Venture Madness Selects 16 Presenting Companies for their Annual Capital Conference & Pitch Competition

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Finalists will present at the 2024 Venture Madness Conference to secure funding from accredited investors and earn prizes for their early-stage companies.

Feb. 1, 2024 – PHOENIX – Venture Madness by Invest Southwest has selected 16 finalists for the 2024 Venture Madness Conference . Finalists were determined by a selection panel  from a pool of 130 applicants – up from 88 applicants in last year’s conference. Finalists were selected based on market need, industry attractiveness, competitive advantage, business model, management team and investment opportunity.

“These 16 companies will compete at the 2024 Venture Madness Conference for the chance to pitch to serious investors and win their share of $40,000 in cash prizes,” said Sydnie Keddington, Venture Madness Chair. “Arizona is at the forefront of some exciting technologies across a number of sectors. Venture Madness offers a platform to highlight the best and brightest startups in Arizona.  These companies will showcase their products and services to secure future funding from serious, accredited investors attending this event.”

The 16 finalists are:

Beyond Silicon

Bold Street



MealManage LLC

Microvascular Therapeutics, Inc.

Paramium Technologies






Rovicare, Inc.



Turn Medical

The 2024 Venture Madness Conference and Expo is a live event to be held on April 3-4 at the Clayton House in downtown Scottsdale. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at

In partnership with Arizona Commerce Authority, the 2024 Venture Madness Conference and Expo includes an audience of nearly 300 accredited investors, service professionals, entrepreneurs and other key community leaders. The conference 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.

Other featured startup  exhibitors showcased are:

Homer Farms

The Good Drone Company

Winners from the 2023 competition include:

1st Place: Strategikon Pharma, an end-to-end cloud-based platform to more efficiently budget, source and manage complex clinical trials.

2nd Place: The Polls Platform, which allows users to create, share and vote on polls, leading to organic growth, increased engagement and conversion.

3rd Place: Elevate, which helps candidates learn critical skills through a specialized 10-week program to land technology roles.

The Venture Madness Conference application process  is open to startups and early-stage companies within Arizona . 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 conference..


About Venture Madness by Invest Southwest

Venture Madness by Invest Southwest is the premier organization for connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region.  It offers year-round programs and events and hosts Arizona’s longest-running venture capital conference and pitch competition. In addition to providing a valuable connection point for both investors and early-stage companies preparing for growth, Venture Madness offers unparalleled networking for investors, early-stage companies, business leaders and mentors all designed to help young companies navigate their way to success one step at a time.

About The 2024 Venture Madness Conference and Expo

The Venture Madness Conference and Expo is an annual, signature event and is a  unique capital conference and pitch competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority.  Vetted companies apply to compete against one another in a head-to-head competition to crown a champion. For more, visit

About Previous Investor / Attendees

Investment firms who have attended the Venture Madness competition previously include: Access Venture Partners, ATI (Arizona Tech Investors), AVC, AZ-VC (formerly invisionAZ Fund), Battery Ventures, Bridge Bank, Canyon Angels, Cottonwood Technology Fund, Cypress Growth Capital, DCA Asset Management, Decathlon Capital, Desert Angels, DLA Piper, EPIC Ventures, Fulcrum Equity Partners, Golden Seeds, Grayhawk Capital, Intel Capital, JP Morgan, Kickstart Fund, Lighter Capital, MSP Sports Capital, Next Frontier Capital, Peak Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners, PHX Ventures, Prospeq, Radian Capital, RevTek Capital, Signal Peak Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Sonoran Founders Fund, Sorenson Capital, State 48 Ventures, Stout Street Capital, Sun Mountain Capital, Trinity Capital, Warburg Pincus and Wells Fargo Bank.

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Media Contact

Karen Katzorke

Executive Director, Venture Madness