June 18th, 2014, 1:00-7:30pm
Seriff Auditorium at AOL
44900 Prentice Drive, Dulles, VA 20166

20 Terrific Startups Took the Stage - Take a Look!

On June 18th, MAVA shined the spotlight on 20 of the hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic at AOL Fishbowl Labs. TechBUZZ June 2014 brought together an audience of more then 300 entrepreneurs, company-builders and active investors to hear the rapid-fire presentations of our 20 TechBUZZ Companies along with "real-time" feedback from the diverse Investor Feedback Panels responding to the 4-minute company presentations. These investor panels provided valuable insights for those involved with growing innovative technology companies. Inspiring keynotes shared by TechBUZZ Alumni Blake Hall, CEO of ID.me, and James Quigley, CEO of Canvas, added an important perspective for all of the company-builders in the room.

Building on the great momentum created by the terrific lineup of recent TechBUZZ Companies and sharing the lessons that foster entrepreneurship, innovation and growth, TechBUZZ June 2014 brought together the best of the region's tech scene to company-builders across all stages of growth!


Highlights from TechBUZZ Spring 2013: 

See What the BUZZ is All About:

"TechBUZZ provided an excellent opportunity to work with veterans from the investment community, to sharpen our delivery and messaging to meet VS expectations. Great exposure and networking opportunity!"
Brock Spradling
, Director of Sales and Marketing,
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"Going to startup events like TechBUZZ is one of the best ways to find really smart people who care about what they do...The culture of passion and excellence that you'll find at TechBUZZ is a perfect example of what makes startup world so wonderfully intoxicating."
Adam Trebach, CTO,
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"Great event for companies getting ready to raise money in the following 12 months. Good exposure and  practice and networking."
Michele Perry, Board Member,
Cyber Squared
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"It is one of the best organized event with friendliest people in all categories, MAVA team, investors and participants."
Ulku Oktem, President,
Near-Miss Management LLC
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"We wanted to get our idea out to the investment community as we've gained meaningful traction by being totally bootstrapped thus far...It was a more elaborate even than we were even expecting, and our expectations were high."
Tyler Feret, CEO,
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"We increased our awareness with the "who's who" of the DC metro area venture community. Like any good marketing around events, it helps if you have some momentum with the venture community going into the event so you can accelerate momentum coming out."
Jason D Jue, CMO,
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"BUZZ! Your company appears on the radar of industry/media/investor. Prior to that you are just another "start-up", but with the "buzz" you can use that for advantage from media to investors."
Dewan Chowdhury, Founder & CEO,
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"MAVA has been the GOLD standard of platforms for technology companies. MAVA team is the most professional and experienced group.  Our experience was nothing short of amazing!"
Ray Bolouri, Founder,
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"TechBUZZ provided us a unique opportunity to work with industry veterans to refined our message and company pitch based on the "4 minute" requirement, and of course the networking and new introductions was invaluable."
Jay Chapel, CEO,
Ostrato, Inc.
TechBUZZ Spring 2014

"When it's your first time raising money, the process can get overwhelming. TechBUZZ Georgetown gave us the perfect stage to get started and get our name out there. The quality of the crowd is one of the best, if not the best, I've seen at a pitch event, and many investors we met at the event eventually funded us. It's one of those events you should really want to prepare for and make the most of, because you can expect a lot of doors to open." 
James Li, CEO,
TechBUZZ Georgetown, September 2013

"TechBUZZ is an amazing platform for launching your startup and a fundraising process. I highly recommend that all startups apply to present and put in serious time preparing your pitch."
John Bracken, CEO and Co-Founder,
TechBUZZ Spring, May 2012

"Results matter and TechBUZZ delivered the best results. We earned more funding for our business from the group at TechBUZZ than any other audience. The event was exceptionally well-organized, full of substance and outstanding people. Any entrepreneur will get a ton of value from it."
Dave Aidekman, CEO,
The Trip Tribe
TechBUZZ Georgetown, September 2013

"Presenting at TechBUZZ helped put us on the map as a start-up to watch. It also opened doors for us to meet dozens of potential investors and provided a platform to inform hundreds of attendees about or start-up, SameGrain."
Anne Balduzzi, Founder,
TechBUZZ Georgetown, September 2013

"TechBUZZ was a great opportunity to showcase our new company. We met quite of a few potential investors and others who could help provide guidance. The process is also great in that in that it really forces you to hone your message. At first, 4 minutes seems just way to short but at the end of the day if you can't get an investor interested in that amount of time you are probably not going to be successful anyway. I used to think this type of process was crazy but I now see how it is a great way to showcase up and coming companies. Unfortunately, for Facility3D we later learned more about the marketplace and realized we didn't have the opportunity that we thought. Already working on the next business though and hope to present this company at an upcoming TechBUZZ."
John Estrada, Founding Partner,
Dering & Estrada
TechBUZZ Georgetown, September 2013

Why attend TechBUZZ?
  • Meet early-stage investors
  • Raise your company's profile
  • Network with VC for future fundraising
  • Improve your pitch to investors
  • Hear about the latest new ideas, technologies and business models
  • Get valuable feedback
  • Make valuable tech sector business connections
Who attends TechBUZZ?
  • Angel investors
  • VC investors
  • Seasoned professional advisors from the startup ecosystems
  • Company Builders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs... You!
What is TechBUZZ?

Over the past few years, the Mid-Atlantic region has emerged as the birthplace of some of the hottest ideas, game-changing innovations and applications of cutting-edge technologies in the United States. Whether these ideas are developed by design or by trial and error, they are being invented, created and developed in our area.

TechBUZZ was launched in May 2011 as a half-day conference preceding Capital Connection in response to the growing impact start-ups and seed-stage companies are having in recent years on the investment ecosystem overall. 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 who are actively developing their concepts, testing their beta or prototype products and services and pursuing a path toward market entry.

  • The application window for TechBUZZ June 2014 is now closed. Applications received after May 26th will be considered for our September 19th event at Georgetown University.  
  • It's free (and easy) to "throw your hat in the ring" - investor review guaranteed
  • Extraordinary visibility & market launch for all presenters - this could be your Big Break!