Arizona's top student startups to compete at Demo Day

Arizona’s top student-run startup companies will compete at the first-ever Arizona Student Startup Demo Day from noon to 5 p.m., March 29, at ASU SkySong.

The ASU initiative brings together 12 startups from the university, as well as Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona, to pitch their companies to a panel of judges in vying for $30,000 in prize money.

Each startup will be judged on:

• problem and proposed solution
• strength of team and advisors
• market opportunity
• go-to-market strategy
• budget and use of funds
• progress made toward launch

One team from each university will receive $7,000 and three runners-up from any of the schools will receive $2,000 each. In addition, one grand-prize winner selected from the top three teams will receive the inaugural Arizona Startup Territorial Cup and an additional $3,000 in prize money.

The event, which is sponsored by Hool Law Group and MAC6, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided, and a reception with live music by local band The 8-Teaze will follow.