Venture Madness by Invest Southwest has selected 17 finalists for the 2023 Venture Madness Competition. Finalists were selected by judges from a pool of 88 applicants based on market need, industry attractiveness, competitive advantage, business model, management team and investment opportunity.

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“These 17 companies will compete at the 2023 Venture Madness Conference for the chance to win their share of $40,000 in cash prizes,” said Hamid Shojaee, Board Chairman of Venture Madness. “Presenting finalists will also have the opportunity to secure funding for their early-stage companies from accredited investors that will be attending the event.”

Listed in alphabetical order, the 17 finalists are:

ActiveClass, Tempe, AZ

ChangeSync, Mesa, AZ

Delta Development Team Inc. Tucson, AZ

dotScribe, Scottsdale, AZ

EduFi, Scottsdale, AZ

equipifi, Scottsdale, AZ

KeepWOL, Phoenix, AZ

Lilia Health, Phoenix, AZ

losci, Phoenix, AZ

Mercurio Analytics, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Padma Agrobotics, Mesa, AZ

PathogenDX, Scottsdale, AZ

Polls for Messages Inc., Scottsdale, AZ

Promineo Tech, Peoria, AZ

Strategikon Pharma, San Francisco, CA

The Patient Company, Scottsdale, AZ

Top Applicant, Inc. dba Elevate, Gilbert, AZ

The 2023 Venture Madness Conference and Expo is a live event to be held on April 12-13 at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at

Attendees at the 2023 Venture Madness Conference and Expo include accredited investors, service professionals, and entrepreneurs. The conference is held in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority and is Arizona’s longest standing venture capital and pitch conference, bringing together accredited investors with the region’s most promising ventures. Since the inception, participating companies have raised more than $1 billion in funding.

This year’s event will also feature a new alumni session that highlights four former finalists who will share inspiring stories about raising capital.

Alumni companies include:

AlgoFace, Carefree, AZ

Metfora, Tucson, AZ

Reglagene, Tucson, AZ

Rivia Health, Tempe, AZ

Winners from the 2022 competition include:, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ

Frites Street, Scottsdale, AZ

TapRoot Interventions & Solutions Inc., Phoenix, AZ

PWR Lab, Inc., Aptos, CA

Neon Screens, Gilbert, AZ (People’s Choice)

The Venture Madness competition is open to early-stage and emerging growth companies from across the U.S. and offers its participants exclusive access to active, accredited angel investors and venture capital firms from around the country. All finalists receive expert mentorship from seasoned investors, business leaders and other successful entrepreneurs in preparation for the competition.