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)
The TechBUZZ Fall Presenting Companies are:
|Ascend Fitness LLC||Charlottesville, VA
|Atriceps, Inc||Fairfax, VA
|Bookkeeping Express (BKE)||Arlington, VA
|CareClix||Tysons Corner, VA
|Farm Table||Richmond, VA
|Gold Lasso||Gaithersburg, MD
|Graphus Inc||Reston, VA
|Immuta||College Park, MD
|NetstarSoft LLC||Herndon, VA
|Sisu Global Health||Baltimore, MD
|Student Opportunity Center||Washington, DC
|Supercook||New York, NY and Washington, DC
TechBUZZ was first piloted in 2010 and launched in May 2011 as a half-day conference preceding Capital Connection in response to the growing impact startups and seed-stage companies are having in recent years on the investment ecosystem overall. Since 2013 the now year-long program has provided a continuous platform for early stage companies by showcasing 15-20 companies at three events per year. Today TechBUZZ is one of MAVA’s annual flagship programs and routinely attracts between 300-400 attendees to each pitch event. MAVA is dedicated to continuing to foster and celebrate this vital area of our membership by bringing together investors and entrepreneurs in a dynamic and meaningful format. TechBUZZ shines a well-deserved light on the visionary innovators and company-builders in our region, and beyond, who are actively pursuing a path toward market entry and have customer validation.
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About MAVA: The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) brings together company-builders from across the country and at every stage of development, providing a trusted public showcase to promote these enterprises, from promising startups to publicly-traded success stories. TechBUZZ in particular offers a public platform for community partners and their companies and helps shape a supportive ecosystem for the earliest of start-ups.
For more than 25 years, MAVA has served the full community of innovators, companies, private capital, suppliers, and key advisors needed to build successful businesses from start-up to exit. From venture to private equity, angel to growth equity, and family office to corporate strategic, MAVA brings together the full spectrum of capital and key resources necessary to accelerate the growth of companies across industry sectors and stages of development. MAVA provides a wide range of programs designed to stimulate revenue and company growth, facilitate quality deal flow, encourage collaboration and foster relationships among entrepreneurs, investors, strategic partners and customers.