PHOENIX (Jan. 24, 2019) – Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announces the final list of companies selected to present at the 2019 Venture Madness Conference. The conference will take place over the course of one day, and will include a live pitch competition from companies in the following categories: Consumer, Deep Tech/Hardware/IoT, Growth, Healthcare and Saas/Software. Winners from each category will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
The one day conference will include keynote speeches from Mike Ahearn, chairman of the board of First Solar and Rick Smith, CEO and founder of Axon. The conference will kick off with a welcome reception on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at Galvanize Phoenix, with the pitch competition taking place on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at Events on Jackson.
“We’d like to congratulate all of our very deserving finalists, and the other commendable companies that applied for this year’s competition,” said Ryan Edwards, chairman of the board for Invest Southwest. “We’re really excited about how many strong applicants we had, and noticed an especially strong showing in the SaaS/Software category, which reflects the rise of tech innovation we’re continuing to see in the Southwest. We’re confident our investor community will be very impressed by the finalists we’ve selected, and eager to support and connect with them.”
The 2019 Finalists include:
Force Impact Technologies, Arizona
eTrack Tech, Arizona
Soggy Food Sucks, Arizona
Delta Thermal, Arizona
Quote Countertops, Arizona
Virtuous Software, Arizona
Sprout Financial, Arizona
Emagine Solutions Technology, Arizona
BennuBio, New Mexico
ElectroSonix LC, Arizona
Omni Bioceutical Innovations, Arizona
BrightGuest Technologies, Arizona
Heads Up Health, Arizona
Innovative Construction Technology, Arizona
Surf Media, Arizona
Finalists will pitch live in concurrent competitions with winners selected in each category. The competition categories and criteria for this year’s event can be found here.
This year’s event sponsors include AZ Commerce Authority, Galvanize, GPEC, Hool Coury Law, Nextiva and Osborn Maledon. To learn more about sponsorship, please visit the Venture Madness sponsorship page. To register or learn more about the event please visit the Venture Madness website. Follow the latest Venture Madness news on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
About Invest Southwest
Invest Southwest is the premier organization for connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region. In addition to providing valuable information on topics important to the investment community, Invest Southwest offers year-round opportunities for investors to connect with emerging growth companies. Its signature event, Venture Madness, is a unique competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Venture Madness pits thoroughly vetted, emerging startups and growth companies against each other in a competition to crown the champion of champions. Visit InvestSouthwest.org for more information.