Venture Madness

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Venture Madness is Arizona’s longest-running venture capital startup conference, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. The annual one-of-a-kind competition pits the most promising early-stage firms, including companies from the ACA’s Arizona Innovation Challenge, against one another in a live, pitch-style event, attracting the region’s most active investors looking to grow their investment portfolios.


Companies selected to present at the annual conference are chosen by an expert selection panel, and pitch to an audience of nearly 300 attendees on stage at the live event. Selected companies receive invaluable company exposure and mentorship from investors, business leaders, seasoned executives and other successful entrepreneurs.


In addition, the conference provides a platform for networking between investors, presenting companies, Venture Madness partners and other attendees. During the event, companies pitch for a chance to win cash and build a network with accredited investors from across the country.