Venture Madness tops Invest Southwest agenda

by Don Rodriguez

Venture-MadnessWhy wait until March to follow your bracket? Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, offers the chance for 64 of the most promising startups to go head-to-head-for a share of $100,000 in cash prizes.

The competition is a highlight of Invest Southwest, which will be held March 2–4 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.

After online elimination rounds, Venture Madness culminates onsite with a “Sweet 16” of companies advancing to live pitches to determine which company is the 2016 Venture Madness Champion. Registration is free and open to early-stage firms with proven market traction. The deadline to be considered is 3 p.m. MST on Dec. 17.

The annual Invest Southwest also serves the entrepreneurial ecosystem through:

  • Workshops and seminars targeting startups and new investors,
  • Networking between investors and entrepreneurs, and
  • Marketing and public relations opportunities to elevate startup and investor.

Startups looking to reach the next level can benefit by getting advice on pitching to investors, fundraising, legal regulations, hiring practices, marketing and other important areas. For investors — well-established venture capital fund or individual — there are opportunities to learn more about working with startups besides meeting owners.

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