Comedy and mechanics win at Seed Spot Demo Day

Co-written with Chloe Nordquist From event space rental platforms and tamales to gift giving and LOL, twelve startups presented their businesses at the sixth Seed Spot Demo Day at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix and competed for cash prizes, consulting services and free rent to help build their companies. The big winners included Humor … Read more

Seed Spot Demo Day attracted zombies, dogs and geniuses

From natural smoothie pops to paraffin wax gloves, Seed Spot’s fifth Demo Day showcased startups with a wide variety of goals and social impact areas. Twelve startups presented their ideas Tuesday night to a packed house at downtown Phoenix’s Herberger Theater Center. Seed Spot, an incubator in Phoenix for ventures with social impact, has helped 143 … Read more

Seed Spot Demo Day had its fair share of tail wags

Last night Seed Spot, the socially conscious incubator, held its 4th DEMO DAY where 10 startups showcased their innovation all with the mission to change the world for good. Since Seed Spot’s inception, startups have raised $1.7 million in capital, 90 percent of the companies continue to thrive in Phoenix and 160 jobs have been … Read more

3rd SEED SPOT Cohort presents at Demo Day

On June 5, nine SEED SPOT ventures pitched their business goals to a packed audience at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix with the hopes of winning cash prizes, office space, and other goodies to help continue building their socially focused companies. SEED SPOT is a Phoenix-based non-profit incubator dedicated to helping companies who are … Read more

Xplore, crash, snaps, apps and celebrate – 17 SEED SPOT Cohorts present at Demo Day

On December 11, seventeen cohorts took the stage for SEED SPOT Demo Day for a chance to win cash prizes and other resources to help build their business. The Cohorts gave three-minute pitches at the Orpheum theater to a room filled with investors, mentors, educators, CEOs and friends and family from around the state. Prizes … 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

Social Venture Partners AZ and Seed Spot team up for boot camp

Twenty semifinalists from Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) Fast Pitch Competition, will be entering one of the most exclusive startup boot camps in the Valley. Seed Spot, one of the leading social conscious incubators in the country, is teaming up with SVPAZ to help prepare these 20 startups for their next step in the competition by taking … Read more

Seed Spot NEXT program expands nationally

At 17 years-old most kids are keeping up on TV shows, taking part in school clubs, or participating in after school sports, not starting a company. For those teens that have that entrepreneurial spirit, Seed Spot, the socially-conscious incubator, offers the NEXT program. The program is designed to give high school students the resources, skills, … Read more

Seed Spot expanding social impact platform to US

Seed Spot, a social impact incubator, has announced plans to expand their entrepreneurship program nationally, even internationally, in the years ahead. Cities such as San Diego, Boise, and even Warsaw have expressed interest in bringing the Seed Spot model to their city and building out a socially conscious startup ecosystem. Courtney Klein, co-founder Seed Spot, … Read more

Seed Spot received $330k Kauffman Foundation Grant

Arizona-based business incubator Seed Spot was announced as one of eight companies awarded a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The grant was given to organizations that help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. READ: Female founders dominate Seed Spot fall 2015 venture class “We are incredibly excited to bring funding from the Kauffman … Read more

Female founders dominate Seed Spot fall 2015 venture class

You go guuurl! Was the common comment I had for the latest batch of ventures entering Seed Spot Fall 2015 class. Out of eleven ventures entering the program, eight of them are women-owned. At the monOrchid, Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and co-founder Seed Spot Courtney Klein welcomed their startups to a crowd of Seed Spot alumni, … 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

Seed Spot launches nine new startup ventures

From the top of a rooftop overlooking downtown Phoenix, Seed Spot announced the nine new startup ventures who have been inducted into Spring 2015’s incubator program. To kick it off, Seed Spot CEO and co-founder Courtney Klein spoke briefly about her incubator, which has seen an 88 percent success rate of startups who have been … Read more

SEED SPOT kick-off party announces 11 new ventures

Seed Spot announced their 3rd class of hero ventures last night during a kick-off party held at their headquarters in Central Phoenix. Seed Spot is a nonprofit incubator that supports social entrepreneurs with their innovative ventures that intend to benefit the lives of people in our local, national, or global communities. Seed Spot works exclusively … Read more

Co-founder Chris Petroff steps down from incubator SEED SPOT

Chris Petroff, the co-founder of SEED SPOT, will be stepping down to pursue other ventures-the location is undisclosed at this time. Petroff is known for being a strong advocate for the entrepreneurship community and told AZTB that he will continue to nurture Arizona entrepreneurship. In December of 2011, Chris and co-founder Courtney Klein Johnson dreamed … Read more

SEED SPOT 2013 launches 15 new startup ventures

Last night, 15 startup ventures came together to pitch their business ideas to a full house at The Duce in Phoenix for SEED SPOT 2013. Seed Spot is a nonprofit incubator focused on supporting Arizona’s most innovative social entrepreneurs; those creating high impact ventures that improve the lives of people and communities on a local, … 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

Meet AVA, the next ed tech superhero for school-age children

A child with the inability to see and hear well in a classroom setting has been correlated to poor performance in school. For Arizona schools, hearing screening tests for school-age children are mandatory. If a child fails a screening test, the current process is to send a flier home with the child and hope for the best, leaving … Read more

Four new startups join CEI incubator

Contributions by Chloe Nordquist Four Arizona biotechnology and medical device startups will be joining Phoenix-based Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) business incubator. “We see enormous amounts of potential with each of these companies, which is validated by the fact that several have already gone through other incubation programs in the Valley,” CEI executive director Jeff … Read more

Food delivery, web design and mechanics win at Vendeme Tu Sueno

Univision partnered up with social conscious incubator Seed Spot to find the next entrepreneur in the Vendeme Tu Sueno (Pitch me your Dream) competition. From 400 applicants down to three finalists, entrepreneurs pitched to local business leaders, startup moguls, investors and incubators to win a slot in Seed Spot’s full-time venture program.   https://youtu.be/SY6cDqTCc44 Watch … Read more