Recoleta Digital Media raises Series A-2 funding led by ATI and Desert Angels – updated

How often do the grocery checkout coupons and weekly circulars end up in the trash? To combat this challenge, one Tucson-based startup is helping grocers target price-conscious shoppers through their mobile devices. Recoleta Digital Media, a personalized grocery circular system, has raised an undisclosed sum of Series A-2 funding. Their platform creates digitally driven personalized circulars with … Read more

Desert Angels moves up to #5 on HALO Report for most active angel investor groups in US

The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released the 2014 Q1 HALO Report, a national survey of angel group investment activity, and ranked Tucson-based Desert Angels (DA) again as one of the top 10 most active angel groups in the country. Curtis Gunn, chairman of Desert Angels, tells AZTB, “Desert Angels are … Read more

Halo 2013 report – Desert Angels listed as top 10 most active angel investors in US

The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released the 2013 Halo Report, a national survey of angel group investment activity, and ranked Tucson-based Desert Angels (DA) in the top 10 for most active angel groups in the United States-a first for DA. Curtis Gunn, chairman of Desert Angels tells AZTB, “Desert Angels … Read more

Desert Angels invested over $5.5M and majority in AZ cos.

Desert Angels (DA) announced their final investment numbers for 2013 equaling over $5.5 million placed into 23 different companies-the majority of them in Arizona. Chairman of Desert Angels and board member on the Angel Capital Association Curtis Gunn said this milestone “…is a record for us, both record of number of companies and dollars invested.” … Read more

Desert Angels ranked as top 5 for most active investment angel group in US

The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released the Q2 2013 Halo Report, a national survey of angel group investment activity, and ranked Desert Angels in the top five for most active angel groups in the United States for Q2. “Being ranked in the top five of the Halo Report is validation … Read more

Desert Angels close a $517K sidecar fund 4

Desert Angels announced the closing of its sidecar fund 4 at $517,000, this will be the largest sidecar fund they’ve raised within a 12 month period. Chairman of Desert Angels Curtis Gunn tells AZTB, “We are very excited to have successfully raised the sidecar fund 4 which will prove significant for companies that seek out … Read more

Curtis Gunn of Desert Angels, First AZ Investor Appointed to Angel Capital Association Board

Curtis Gunn, Chairman of Desert Angels, is the first Arizona investor to be appointed to the Angel Capital Association Board, and will serve for three years. The Angel Capital Association is the leading professional and trade association supporting the success of angel investors in high-growth, early-stage ventures. “I look forward to raising the awareness of Arizona companies, … Read more

Crowd Mics closes $1M seed round led by Sand Hill Angels

Drop the mic, not the smartphone. Crowd Mics, the startup that turns your smartphone into a wireless microphone, announced today they closed a $1 million dollar seed round led by top angel investment group, Sand Hill Angels. Other participants in the round include Keiretsu Capital, Arizona Technology Investors, Desert Angels, and other private investors. Tim … Read more

Grand Canyon University launches Canyon Angels investment group geared to early-stage startups

A new angel group has emerged in Arizona and it’s found on the campus of Grand Canyon University (GCU). Canyon Angels spawned out of the success of GCU’s Canyon Challenge, where 70 teams competed for a $15,000 prize. The group was solidified through the Colangelo College of Business at GCU and Jerry Colangelo, with the goal of … Read more

ClearVoice closes $1.1M round led by Peak Ventures

Co-founders Jay Swansson and Joe Griffin launched ClearVoice back in 2014, an end-to-end content marketing platform solution, in Phoenix. Since then, their lean team has grown the company without little investment in sales and marketing and is on track to exceed $5 million in revenue in its first year.   Recently, the company was a … Read more

Eggcyte personal cloud device partners with Jaguar Land Rover for the connected car

In the age of the connected car, Eggcyte, the personal cloud device, announced today at the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles, CA, they partnered up with luxury auto brands Jaguar Land Rover and its “Innovation Incubator” to bring their technology to consumers. The company also announced they received an undisclosed investment from Jaguar. “We’re … Read more

SynCardia's heart beats for Wall Street, filed for IPO – updated

Tucson-based SynCardia Systems, a total artificial heart development, manufacturing and commercializing company, filed for IPO under the proposed symbol TAHT (total artificial heart temporary) and looking to raise $34.5 million according to NASDAQ. The company plans to issue 2.5 million shares with an over allotment option of $375,000 at $10-12 per share. The lead underwriter is Roth Capital … Read more

ReplyBuy, instant mobile ticket with a text, raises $2M to enhance fan engagement

Need an extra ticket for the UA game? No problem, send a text, get a mobile ticket. ReplyBuy, a mobile commerce platform that allows customers to purchase items through a text message, announced today a $2 million raise with participation from Enspire Capital, Sand Hill Angels, MRTNZ Ventures, Kosinski Ventures, SEAG Ventures, Arizona Tech Investors, Desert … Read more

Picmonic closes $2.3M round to expand student reach– interview with co-founders Adeel Yang & Ron Robertson

Instead of using Rote memorization methods to pound medical terms such as macrolides and bacteriostatic into ones’ head for finals, students are turning to Picmonic, a visual learning platform, where definitions, diseases and diagnoses are transformed into colorful, goofy and unforgettable pictures to create a personalized learning experience. Since they launched in 2011, the company has … Read more

CampusLogic closes $7.5 million Series A round led by Continental Investors

Video contribution by Xavier Smith Instead of mounds of application paperwork and the angst of waiting weeks and wondering if you will get financed for college, it will only take a few clicks. CampusLogic, the first student financial aid self-service platform, is moving the archaic method of applying for college money into a “mobile and … Read more

$100,000 pot up for grabs at Venture Madness 2016 – applications open now

Video editing by Xavier Smith Following his win, Gregg Scoresby, CEO of CampusLogic exclaimed “I’m going to Disneyland!” All kidding aside, Scoresby did leave the stage with bragging rights as the Invest Southwest Venture Madness (VM) champion and cash to put back into his company. This Arizona-based event is where 64 early-stage startups battle, in a “March Madness” … Read more

Tucson Startup Weekend starts September 11

Fifty four hours of ideas, teamwork, and startup knowledge is what you can expect from a Startup Tucson Startup Weekend. This weekend-long event is meant to help people turn ideas a viable business. “This is a global event that happens all over the world and this is the 5th annual startup weekend here in Tucson,” … Read more

POTUS Demo Day promotes diversity, AZ companies recognized

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Only 1% of America’s venture capital-backed startups are led by African Americans, and only 3% are led by women. This has to change. Today, President Obama is hosting the first White House Demo Day, promoting diversity across all industries for women and minorities. The event is giving 30 entrepreneurs and startups … Read more

CampusLogic raises $4.1 Million to expand financial aid platform

Ed tech startup CampusLogic raised $4.1 million from notable education technology investors and will use the money to increase sales, marketing and product development. The investment was led by NY-based venture fund University Ventures with participation from Continental Investors, Desert Angels, and Arizona Technology Investors-among other private investors. The ed tech startup creates SaaS solutions for … Read more

EdTech Startup Picmonic closes on $1.25M led by Arizona investors

Who knew goofy cartoon pictures would help students learn science? Apparently investors did, and they doubled down on their bet. Picmonic, a research proven audiovisual mnemonic tool that helps students master science, announced today that it has closed $1.25 million in a convertible note financing, bringing total funds raised by the company to $2.6 million. This startup … Read more