Venture Madness: Give Our AZBio Members a Thumbs Up


What is Venture Madness?

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, pits 64 of the most promising startups against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition.

Since 1992, Invest Southwest has helped startups raise more than $300 million in capital while being the premier organization that connects investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region. For more than 20 years, it has served the entrepreneurial community primarily through the annual Invest Southwest Capital Conference. That all changed in 2013 when Invest Southwest introduced its signature event, Venture Madness, in partnership with Arizona Commerce Authority. This inaugural event has led to the year-round calendar of events to help strengthen the growing ecosystem.

The competition starts with a bracket of 64 startup companies. After two online elimination rounds in which the advancing companies are chosen by a selection panel, the top 16 companies will advance to the live-demo portion of the contest, held March 8-10, 2017, at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ.  There they’ll get a chance to grab some (or all!) of a $300,000 investment pool from active regional investors*, and have a chance to grab part of the $20,000 cash prize by live-pitching their way through the brackets before a selection panel and accredited investors who’ll determine which company will be ultimately be crowned our 2017 Venture Madness Champion.

*Note: $300,000 investment pool fund subject to investment fit, successful due diligence round and mutually agreeable terms. 

AZBio Members In The Running for 2017:


WATCH THE PITCH VIDEO AND PLACE YOUR VOTE!AniCell extends the ACTIVE life of animals by recycling amniotic material to create an all-natural regenerative treatment for veterinarians to treat tissue related injuries in animals.


WATCH THE PITCH VIDEO AND PLACE YOUR VOTE!Avery Therapeutics has a platform tissue engineering technology with applications in a variety of diseases. Avery’s lead product, MyCardia™, is a tissue engineered graft for treating heart failure. MyCardia is implanted on the surface of the diseased heart to grow blood vessels and heart muscle.


WATCH THE PITCH VIDEO AND PLACE YOUR VOTE!EpiFinder, Inc. ( provides proprietary clinical decision support software that helps doctors to diagnose epilepsy syndromes at the point-of-care. We embody ethics and excellence while creating value that utilizes the art of medicine to improve the lives of patients.


WATCH THE PITCH VIDEO AND PLACE YOUR VOTE!Omni offers one of kind, patented human growth factor (GF) products that provide the medical aesthetic patient superior recovery and less down time during invasive and non-invasive medical aesthetic procedures such as C02 laser treatments. This treatment typically requires a 7-10 day recovery.


WATCH THE PITCH VIDEO AND PLACE YOUR VOTE!Salutaris Medical Devices is a clinical-stage company anticipating first sales revenue in 2017. We are developing a minimally invasive treatment for Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration, a >$8 Billion therapeutic market. The disease is currently treated by chronic expensive pharmaceuticals that only

How to Vote for the People’s Choice Award

Go to, then the “SEE THE 2017 TOP 64 FINALISTS” box/link, find the companies you are interested in, and then simply click the GREEN or the RED button on the company page to give your thumbs up or thumbs down vote for any given companies.  You may do this for only one, a few, or all of the applicants.  It’s up to you!! … However, you can only vote once for each applicant company.  Clicking a RED button on a company does NOT impact the count at all.  The company with the most LIKES (GREEN button) wins the $5k People’s Choice (to be announced at the Venture Madness 2017 Conference). 

You can also view the full, bracket tournament matchups at the “VIEW BRACKET MATCH-UPS” box/link on the website!

Key Dates:

January 24, 2017:    Public “Voting” for the People’s Choice Award ends at 5:00 PM this day!!

January 25, 2017:   Look for the announcement of the Top 32 companies after the first round of the tournament!!     

Venture Madness Conference 2017:   March 8-10th, 2017, at The Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.


Registration is also underway to ATTEND the Conference at The Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale !!

For Voting, more Info and Conference Registration: 

Contact Karen Katzorke if any questions:



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