WASHINGTON, DC, October 4, 2017 — As part of MAVA’s ongoing commitment to foster seed and early-stage company growth, the latest group of startup companies has been selected from a range of industry sectors to be showcased on stage at the third installment of MAVA’s year-long TechBUZZ program for 2017. Since the program was launched in 2011, TechBUZZ presenting companies have received more than $705M in aggregate disclosed funding, with many more investments and acquisitions made under undisclosed terms.
The TechBUZZ Fall program will provide an unparalleled opportunity for these 18 selected companies to share their company launch and fund-raising pitch, in a four-minute format, along with their demo to an in-person audience of hundreds of business leaders, fellow innovators, experienced company-builders, corporate strategic partners, potential acquirers and active investors. The event will be held on October 19th at the Jack Morton Auditorium at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
By consistently presenting promising, fundable and market-ready business start-ups, TechBUZZ provides a uniquely independent platform and one of the most recognized of its kind in the country, attracting both innovative tech and tech-enabled companies, along with investors and collaborators from across the country and beyond who track new trends and up and coming companies. The TechBUZZ platform provides a best-in-class platform focused solely on advancing viable market-ready companies and connecting them with critical resources.
“Competitively reviewed by a team of active investors and industry professionals, each selected company has earned one of the coveted spots on the program to present at TechBUZZ,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director, MAVA. “We are particularly proud of the fact that more than 60% of all TechBUZZ companies to date have secured some form of financing, totalling in aggregate more than $705M in reported funding after TechBUZZ, which speaks to the quality of who present on the TechBUZZ stage.”
Providing Solutions to Business, Consumer and Health Industry Problems
“The Fall line-up of presenting companies represents a variety of sectors including Saas, Mobility, Data Analytics and FinTech,” continued Spicer, “These innovative solutions offer wide-ranging, problem-solving technology or tech-enabled solutions to real-world problems. In addition to hitting the radars of potential investors, selected companies benefit from increased visibility and industry interest which helps to secure new customers, hire talent and garner important market mind-share.”
Featured TechBUZZ presenting companies were selected because of their innovative technology, approach to a commerce or enterprise problem, or perhaps a new twist to a market maker’s approach, making TechBUZZ a nationally watched platform by industry and investors, with seed to later stage interests. Collectively the presenting companies provide a representative showing of industry start-ups and businesses being launched across a broad range of sectors including Data Analytics, HealthIT, FinTech, IoT, Cyber/Security, Mobility, and many others.
Each of the startups chosen for the 18 formal presentation slots will take the stage for four minutes to describe their respective company, business vision, and product or service. Presenting companies were selected from a highly competitive pool of diverse startups by a review committee of more than 20 MAVA member investors and business advisors. The Review and Selection Committee for the TechBUZZ Fall edition was co-chaired by Jen O’Daniel, Investment Director, CIT GAP Funds and Cameron Salem, Senior Associate, Updata Partners.
Ranging in development from nascent to seed stage, the startup companies presenting at TechBUZZ Fall reflect the strength of the East Coast as a birthplace of game-changing innovations. The 18 companies on stage for this edition of TechBUZZ represent startup communities from California, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
TechBUZZ is a uniquely independent platform followed regularly by industry and investors across the US and abroad and is recognized by business leaders across the country as one of the premier venues for credible early companies coming to market. Having showcased more than 335 competitively-selected companies since the program’s founding years, the TechBUZZ program surfaces some of the latest industry trends to watch.
What Recent Presenting Companies Have to Say
“MAVA’s TechBUZZ is an excellent way to get on the radar of some of the east coast’s most coveted private and institutional investors.” Andrew Pohle, COO Real Time Cases (Spring 2015 Presenter)
“MAVA and the TechBUZZ experience set us on a distinct trajectory in our capital raise. We are better prepared for conversations and pitching. The network is authentic and committed to success.” Kimberly Moore, CEO and Co-founder, Go Together (Spring 2017 Presenter)
“MAVA’s TechBUZZ is the most robust investor pitch forum for hot early-stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and, as its name implies, it is the most advanced at generating marketing buzz through all of its media outlets.” Neil Kleinberg Founder & CEO, DiliVer (Summer 2017 Presenter)
The TechBUZZ Fall Presenting Companies Are: