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Tallwave Partners With City of Avondale Arizona to Accelerate Healthcare and Technology Startups With Avondale Venture Blueprint(TM) Training

Twelve Week Entrepreneurial Training Course Designed to Strengthen Early-Stage Venture Viability and Likelihood of Growing and Sustaining Their Businesses

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 01/29/14 -- In a move designed to nurture early-stage ventures that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and solve real-world issues, Tallwave today announced it has partnered with the City of Avondale to launch "Avondale Venture Blueprint™. Selected applicants will pay a nominal fee of $100 for the twelve week healthcare and technology entrepreneur training course that is co-sponsored by Arizona Public Service and Infusionsoft and is not limited to residents of Avondale.

Who:
City of Avondale, developed by Tallwave

What:
Avondale Venture Blueprint

When:
Beginning March 18, 2014, classes will be held every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and conclude on June 3, 2014

Where:
First floor Mojave Conference Room of Avondale City Hall, 11465 W Civic Center Drive, Avondale, Arizona 85323

Participants for Avondale Venture Blueprint will be selected from a pool of applicants that can submit online at no charge at www.avondale.org/ventureblueprint. Completed applications are due March 1, 2014 by 11:59:59PM MST.

Healthcare and IT entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the program can visit the website above or contact Cheryl Covert at 623-333-1413, or [email protected].

Designed by Tallwave as an active, immersive and practical learning experience, Avondale Venture Blueprint™ is a startup curriculum that provides entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools and experience to help them better understand how to launch, grow, and sustain their businesses. The course seeks to enable entrepreneurs to:

  • Assess - strengths, gaps and key areas of uncertainty in their business.
  • Validate - new or existing hypothesis and iterate on new concepts or ideas.
  • Execute - by making informed decisions based on application of best practices, proven methodologies and insights generated from new learnings and validation.
  • Articulate - valuable learnings, value propositions and insights to investors, clients and other stakeholders surrounding their business.

"Partnering with Tallwave to offer Avondale's healthcare and technology innovators a faster and smarter way to grow their businesses was a natural fit," said Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers. "As Avondale is building our healthcare and technology sectors, we understand the need to support small business start-ups in this area. We want to grow from within, and create an environment that fosters innovative thinking. The Avondale Venture Blueprint training course will provide the necessary tools to ensure the successful launch and long term viability of our local businesses."

As a "commercializor" and venture development firm, Tallwave is known for its ability to build value for startups and execution for rapid growth, while minimizing risk for entrepreneurs and their investors. Tallwave also serves as a connector for global brands, non-profit organizations, governments, municipalities, small businesses and other key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to work together to strengthen the infrastructure for startup success.

Tallwave is closely aligned with healthcare IT brands like Mayo Clinic, Humana and Phoenix Children's Hospital, Cancer Center Treatments of America, and dedicated healthcare businesses inside companies like Citibank, GE and IBM, who are supportive of the Avondale Venture Blueprint program's goals and the economic expansion in the state.

"We applaud Avondale's leadership and insight to move the innovation agenda forward," said Donna Kent, senior vice president, Venture Development for Tallwave. "The strategy to attract, retain and grow innovation in the City is critical in creating a vital, competitive economy. We developed Venture Blueprint to accelerate businesses' success and help connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need, and to ensure they are ready to move successfully to the next stage of their maturity. Our Venture Blueprint program is focused on reducing the 98 percent failure rate of startups."

About Tallwave:

Tallwave is a commercializor.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the company creates and maximizes commercial success and shareholder value for entrepreneurs and investors by validating, scaling and managing early-stage and growth ventures with a hands-on approach.

The combination of Tallwave's proprietary lean Business Blueprint™ system for product and company validation, and go to market strategy; its unique Operator Model™ for resource development and management, and the access to pre-seed through series A capital Tallwave makes available, sets the company apart from incubators, accelerators and venture capital firms whose business models limit the range of resources they provide.

For more information about Tallwave, visit www.tallwave.com.

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