How to Apply

MADV is always looking for new companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States to bring into our program. If your venture meets our criteria, please apply in the button below so we can add you on our reviewing queue.

Entrepreneurs have the greatest chance of being selected for our program when following our Pitch Deck Template found here.

  • Next forum: June 14th
  • Application Deadline: Passed.


Please be sure to include the following materials on Gust: Pitch deck, annual financials, details about your team, competitors, and IP, if appropriate.

  • If someone referred you, please include their name.
  • You will get an automatic confirmation that your application was received. If you do not get that confirmation, please contact Gust Support.

The Process

  • Each quarter, all applications are reviewed during the first screening round.
  • Next, up to 12 companies are selected to participate in Company Review Sessions with the MADV Board, where you will deliver your presentation, receive feedback on everything from business model, scalability, messaging, to financial viability and whether your opportunity is perceived as investable.
  • Then, up to 10 companies are selected as a good fit for the MADV forum and assigned two coaches from the MADV Board.
  • After completing the review session and coaching, selected companies present at the quarterly MADV forum to a large audience of investors, professional advisors, and industry partners.
  • After the forums, interested investors follow-up directly with MADV presenting companies.

Note: If you are not selected after the first round of review, from our review sessions, or after coaching, you will be notified with feedback. If you do not hear from us, please contact .

What Do We Look For?

Qualified companies have:

  • Developed Technology Addressing a need in a large market.
  • Strong market research backing market assumptions.
  • High barriers to entry through patents, technology, and/or industry condditions.
  • At or near revenue, with a validated pipeline.
  • Dynamic, capable executive team and/or experienced CEO.
  • Near-term postiive cash flow potential.


MADV serves the Mid-Atlantic region. Our companies are from the Greater NYC area, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C.

More than 70% of MADV clients are based in the Greater Philadelphia region.

MADV periodically serves clients from Connecticut, North Carolina and Virginia.

Participation Fees

$250 for companies selected after review sessions, which includes: intensive coaching, venture forum participation, free attendance for two company representatives, exhibit table space, and one-on-one networking conversations with potential investors during the forum.