Pfhotonika has submitted for the Venture Madness contest presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority

This innovative competition pits 64 of the region’s most promising startups against each other in an exciting bracket-style, head-to-head competition. The companies that advance are based on a weighted average of votes from industry experts and the public.

Venture Madness culminates at an event March 5-7, 2014, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is here where 16 finalists will live-pitch their way through the brackets to win a share of $50,000 in cash prizes. Only one company will be crowned the 2014 Venture Madness Champion.

  • A panel of judges made up of industry experts will review and score all applications from the open application pool.
  • The top 32 companies be announced January 27, 2014.
  • They will compete alongside 32 other companies that were selected from previous rounds of the Arizona Innovation Challenge. These 64 companies will be divided into four regions, each with 16 companies ranked from 1 to 16. Companies will not be grouped by industry type.
  • VentureMadness.com will display seeded brackets showing the matchups in each region, updated after each elimination round. Viewers can click and view the competing companies’ 90-second pitch videos and review their full applications. The same pitch videos, descriptions and applications will be used throughout all online elimination rounds.
  • In each region of the bracket, the No. 1 seed will compete against the No. 16 seed, the No. 2 seed will go up against the No. 15 seed, and so on.

 

 

How The Winner Is Chosen

  • The first two elimination rounds will take place online at VentureMadness.com. The Venture Madness judges and the public will vote for favorites in each matchup, with the expert judges’ votes having a higher weight than cumulative votes from the public.
  • At the end of the second online elimination round, 16 companies will be invited to compete live for the Venture Madness Champion title. The public may vote on the 16 finalists until March 6, when the live event begins.
  • On March 6 and 7, the 16 finalists will make their pitches in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The results of each round will be posted online, and only those attending the event may vote. You must attend the event to participate in the action!

 

DECEMBER 6
Applications Open
JANUARY 10
Applications Close
JANUARY 27
64 Starting Companies Notified
FEBRUARY 3 – 14
Elimination Round 1
(64 companies starting, 32 advancing)
FEBRUARY 17 – 24
Elimination Round 2
(32 companies starting, 16 advancing)
MARCH 6
Elimination Round 3
(16 companies starting, 8 advancing)
MARCH 7
Elimination Rounds 4, 5 and 6
(8 companies starting, 1 winner chosen)
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Wolfram Mathematica researchers will build the Pfhotonika solar-hydrogen power system model

Pfhotonika has had conversations with Wolfram and they have graciously accepted building the  first model of Pfhotonika solar hydrogen power system using Mathematica and SystemModeler.

The person that was instrumental in getting this done was Jeff Hara and the 2 principals are Jan Brugard a Wolfram MathCore employee in Sweden  and Johan Rodin a Wolfram Research Inc., employee in Illinois. 

They also have good ties to the academic world in Sweden, especially Linköping University and Chalmers University, with which we regularly do joint research projects and co-supervised master thesis projects as well as Ph.D-level projects.

Pfhotonika is thrilled to have this very strong team from Mathematica supporting us in our endeavor to “save the earth one power system at a time” with Pfhotonika a solar hydrogen based power systems that is 100% environmentally benign in terms of emissions.

We’re very excited that Pfhotonika has been selected as one of 16 finalists to pitch at the StartupConnect AZ Conference on Wednesday, December 18.

Wednesday

Dec 18, 2013

The 2013 StartupConnect AZ Conference, presented by the Arizona Technology Council,IDS Technology Marketing and the Arizona Commerce Authority, will CONNECT and SHOWCASE our state’s growing startup community with an unprecedented lineup of experts from education, public policy, business, technology, economic development, incubation and co-working, investing and venture capital, and entrepreneurship.

StartupConnect AZ will also feature breakout sessions on four key startup verticals showing growth in Arizona:

  • Education Technology and STEM
  • Health Technology
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • eCommerce and SaaS

Pfhotonika will present at The 2013 Startup Connect AZ Conference

Arizona's first ever conference to connect our technology startup, corporate and funding ecosystem.

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EVENT DETAILS
Wednesday
Dec 18, 2013

The 2013 StartupConnect AZ Conference, presented by the Arizona Technology Council,IDS Technology Marketing and the Arizona Commerce Authority, will CONNECT and SHOWCASE our state’s growing startup community with an unprecedented lineup of experts from education, public policy, business, technology, economic development, incubation and co-working, investing and venture capital, and entrepreneurship.

StartupConnect AZ will also feature breakout sessions on four key startup verticals showing growth in Arizona:

  • Education Technology and STEM
  • Health Technology
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • eCommerce and SaaS

Pitch Contest – AZ Startups Apply by 11/15/13 and Win up to $10,000!
Arizona startups from each of our four verticals will have the opportunity to pitch in front of our audience and judges. The grand-prize winner will receive a cash fund comprised from ALL ticket sales from the event. The more tickets we sell, the larger the fund!

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!
Sponsoring the StartupConnect AZ Conference provides your organization with a unique opportunity to drive awareness and make an impression in front of a group of Arizona’s top leaders in technology, entrepreneurship, education and public policy.

AGENDA WEDNESDAY, DEC, 18 2013
7:30 – 8:30am
Registration and Networking
8:30 – 9:00am
Welcome Remarks
9:00 – 9:45am
Keynote Session
9:45-10:30am
Expert Panel – Public Policy & STEM
10:45-11:30am
Breakout – Ed Tech & STEM
10:45-11:30am
Breakout – Health Tech
10:45-11:30am
Breakout – Green Tech
10:45-11:30am
Breakout – eCommerce/SaaS, Sponsored by Insight
12:15 – 1:15pm
Lunch Keynote – Case Study on London’s “Tech City”
1:15 – 2:00pm
Expert Panel – Co-Working and Incubation
2:00 – 2:45pm
Expert Panel – Funding and Investment, Presented by Invest Southwest
2:45 – 3:30pm
Expert Panel – Women in Entrepreneurship
3:45 – 4:30pm
Vertical Breakout Pitches and Voting, Presented by Tallwave
4:30 – 5:15pm
Final Pitches and Audience Voting, Sponsored by Tallwave
5:15 – 5:30pm
Closing Remarks
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Pfhotonika Team off to the IP meetings next week

Coffee & Connections -Protecting Your Business Ideas: Why Care?

Topic: Start-up Assistance
Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Innovations – City of Chandler Incubator
Innovations
Chandler

Why Startups Fail?: Intellectual Property is cited as a key issue. Whether it is pitching to investors, offering your product for sale, or crowdfunding – you need to identify and protect IP first. Protecting your business idea does not have to be expensive or time consuming, the first step is awareness and education. Once it is understood that every business has IP, then it is simple to identify IP and how to protect it!

Speaker(s): Mary Juetten.

Mary Juetten has over twenty-five years of varied leadership, management, and business and financial consulting experience including successful turnarounds in the public and private sectors. In 2010, during law school, Mary founded traklight.com, a site that provides inventors, creators, and small businesses with online, affordable tools to identify and protect their intellectual property.