Invest Southwest expands Venture Madness competition to companies nationwide

Venture Madness

The 2021 Venture Madness event, Arizona’s longest-running VC conference and pitch competition, is now open for applications through June 3. The difference this year? The event is open to companies across the U.S. “Business growth in Arizona has propelled the state to become one of the best places in the country to start a company,” … Read more

It's down to the top 16 finalists in Venture Madness

Breaking it down again from 32 to 16 startups. Venture Madness announced the top 16 finalists who will pitch in the live competition for a chance to take home a part of the $100,000 prize. “With the live event just weeks away, the final 16 are working hard to prepare for the head-to-head competition,” Karen Katzorke, executive … Read more

32 advance in 2016 Venture Madness competition

It’s down from 64 to 32 startups who will advance to Round 2 in the Invest Southwest 2016 Venture Madness competition and walk away with a piece of the $100,000 prize. Of the 32 finalists, one of them will win the 2016 People’s Choice winner and take home a $5,000 prize. Vote for your favorite company … Read more

Voting opens for Venture Madness top 64 startups

Time to break out the brackets for Venture Madness 2016! This event, brought to the Valley by Invest Southwest and Arizona Commerce Authority, is where the top 64 startups go head-to-head in a pitch competition and vie for a portion of the $100,000 prize and the chance to be crowned champion. The first elimination round begins tomorrow … Read more

$100,000 pot up for grabs at Venture Madness 2016 – applications open now

Video editing by Xavier Smith Following his win, Gregg Scoresby, CEO of CampusLogic exclaimed “I’m going to Disneyland!” All kidding aside, Scoresby did leave the stage with bragging rights as the Invest Southwest Venture Madness (VM) champion and cash to put back into his company. This Arizona-based event is where 64 early-stage startups battle, in a “March Madness” … Read more

Brackets, startups and a champion – Venture Madness 2015 wrap up- video

In a room filled with investors, startups, educators and more, two software founders stood center stage under the spotlight and pitched their company for a chance to win $30,000 and become the 2015 Venture Madness champion. CampusLogic, a software company aiming to reduce the arduous process of applying for college financial aid, and EndoVantage, a med tech … Read more

CampusLogic wins 2015 Venture Madness, takes home $30K

Sixty four startups down to one winner at the 2015 Venture Madness. This year ed tech and med tech went head-to-head in the final round. In the end, CampusLogic, a software service that simplifies the process for college students to apply for financial aid, took home $30,000 and bragging rights as the Venture Madness champion. EndoVantage placed second … Read more

Venture Madness announces its sweet 16 – updated

The next round of Venture Madness brackets leaves only 16 startups who will move on to the final, live-demo portion of the competition for a chance to win their share of $50,000. Jonathan Ariano, chairman of Invest Southwest comments on the startups, “[They] are shining examples of the entrepreneurship and innovation happening in the Southwest … Read more

32 startups advance in Venture Madness

This round of brackets have closed leaving 32 of the original 64 startups from around the Southwest to compete head-to-head to win their share of $50,000 in 2015 Venture Madness. From here, it’s down to the final 16 companies who will compete in a live-demo event held between March 4-6, 2015. Jonathan Ariano, chairman of … Read more

Venture Madness incentivizes voters with brackets, apples and cash

While the odds of writing the 2014 NCAA perfect bracket were at 9.2 quintillion-to-1 odds and it only took two days for an obliteration of millions of ESPN brackets, the public gets another chance to put their luck to the test with a new game of Bracketology that involves early-stage companies, and one of them has a … Read more