur […]
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 […]
Due to the growing community of tech entrepreneurs, Phoenix has earned the nickname “Silicon Desert.” In the latest Kaufman Metropolitan Area Rankings for Startup Activity, Phoenix moved from 12th last year to 14th this year after topping the chart in 2012. There are many reasons that Phoenix attracts startups. Here we take a look at […]
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 […]
Entrepreneurs are perceived as go-getters with great ideas. What if you’re someone with a cool idea who feels a bit awkward socially? You know that networking is essential to grow your new venture, yet you shy away from networking opportunities and have no idea how to work a crowd. Miguel Jardine of the Arizona Commerce […]
The elevator speech is the basis for the 90-second videos that Venture Madness judges and the voting public will use to advance startup companies through the brackets starting in February. The application videos are the most important part of the startups’ applications because not only will they be the voters’ first impressions, they will create […]