Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority Announce 64 Startups Selected for Venture Madness Competition

 

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 9, 2015) – It’s game time: 64 of the most promising startup ventures in the southwest have been selected to compete in the second annual Venture Madness pitch competition, representing 23 different industries and three states, including Arizona, Colorado and Texas. The complete bracket of 64 with company information is published at: www.VentureMadness.com.

Presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Venture Madness is a unique competition that pits 64 early stage growth companies against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition.

“The high quality of applications we received this year is a testament to the strength of our innovation ecosystem,” said Jonathan Ariano, chairman of Invest Southwest. “This very promising group of companies demonstrates that investors should be paying attention to what is happening here in the Southwest. One of our main goals is to help participating companies raise awareness, with both potential investors and customers, and the addition of bracketology to the competition this year really boosts that level of exposure.”

“Venture Madness is a unique program among the many opportunities Arizona offers early-stage growth companies,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “Engaging with these companies is an important part of our mission to strengthen and expand Arizona’s overall economy. Arizona has become an established center for entrepreneurial activity and is a best place to start and grow a successful business.”

The companies competing in Venture Madness include past participants from the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), the ACA’s bi-annual business plan competition for innovative startups and early stage companies. In addition, companies from around the Southwest region applied and were identified through an evaluation and selection process to form the first bracket of 64 ventures. 

Listed in alphabetical order, the 64 companies competing in Venture Madness are:

  • Access Legal
  • Adosia LLC
  • Beacon Biomedical Inc.
  • Big5 IO LLC
  • Brightguest Technologies Inc.
  • Cactus Semiconductor
  • CampusLogic Inc.
  • Clear Demand
  • Crowd Mics
  • EndoVantage LLC
  • Eventinterface
  • EZ Dump Commercial Inc.
  • Force Impact Technologies
  • FullContour.com
  • GLTYR
  • GoMechanic
  • HumansFirst Technology
  • Innovative Green Technologies LLC
  • Intrakr
  • Invisume
  • Iris
  • iTel Companies Inc.
  • Keasy
  • Kengineering Technical Services
  • Kulira Technologies Inc.
  • MedToGo LLC
  • MobileLogix
  • My Rounding Solutions LLC
  • NeoLight
  • Next Potential LLC
  • Numa Tactical LLC
  • Outski Inc.
  • Pandora’s Hope
  • Park Genius
  • Photon Medical Communications Inc.
  • Picmonic
  • Play Without Boundaries Inc.
  • Pure Chat Inc.
  • Put IT Down
  • Rennection Inc.
  • ReplyBuy Inc.
  • Revolutionary Medical Devices
  • RevolutionParts Inc.
  • Rideye
  • RightBio Metrics
  • Sentinel Internet Systems
  • Service Guru
  • ShootersRev
  • Smart Armor LLC
  • Software Ops Mobile Apps
  • Solution54
  • Solution Synergy LLC
  • Spotlight Software LLC
  • Stellar Research Enterprises Inc.
  • +swappow
  • Swimlane
  • Talu
  • Tiply Inc.
  • The BLAST Mask
  • The Medical Memory
  • ThroughPoint Solutions
  • TopFan
  • Triton Microtechnologies
  • Universal Bio Mining

How Venture Madness Works

The first of two online elimination rounds begins on January 9, 2015 at VentureMadness.com. During the two online rounds, a winner in each matchup will be determined solely by a panel of judges. After the two online elimination rounds, 16 companies will advance to the live-demo portion of the contest held March 4-6, 2015 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. It's here where they will compete for their share of $50,000 in cash prizes by live-pitching their way through the brackets before the panel of judges, who will ultimately determine which company will be crowned the 2015 Venture Madness Champion.

New this year, the public is invited to evaluate the company information online beginning on January 9, 2015 and fill out a bracket, choosing which companies they think will advance through each round. The first place bracketology winner will receive a 13 inch MacBook Air, and the runner up will win an iPad Air 2. Bracketology winners will be announced after the competition is over.

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About Invest Southwest

Invest Southwest has been the premier organization for connecting investors with ventures in the region for over 20 years. In addition to providing valuable thought leadership on topics important to the investment and startup communities, Invest Southwest offers year-round opportunities for engagement via a series of educational seminars and networking events. Its signature event, Venture Madness, is a unique startup competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Venture Madness pits 64 startups against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition to crown the champion. Visit www.investsouthwest.org for more information.

Media Contact:

Diane Smith, Director of Public Relations
MartzParsons
dsmith@martzparsons.com
480.998.3154

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Visit azcommerce.com for more information.

Media Contact:

Joseph Valdez, Director, Communications and Community Affairs
Arizona Commerce Authority
josephv@azcommerce.com
602.845.1234