WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2018 – As part of its 30+ year commitment to foster the growth of exceptional and promising market-leading companies from founding to exit, the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) is proud to announce that 16 companies will take the stage at TechBUZZ Fall 2018 on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in College Park, Maryland from 10:00am – 7:00pm at The Hotel at the University of Maryland. TechBUZZ, a ticketed business program hosted three times annually, is MAVA’s flagship seed and early-stage program dedicated to the support of the earliest of market-ready tech and tech-enabled companies across industry sector.
Launched in 2011, TechBUZZ provides a consistent and trusted platform for private, technology-based companies across sector and stage of development through two distinct tracks:
- Early Market Entrants, represent those companies with early customer validation and seed financing, who may be presenting their business for the first time in front of the professional business community
- Momentum, represent slightly more advanced companies that have exhibited proven customer traction and are on a positive growth trajectory
This cohort of 16 selected companies come from five states, and represent a diverse range of industry sectors, including Data/Analytics, EdTech, HealthIT, Cyber/Security, Software/SaaS, AR/VR, Business Services, and more.
TechBUZZ Fall 2018 will feature a newly-added VIP pre-program and luncheon session to bring together industry, investors, and established companies to tackle some of the leading market applications and technology use cases today and in the future. These industry-specific discussions will reflect present and future market demands that utilize leading technologies such as AR/VR, machine learning, AI, IoT, life sciences, data analysis, fintech, cyber/security, and more. Roundtable discussions will also include research and development (R&D) experts and leading faculty from the engineering, sciences, and business departments at the University of Maryland (UMD) for comprehensive discussions around innovative, market-leading applications and technologies.
“MAVA’s Fall TechBUZZ program, while it again will showcase a new cohort of 16 tech and tech-enabled companies from across industry sector and stage, provides a unique opportunity for investors and industry from across the country to engage with companies and leading innovators in our ecosystem,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director of MAVA. “The multi-faceted pre-program session will focus on use cases by bringing together the perspectives from industry, active investors, start-ups and growth companies, and leading researchers – all who play an important role in advancing the innovation that fuels the next generation of companies and technologies helping to solve societal, consumer, and enterprise problems.”
Over the past 20 editions, TechBUZZ has served as a trusted, independent platform for elevating technology-based solutions to industry problems. Tracked by industry and investors across the country, TechBUZZ has helped launch 385+ companies into the market providing a foundation to increase business ties, customer exposure, and investor interest important during a company’s lifecycle. As an example of the results participation provides, early-market companies having presented on stage have collectively raised more than $800M+ in disclosed post-presentation funding.
Featured companies were selected because of their innovative technology, approach to a consumer or enterprise problem, or a new twist to a market maker’s approach. Each company will take the stage for either four or five minutes, based on their associated track, to describe their respective business, vision, and product or service. Program participants will also hear industry insights and guidance from active institutional and corporate investors, as a means to help educate aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. 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 TechBUZZ Fall 2018 Review & Selection Committee was Co-Chaired by Ulhas Jagdale, New Enterprise Associates and Jim Keeratisakdawong, Core Capital Partners. They were joined by active investors from ABS Capital Partners, CIT GAP Funds, Harbert Growth Partners, Osage Venture Partners, Paladin Capital Group, Sands Capital Ventures, TDF Ventures, and Updata Partners and numerous leading professional advisors and coaches from the MAVA community.
COMPANIES SELECTED TO PRESENT DURING THE EARLY MARKET ENTRANT TRACK:
COMPANIES SELECTED TO PRESENT DURING THE T/B MOMENTUM TRACK: