Top 64 Startups Make the First Round of Cuts for Invest Southwest’s 2017 Venture Madness Competition

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Next Round of Elimination Brings the Count to 32 by Jan 25, then Top 16 by Feb 3, $5k People’s Choice Award Voting Opens Today

Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority have chosen the top 64 startups for the 2017 Venture Madness competition. Online voting for the $5,000 People’s Choice award begins today and runs through 5pm MST on Tuesday, January 24. On January 25, the top 64 companies will be narrowed to 32, and then by February 3, 16 finalists will be chosen to move on to compete in a live, bracket-style, head-to-head competition. The live event is held March 8 – 10, 2017 at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ.

“Every year we see some of the most promising and interesting companies in the Southwest,” said Karen Katzorke, executive director of Invest Southwest. “This year is no exception. We received applications from Arizona, California and New Mexico. We are excited to unveil the top 64! We’ve made some big changes in programming and the competition as a whole, so we are thrilled to kick off the festivities with the first round of finalists. Good luck to everyone!”

Listed in alphabetical order, the 64 companies progressing to the next round of competition are:

AniCell Biotech, LLC
Attribytes, LLC
Avery Therapeutics
Bee The Swarm
Bourque Industries, Inc.
Breezing Co
Clean Router
Crystal Clear Technologies Inc.
Drove LLC
DUUL software
Empowerment Unlimited Coaching, LLC
Enfuego Technologies LLC
Entelligent Analytics
EpiFinder Inc.
EpiSys Science, Inc.
eSalesDash LLC
Fund My Business AZ
Golfpay, LLC
GoXtudio, LLC (dba GoX Studio)
GraphLock, Inc.
Innobright Technologies Inc.
iTether, LLC
Lectric Longboards
Life Design Analysis Inc.
More Bass Inc.
Omni Bioceutical Innovations, Inc
OYE! Business Intelligence
Paraffin International Inc
PerioEndoscopy, LLC
Pure Chat, Inc.
Pursuit Health Technologies, LLC
SalesTalk Technologies, LLC
Salted Earth
Salutaris Medical Devices
Schola, Inc.
Shepherd App, LLC
SMART Brain Aging, Inc.
Storage Together
Swappow, LLC
Tellspec USA
Trym, Inc.
WIQ Pinnacle
WynZyn, LLC

Companies that make it to the final round of competition will be battling for a chance at their share of a $20,000 cash prize and a $300,000 investment pool from active regional investors, as well as the opportunity to be named 2017 Venture Madness Champion.

See the Top 64 list and vote for your favorite finalists to help determine the $5,000 People’s Choice award winner on the Invest Southwest website:

Tickets are available for online purchase by following this link

To learn more about Venture Madness and Invest Southwest, 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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