eMoneyPool wins at Silicon Valley accelerator, takes home $50K

If you could pool together a bunch of money from your friends and family to buy a car would you? Depending on your location and culture, money pools are known as tandas, cundinas or Su Su, which allow friends and family “pool” a portion of their income together for an established number of pay periods … Read more

Startup eMoneyPool raises capital from Accion

eMoneyPool (EMP), a digital microfinance provider that helps the underserved access capital through their social networks, recently raised an undisclosed amount of capital from Accion’s Venture Lab, a $10 million initiative dedicated to providing seed capital and management to disruptive and established early-stage startups with demonstrated revenue traction. The Accion U.S. Network is the largest … Read more

eMoneyPool – Helping the Underserved Access Capital

Imagine having the ability to make large investments, like a down payment on a house or funding your startup business, without having to take out a loan or worry about moving around finances. Many people share this dream about finding financial support for everyday life commitment and ideas, big and small. To create that sense … Read more

Top 10 finalists revealed for Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

It’s coming down to the wire for the Spring 2015 Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Arizona Innovation Challenge. Who will win the $250,000 to build their business? Today, 10 finalists were announced, and software and science took the majority of spots as finalists.   Beacon Biomedical –  is a medical diagnostic device that provides easy, accurate and affordable blood … Read more

25 startup semifinalists in Spring 2015 ACA Innovation Challenge

The list is in! Here are the 25 semifinalists for the Spring 2015 Arizona Commerce Authority Arizona Innovation Challenge vying for $250,000 to help build their business. All but one startup (Matrix Medical) is Arizona-based. Since 2011, the AIC has received over 1,400 applications. This Challenge is a semi-annual business plan competition awarding $1.5M in the Spring … Read more

San Francisco's Prosper Marketplace brings 150 jobs to Phoenix

Phoenix is gearing up to welcome the newest addition to its ever expanding tech community. Prosper Marketplace, a peer-to-peer lending company, will open a new office in the city, the first outside of its San Francisco headquarters. Prosper is a community-based loans and lending banking platform that cuts out the middleman. It allows borrowers to … Read more

AZ companies raising and spending the lettuce – 2014

The year is just about halfway over (how did that happen?), and tech companies around the Valley keep locking down funding and spending the benjis. Take a look at our list of Arizona’s startups and acquisitions from the beginning of 2014.   FUNDING Arizona State University Money raised: $1 million Awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD) … Read more

Startups to share lessons learned when pitching for money – TiE AZ – April 2

Somewhere in the repertoire of the startup cycle, co-founders will contemplate the idea of raising money, figure out how much and then develop their deck. With their business plan in hand, founders hit the streets and may enter pitch competitions, go straight to the desks of investors, hit up more friends and family, visit some … Read more

The latest in Arizona's startups – Slideshow

AZ Tech Beat is proud to bring you the latest from our startup community and share exciting news from our thriving technology ecosystem. Take a look at some of Arizona’s latest startups we’ve been following in our slideshow Startup Roundup Spotlight – a social network-based people and project management (PPM) tool designed for today’s entrepreneurs looking … Read more

Seed Spot Incubator Expands to 14,000 Square Feet

Last night, Seed Spot held an open house to show off their new office space on the southwest corner of Thomas Rd. and Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix. With 14,000 total square feet of developed space, Seed Spot takes up the entire 7th floor of the recently renovated building and is prepared for growth. Co-founders … Read more

SeedSpot Demo Day is @BrettApproved

On Friday, May 17, 2013, sixteen ventures delivered their pitch deck to over 600 people, including angel investors and entrepreneurs, at the SeedSpot Demo Day to attract everything from CEOs to developers to, of course, funding. As part of the event, an audience-vote determined which venture received a piece of the $7,600 purse. Other sponsored … Read more

Seed Spot Is Growing Innovation In Downtown Phoenix's Warehouse District

There’s plenty of excitement brewing in Downtown Phoenix’s historic Levine Machine building (est. 1917) these days, as the one-time machinery repair building in the heart of the warehouse district is now home to several local startups, including the nonprofit incubator Seed Spot. AZTechBeat covered Seed Spot’s kick-off event in October, when the lucky 16 companies selected from 191 applications were … Read more

Recap: Seed Spot Kick-Off Event Last Night Brought In Over 550 Attendees

Hosted in the historic Levine Machine Building in downtown Phoenix, the Seed Spot Kick-Off Event last night was jam packed with serious local entrepreneurs. It promised big news, great speakers, and some fun and entertainment – it certainly didn’t disappoint! Background on Seed Spot: Courtney Klein Johnson and Chris Petroff are two budding entrepreneurs and … Read more