Top 32 Companies Advance to Round 2 of 2016 Venture Madness Competition

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Final elimination round will determine top 16 finalists by February 1, 2016.

Venture Madness 2016
One of the top 64 finalists will win the People’s Choice award and will be awarded $5,000. The top 16 finalists will be announced on February 1, 2016.

Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority have selected the top 32 startups who are advancing to round two of the 2016 Venture Madness competition. Voting for the online ‘bracketology’ competition is now open to the public to select the 2016 People’s Choice winner. The Invest Southwest’s selection panel determined the top 64 finalists earlier this month, and will narrow the list to 16 finalists to present in the bracket-style, head-to-head event at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ on March 2 – 4, 2016.

“This stage of the competition moves very quickly,” said Karen Katzorke, executive director of Invest Southwest. “There is a lot going on in January as we are narrowing the selection down to 16 by the end of the month – no easy task for the selection panel. In addition, our annual sponsors serve up some great workshops and events for the local community to participate in. There are so many resources geared towards helping propel our entrepreneurial community this year, we are excited to be a part of the action.”

Listed in alphabetical order, the 32 companies to make the second cut for the 2016 Venture Madness event are:

AutoKept, Inc.
Bravo Tip or Pay (Bravo, LLC)
Clean Router
ClearVoice, Inc.
CTX Technology Inc.
Energy Surety Partners
Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc.
NuvOx Pharma
Paraffin International Inc.
Pure Chat, Inc.
RevolutionParts, Inc.
Salted Earth LLC
Smart Clinic
SolarThermiX, LLC
Solera Health, Inc.
The Medical Memory

One of the top 64 finalists will win the People’s Choice award and will be awarded $5,000. Vote for your favorite company online here. The top 16 finalists will be announced on February 1, 2016. The remaining companies will move on to participate in the live event for their chance at part of the $100,000 prize and the chance to be crowned the 2016 Venture Madness Champion. Tickets are on sale now for the live event, which is expected to sell out.

To learn more about Venture Madness and register to submit your bracket picks, please visit:

About Invest Southwest
Invest Southwest is the premier organization for connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region. In addition to providing valuable information on topics important to the investment community, Invest Southwest offers year-round opportunities for investors to connect with emerging growth companies. Its signature event, Venture Madness, is a unique competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Venture Madness pits 64 thoroughly evaluated emerging companies against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition to crown the champion of champions. Visit for more information.

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