SOURCE: Invest Southwest Capital Conference
SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Jul 24, 2012) - Invest Southwest, the premier capital conference in Arizona, is gearing up for its 20th year of showcasing some of the most promising emerging companies in the Southwest. This November, a handful of carefully selected startups from around the region will present their ideas to regional and national investors at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.
"For the past 20 years, Invest Southwest has showcased the top emerging companies in our local and regional markets and provided them with a forum to promote their companies to active investors. We are dedicated to our mission of encouraging economic growth through capital investments in growing enterprises," said Jonathan Coury, 2012 Chairman of Invest Southwest and Partner at Hool Law Group, Phoenix, Arizona.
Companies interested in presenting at this year's conference can submit early-bird applications by Wednesday, August 1st. The final application deadline is 5:00 p.m. (AZ time) on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Applicants are screened by the Invest Southwest Selection Panel, which is comprised of local and regional investors.
"We have seen a trend of improvement in the quality of applicant companies over the recent years, as well as an increase in volume of companies, with more than 130 applications last year. With the undercurrent of growth that the regional technology market is experiencing, we expect the trend to continue this year and are excited to see what the 2012 class has to offer. More importantly, we are interested in shining the national spotlight on these high potential companies and helping them attract investor capital through their exposure at the conference," said Dax Williamson, Selection Panel Co-Chair 2012 Chairman of Invest Southwest who works with Silicon Valley Bank, Tempe, Arizona.
Companies selected to present at the conference will have the opportunity to be mentored by a team of seasoned experts and investors. As part of the conference, these companies will present their business plans to angel, venture capital, and institutional investors. The conference will take place November 28-30.
Companies interested in learning more about the Invest Southwest process can attend a free "Get Ready Seminar" on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Get Ready Seminar attendees will learn what investors are looking for and how to prepare their applications in a way that effectively spotlights their company. To register for the Get Ready Seminar, and to find application requirements visit www.investsouthwest.org.
About Invest Southwest Capital Conference
Invest Southwest has been successfully connecting entrepreneurs and investors in the Southwest since 1992. Presenting companies have raised over a quarter billion dollars and presenters from past conferences include regional success stories, such as Ventana Medical, NetPro, Vivid Semiconductor, and AutoXray. Companies selected for the conference typically seek between $500,000 and $10 million in capital from investors. For more information about Invest Southwest, with title sponsor Snell and Wilmer, L.L.C., visit www.investsouthwest.org and www.twitter.com/investsw.