WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2016 — As part of MAVA’s ongoing commitment to foster seed and early-stage company growth, 20 startup companies have been selected from a range of industry sectors to be showcased on stage at the second installment of MAVA’s year-long TechBUZZ program for 2016. Since the program was launched in 2011, TechBUZZ presenting companies have received more than $525M in aggregate disclosed funding, with many more investments and acquisitions made under undisclosed terms.
The TechBUZZ Summer program will provide an unparalleled opportunity for the 20 selected companies to share their company demo and fund-raising pitch, in a four-minute format, with an audience of hundreds of business leaders, fellow innovators, experienced company-builders, corporate strategic partners, potential acquirers and active investors at the event to be held on June 16th at the UMBC Columbus Center at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.
“One of the most results-oriented platforms of its kind in the country, TechBUZZ showcases promising business start-ups, with alumni companies having raised more than $500M in total aggregate financing,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director, MAVA. “In addition to showcasing fundable, market-ready enterprises, companies who’ve earned one of the coveted spots on the program benefit from increased visibility and industry interest which helps to secure new customers, hire talent and attract investment capital.”
“We are especially pleased to be hosting this edition of TechBUZZ in Baltimore where the program was founded,” said Spicer, “and we are joined by numerous dedicated community partners who share our commitment to building a strong economy through entrepreneurship.”
The Summer line-up of companies represents some of the latest in emerging tech trends, from financial technologies to education products, from healthcare data management to security solutions. Featured TechBUZZ presenting companies were selected because of their innovative technology or approach to a commerce or enterprise problem. Collectively they provide a representative showing of industry start-ups and businesses being launched across a broad range of sectors including software, , health IT, data analytics, and many others.
Each of the startups chosen for the 20 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 MAVA member investors and business advisors.
Ranging in development from nascent to seed stage, the startup companies presenting at TechBUZZ Summer reflect the strength of the East Coast as the birthplace of game-changing innovations. The 20 companies on stage for this edition of TechBUZZ represent startup communities across Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington, DC.
TechBUZZ is a unique independent platform followed regularly by industry and investors across the US 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 280 competitively-selected companies in five years, the TechBUZZ program surfaces some of the latest industry trends to watch.
What Presenting Companies Have to Say
TechBUZZ put us in the best launching platform to start raising capital for our business venture. We are glad we were selected to present in such an outstanding event.
Ricardo Leon, Chief Product Officer, Flashgrade, TechBUZZ company (Spring 2016)
It took three rounds before our application was accepted. It was the right call as our company Kitchology was not ready before. The discipline of selection and preparation are second to none in the Mid-Atlantic. It is well worth the patience and effort of trying.
Dr. Alain Briancon, CEO and Co-Founder Kitchology Inc., TechBUZZ Presenter (Spring 2016)
Best organized start-up event with lots of investors, great energy and immediate results
Gene Eidelman, CEO and Co-Founder, GamePlan, TechBUZZ Presenter (Spring 2016)
This experience has elevated my investor pitch to a new level. I would highly recommend TechBUZZ to anyone who wants to raise funding for their startup or emerging company”
Nick Perdikis, CEO of Devensoft and TechBUZZ Presenter (Spring 2016)
The TechBUZZ Summer Presenting Companies Are: