WASHINGTON, DC, September 14, 2015 — 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 third installment of MAVA’s year-long TechBUZZ program in 2015. Since the program was launched in 2011, TechBUZZ presenting companies have received more than $270M in aggregate disclosed funding, with many more investments and acquisitions made under undisclosed terms.
The TechBUZZ Fall program will provide an unparalleled opportunity for the 20 selected companies to share their fund-raising pitch, in a four-minute format, with an audience of fellow innovators, experienced company-builders, and active investors at the event to be held on October 7th at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC. For more than five years, the TechBUZZ platform has been dramatically accelerating the growth trajectory of the companies featured on the program stage.
“Over time, the visibility, market awareness and invaluable coaching provided to each of the selected TechBUZZ companies has proven to meaningfully impact these young firms’ ability to secure new customers, partners, and investors,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director, MAVA. “We believe that the continued growth of these companies after their time on the TechBUZZ stage is a true testament to the program’s value to the companies and to all those who support emerging enterprises.”
“We were once again impressed with the depth and diversity of this applicant class,” said Spicer. “The Fall TechBUZZ will be our third of the year, and we continue to see nearly 500 applicants come through each year. This speaks to the vibrancy of the technology ecosystem on the East Coast where innovative startups continue to emerge in significant numbers.”
The twenty 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 startups and businesses being launched across a broad range of sectors including: AdTech, Cyber, Consumer, Education, Agri-business, SaaS, Business Services and many more.
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 from across the Mid-Atlantic by a group of MAVA investors and business advisors.
Ranging in development from nascent to seed stage, the startup companies presenting at TechBUZZ Fall reflect the strength of the Mid-Atlantic as the birthplace of game-changing innovations. The 20 companies on stage at this edition of TechBUZZ represent startup communities across Virginia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.
“TechBuzz was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage in a rigorous process of presenting our company to an audience of savvy investors while being supported by expert coaches who were generous with their time and who care about nurturing up-and-coming entrepreneurs,” said Nicole Tucker-Smith, CEO & Founder of Lessoncast and TechBUZZ presenter alumni (June 2015)