SOURCE: Tallwave

Tallwave

January 14, 2014 10:15 ET

Tallwave Portfolio Companies, Clients and High Tide Alum Apply for Invest Southwest's Venture Madness Competition

Venture Development Firm Supports Capital Development Through Largest Regional Funding Competition

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Jan 14, 2014) - As a venture development firm and commercializor, Tallwave helps entrepreneurs build their early stage companies through sound capital strategy and well-executed go-to-market plans. Several Tallwave-affiliated companies are at important points in their capital development efforts and have applied to the inaugural "Venture Madness" competition, a signature event of Invest Southwest, for support.

Tallwave is a major sponsor of this year's Invest Southwest, touted as the Southwest region's best known and largest capital conference for startups. The event is being held March 5-7, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona at Talking Stick Resort.

"We applaud the success and momentum of these rising marketplace leaders and are proud of the role we play in fostering their commercialization and scale," said Thom Brodeur, executive vice president, Venture Management, Tallwave. "Competitions such as Venture Madness offer the most promising startups in the region opportunities for valuable insights, additional connections, a chance to further polish their pitching skills and access to critical capital resources."

The following companies have submitted applications to Venture Madness and await a panel of judges to name the top 32 companies on January 27, 2014:

  • Wholesalefund - a Tallwave portfolio company and winner of a $250,000 Arizona Commerce Authority's (ACA) Arizona Innovation Challenge grant in Spring 2012, is the leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) marketplace and matching platform serving the $200B specialty consumer packaged goods product manufacturer and convenience store sector.

  • Convrrt - a Tallwave "High Tide" business competition alum, Convrrt's automated platform is the easiest way to create, publish and test landing page campaigns proven to increase leads by up to 400%. In a $17B annual ad spend market in the U.S.; Convrrt helps companies make the most of their money.

  • Delivery-IT (formerly d.b.a. SaveOnCouriers.com) is a Tallwave "High Tide" alum and also winner of a $250,000 Fall 2013 ACA Arizona Innovation Challenge grant. Delivery-IT provides a SaaS delivery management solution for retailers looking to reduce delivery costs, increase in-store revenue and improve customer experience through seamless delivery of their goods.

  • Solid State Networks - a Tallwave Venture Services client, Solid State Networks helps companies create a connected experience with a digital delivery platform focused on software and online games.

About Tallwave

Tallwave is a commercializor.

The company creates commercial success and shareholder value for entrepreneurs and investors by validating, scaling and managing early-stage and growth ventures with a hands-on approach.

What separates Tallwave from the limitations of Incubator, Accelerator and traditional Venture Capital firm business models is its proprietary Tallwave Way™ closed-loop commercialization engine. The combination of Tallwave's lean Business Blueprint™ for product and company validation, its Operator Model™ for resource deployment and the access to pre-seed through Series A capital its networks provide, has been used to vet over 300 entrepreneurs and their concepts, validate more than 65 startups, and build a portfolio of half a dozen early-stage companies.

Founded and led by former iCrossing, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, GoDaddy and Marketwire executives, Tallwave is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Twice a year, Tallwave hosts High Tide™; one of the most innovative startup competitions in the U.S. Additional information about Tallwave is available at www.tallwave.com.

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