Tucson startup Park Genius expands to Texas

A parking-meter payment mobile app, developed by three University of Arizona (UA) graduates, will be implemented across El Paso next month in a big expansion for the Tucson startup. Park Genius has partnered with parking-meter-industry leader Duncan Solutions to adapt its cashless parking application to 1,982 parking meters in the Texas city, with a full … Read more

Startup Park Genius helps you feed the meter through your phone

Park Genius is a mobile app developed by three entrepreneurs coming out of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. The app allows motorists to pay for parking through their phone at the meter or remotely. Co-founder, Thomas Maguire, explains that he and his two partners (Ross Shanken and … Read more

Pitching on an international stage – Ross Shanken ParkX

Video contributions from Xavier Smith  It’s one thing to pitch on stage at the Phoenix Orpheum Theater, it’s another to travel halfway around the world to pitch in Barcelona. The Smart City App Hack 2015 was a global event where 11 cities, Phoenix included, held a competition where participants were to present an app that offers a solution to … Read more

ParkX reaching milestones one parking meter at a time

It used to be, stop what you are doing and sprit back to the car and feed the meter before you get a ticket or towed. Today, you can add coins through your smartphone. ParkX (formerly Park Genius), a mobile app that allows motorists to pay remotely for parking, was developed by students from the … Read more

Five finalists chosen for Smart City App Hack

Contribution from Chloe Nordquist This past weekend, Hackers descended on the City of Phoenix for the Smart City App Hack, a global program launched in Barcelona this year to empower people to create apps and solutions for cities around the world. The mission was to build an app that provides a solution to one of … Read more

Phoenix says to feed the meter with your smartphone

Instead of rummaging through your car’s upholstery for spare change to feed the parking meter when you’re in downtown Phoenix, try Pango Parking. The City of Phoenix recently partnered with Pango USA, a mobile application, to make paying for parking as easy as a click on your phone. Pango Parking, which is available for Android, … Read more

32 startups advance in Venture Madness

This round of brackets have closed leaving 32 of the original 64 startups from around the Southwest to compete head-to-head to win their share of $50,000 in 2015 Venture Madness. From here, it’s down to the final 16 companies who will compete in a live-demo event held between March 4-6, 2015. Jonathan Ariano, chairman of … Read more

Top 10 finalists named in ACA Innovation Challenge

It’s come down to ten companies all vying for a chance to win up to $250,000 in the Fall 2014 Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge. The Challenge is a bi-annual competition where startups and early-stage companies compete for capital to grow their business and advance innovation and technology opportunities in Arizona. READ: Who won the … Read more

ACA announces 25 semifinalists in the race for $250K

Today the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced the 25 AZ-based semifinalists in the Arizona Innovation Challenge all vying for a shot at the big prize money. The AZ Innovation Challenge is a semi-annual business plan competition awarding $1.5M in the Spring and $1.5M in the Fall, giving startups a shot at winning up to $250,000. … Read more

What you need to know about the Tucson tech community

Phoenix’s sister city to the south, Tucson, has blossomed into its own thriving technology ecosystem. Tucson is home to the Tucson Tech Corridor (TTC) and also several big technology companies that employ thousands of Tucson residents such as Raytheon and IBM. Here’s a run-down of what you need to know about the Tucson tech community. Startup … Read more

Top 25 semifinalists announced for ACA Spring 14' AZ Innovation Challenge

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced today their 25 semifinalists in its Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a competition where recipients could win up to $250,000 in grant funding capital to grow their business. Twice a year, the ACA awards $1.5 million to innovative, early-stage AZ startups from industries such as IT, bio and … Read more

Final 16 startups to battle it out at Venture Madness

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, introduces the final 16 competing startups that will pitch live for a chunk of the $50,000 prize. Additionally, Venture Madness announces today that Geoffrey Moore; a best-selling author, Venture Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Chairman Emeritus, TCG Advisors, The Chasm Institute and The Chasm … Read more

32 startups advance to round 2 in Venture Madness

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest, in partnership with Arizona Commerce Authority announced the next round of 32 startups, from the original 64, to advance to round two in the head-to-head competition. Round two is critical as the public vote will directly help their favorite startup advance to the live pitch portion of Venture Madness … Read more

64 startups to battle it out for $50K at Venture Madness

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with Arizona Commerce Authority, announced it’s 64 startups from around the southwest who will compete head-to-head for a portion of the $50,000 prize. How Venture Madness works: Think of it as the “Battle of the Brackets” where startups duel it out bracket-style for the top slot. After … Read more

10 finalists announced for ACA Arizona Innovation Challenge

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced its 10 finalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge. The ACA awards $3 million annually — $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall — to … Read more

12 startup software cos. into semifinal round of ACA Arizona Innovation Challenge

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced its 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge. The ACA awards $3 million annually — $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall — … Read more

Software cos. win big at ACA Innovation Challenge

There’s no secret that software companies are bubbling up in the Valley and making headway in the Arizona tech space. Today, software companies from around the state dominated the ACA Innovation Challenge winner circle. Today, the Arizona Commerce Authority announced its six winning companies in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) awarding each $250,000 to … Read more