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Venture Madness Is Coming - Are You Ready?

Tue 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Financing

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, pits the most promising startups against one another in a live pitch, head-to-head competition. Firms selected for the competition also benefit from valuable mentoring with Arizona leaders in the startup community. The competition is open to early-stage firms demonstrating proven market traction. The Venture Madness application window opened April 8 and closes June 3 for the October event.

Are you ready to compete and share your story? Tom Fulcher, Business Analyst and Venture Madness Mentor Chair/Selection committee member will share insights and tips with you. He will also provide an overview of the application process.

He will be joined by Lou Farina. Lou is the Maricopa SBDC Technology program coordinator and a long-term veteran of startup and emerging businesses. He has worked in this ecosystem for years before joining the SBDC. Tom and Lou have worked with multiple Venture Madness winners over the years.

The program will begin with a presentation on the application and process before switching to a conversation style. Questions will be taken from the audience.

Topics include:

  • Better understanding of application and application process
  • Review eligibility requirements
  • Insights on how applications are evaluated
  • Learn more about the event and benefits of participation
  • Pick up additional knowledge on investors
  • Determine if the timing is right for your company

Fundraising can be extremely challenging in the current pandemic environment. The SBIR program is the nation's largest source of early-stage/high-risk funding for start-ups and small businesses. The highly competitive SBIR program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and research development (R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. SBIR enables small businesses to explore technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. Join us and learn how to fund your innovation-based startup using non-dilutive seed capital provided by the federal government

Speaker(s): Tom Fulcher, SBDC Business Analyst Lou Farina, SBDC Business Analyst

Please note: prior to the webinar, you will receive an additional Zoom registration link. This registration will need to be completed in order to attend and access the webinar via Zoom.

Fee: No Cost

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