Invest Southwest’s Venture Madness competition announces 24 finalists

Invest Southwest, a nonprofit committed to helping local startups succeed since 1992, announced the finalists for its Venture Madness competition.

The competition, co-sponsored by the Arizona Commerce Authority, will be held Jan. 29-30 at Galvanize Phoenix. The event begins with a networking reception on Monday night. On Tuesday, the 24 finalists will first compete for the $10,000 top prize within each of the four categories, then for a grand prize of an added $10,000.

“We are excited about the caliber of talent and innovation represented in our finalists this year,” said Nate Mortensen, Invest Southwest’s 2018 chair, in a press release. “There are a lot of new faces in the competition including more representation from surrounding states – more than any previous year. The formatting change will be a refreshing pace for attendees while also making it a more accessible event for investors both locally and on a national level.”

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Competition day will also feature keynotes from Rei Carvalho, founder, and CEO of Emailage; Jerry Coleman, co-founder and co-CEO of OfferPad; and Todd Davis, former CEO of LifeLock.

The finalists, grouped by competition category, include:

Deep Tech

Blue Matador, Inc., Utah

Codelucida, Inc., Arizona

Dentavations, Utah

I.Me.Mine, Arizona

Reglagene, Arizona

Seek, Utah

Hardware Tech

Emagine Solutions Technology, Arizona

Hydronalix, Arizona

Hygiea, Inc., California

OTOjOY, Arizona

Somatic Labs, Arizona

Swift Coat, Arizona

SaaS Launch

Hivemetric, Arizona


LoyalStream, Arizona

NewLAW Technologies, Arizona

Persosa, Arizona

VIBEcx, Utah

Translucent, Utah

SaaS Scale
NetChain Squared, LLC, Arizona
Attribytes, Inc., Arizona
Cheddar Up, Colorado
Fullbay, Arizona
Gyde & Seek, Utah
Life365, Arizona
Naya Energy LLC, Arizona
SimpleWAN, Arizona

“It is both an honor and a privilege to have been selected as a finalist,” said Bryce Horner, co-founder and chief revenue officer of Hivemetric, in an email. “Venture Madness connects the next great wave of growing businesses with an incredible network of mentors, venture investors, and industry experts – and that opportunity is invaluable. It is a positive experience for every competing company, regardless of the outcome.”

Jessica Swarner

Author: Jessica Swarner

Jessica is a recent graduate of ASU where she studied political science and journalism. She is currently a researcher at a local cybersecurity company. Her hobbies include reading up on hacker forums on Tor and giving unsolicited podcast recommendations.

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