Life365 was selected as one of 27 presenting companies in the 2018 Venture Madness Competition and Conference presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Presenting companies will pitch live on Tuesday, January 30 at Galvanize in Phoenix where they will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes. Companies have been grouped into four distinct categories:

  • SaaS Launch — Software-as-a-Service companies still developing their product and/or working to find a market fit with less than $250k in revenue and less than $500k raised over past 6 months.
  • SaaS Scale — Software-as-a-Service companies with a clear market fit and generating consistent revenue of $250k – $1.5 million and less than $3 million in raised capital over the past 6 months.
  • Hardware Tech — Companies building physical products such as wearables, IoT devices, drones, robotics, 3d printing, space tech, AR/AV, Ag Tech, new materials, etc.) with no thresholds on revenue and less than $3 million in raised capital.
  • Deep Tech — Companies working on software solutions with machine learning, AI, blockchain, computational imaging and recognition, etc. with no threshold on revenue and less than $3 million in raised capital.

Four winners, one from each category, will receive prize money, but all participating companies receive a range of benefits for their participation in the competition. The top 27 companies have access to mentorship sessions, feedback from the 30+ Invest Southwest selection committee members, and private receptions with local and national investors, successful entrepreneurs, investment bankers and other seasoned executives. The four category winners will advance to a final round, competing head to head on stage for an additional $10,000.

The Invest Southwest selection committee reviewed more that 80 applications this year, from states across the Southwest, and narrowed down to the top 27 most promising startups to participate in the competition. In addition to the competition, the conference hosts influential speakers, last year’s speakers included Reddit CEO Steve Huffman and Zenefits CEO Jay Fulcher. Hundreds of guests attend the annual event including entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capital investors, and other professionals.

Life365 will compete in the SaaS Scale category on January 30. “We’re excited for the opportunity to compete alongside our fellow Southwest startups, and looking forward to attending the receptions and mentorship sessions organized by Invest Southwest,” said Kent Dicks, Life365 CEO and Founder. “We’re grateful for the ongoing support Arizona provides for startups and feel this continued recognition is validation of our model and vision.”


The 2018 finalists include:

Deep Tech

  • Blue Matador, Inc., Utah
  • Codelucida, Inc., Arizona
  • Dentavations, Utah
  • I.Me.Mine, Arizona
  • Reglagene, Arizona
  • Seek, Utah

Hardware Tech

  • Emagine Solutions Technology, Arizona
  • Hydronalix, Arizona
  • Hygiea, Inc., California
  • OTOjOY, Arizona
  • Somatic Labs, Arizona
  • Swift Coat, Arizona
  • SaaS Launch
  • Hivemetric, Arizona

SaaS Launch

  • Hivemetric, Arizona
  • JANIIS, Utah
  • LoyalStream, Arizona
  • NewLAW Technologies, Arizona
  • Persosa, Arizona
  • VIBEcx, Utah
  • Translucent, Utah

SaaS Scale

  • NetChain Squared, LLC, Arizona
  • Attribytes, Inc., Arizona
  • Cheddar Up, Colorado
  • Fullbay, Arizona
  • Gyde & Seek, Utah
  • Life365, Arizona
  • Naya Energy LLC, Arizona
  • SimpleWAN, Arizona

For more information on the conference and to purchase tickets, visit the Invest Southwest website at: