SiO2 Nanotech wins TiE Arizona Fast Pitch – slideshow

At the 2013 TiE Arizona Fast Pitch event, 15 startups pitched for the grand prize of $5,000 to a groups of local investors. In the end, the founders of SiO2 Nanotech took home the prize, with Late Living taking second and Pollen Tech third; all three companies that placed are ventures of the ASU Edson … Read more

2014 AZTB Startup Wrap up

With 2014 quickly coming to an end, it is time to celebrate the successes of startups in Arizona tech! We spoke to some proud AZ startups who shared some of their major updates from the year and gave some advice for budding startups. Aqwastream – a refill water bottle dispenser with tailored digital media station … Read more

Ready, set, go! TiE startup pitch event rapidly approaches

Startups, start your engines! TiE Arizona’s Rapid Fire Pitch event is almost here, where fledgling businesses will have two minutes to pitch their ideas in front of an industry panel and live audience. Applications for the event were open until last week. Only 15 startups will be selected from that pool of entrants to pitch … Read more

Startups, mark your calendars! Deadline for TiE AZ Rapid Fire Pitch is Friday 10/10

Two minutes is a short amount of time. It may be the time spent watching a commercial break or waiting for a large pot of coffee to brew-but for some startups, it’s the chance to capture the attention of an investor and take their product to the next level. TiE Arizona is hosting its annual … 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

Only 8 startups left in Venture Madness

After head-to-head live pitches Thursday morning, the eight companies that moved to the next round of Venture Madness, were announced Thursday afternoon at the Arizona Diamondbacks spring training game. Venture Madness is a competition presented by Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority that started with 64 startups pitching their ideas against each other. After … 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

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

CEI's "Ready Set Launch!" Introduces Entrepreneurship to High School Students

High school students on the brink of entering college often aspire to be, engineers, doctors, journalists, policemen, teachers and more. Rarely, if at all, do you hear the word “entrepreneur” come out of their mouths. The inaugural “Ready Set Launch!” Youth Week, hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), will introduce the world of … Read more

Arizona Furnace Accelerator Unveils First Ten Startups

On Friday, at the Arizona Commerce Authority’s offices, the Furnace Accelerator unveiled its first batch of ten startups. With the level of startup activities and tech company launch events in recent months, I am starting to wonder if we are finally on the verge of a mini silicon valley  taking off in the Phoenix area. … Read more

TiE Arizona celebrates 14 years with 14 new initiatives

TiE Arizona, an organization with global reach providing meaningful education, mentorship and networking for entrepreneurs,  announced 14 initiatives in 2014 designed to celebrate its 14 years of leadership in the community. With a refreshed website and many exciting new programs planned for the year, TiE Arizona is dedicated to continuing its rich heritage of fostering … Read more