Invest Southwest unveils Venture Madness finalists

Above: Speakers Justin Kan, Steve Huffman, Daniel Kan and Greg Head (from left to right) address the crowd at Venture Madness 2017. (Photo courtesy of Invest Southwest) Business News | 25 Jan |

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: 

Consumer

GridRival, Oregon

RVeloCity, Arizona

TuneGO, Nevada

CutGolf, Arizona

Matchplay, Arizona

Deep Tech/Hardware/IoT

Force Impact Technologies, Arizona

EnPower, Arizona

eTrack Tech, Arizona

Soggy Food Sucks, Arizona

Delta Thermal, Arizona

Growth

Homie, Utah

JUMP, Utah

Quote Countertops, Arizona

Virtuous Software, Arizona

Sprout Financial, Arizona

Healthcare

Emagine Solutions Technology, Arizona

BennuBio, New Mexico

ElectroSonix LC, Arizona

LIGHTHOUSE, Arizona

Omni Bioceutical Innovations, Arizona

SaaS 

AdaptiveSN, Arizona

Attribytes, Arizona

BrightGuest Technologies, Arizona

Digitile, Arizona

Heads Up Health, Arizona

Innovative Construction Technology, Arizona

Persosa, Arizona

Qwick, Arizona

RexPay, Arizona

SimpliBuzz, Arizona

Surf Media, Arizona

Symba, Arizona

Trainual, Arizona

YiloSoft, 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 Madnesssponsorship 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.

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