Development Teams Go Social With Spotlight Software

“Social media, small business and simplicity,” were the three words that Vincent Serpico, Founder and CEO of Spotlight, used to describe his Spotlight software–a social network-based people and project management (PPM) tool designed for today’s entrepreneurs looking to build software, web and mobile applications. Spotlight’s cloud-based Agile project management software uses the most effective principles … Read more

Spotlight Software Looks To Help Software Developers Communicate Remotely With Social Project Management Tool

Spotlight Software is a new technology startup in the Phoenix area. With their official launch this Friday, they will be offering a SaaS based program called Spotlight People & Project Manager that can be used to manage remote project teams, particularly in the software development industry. They describe the service as “project management goes social”. … 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

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

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

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

desarrollo Gains Nine New Strategic Partners

desarrollo, a community initiative that launched in late June, announced the addition of nine new strategic partners. The group of additions includes two Vision Partners, one Inspire Partner, and six Community Partners. The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Local First Arizona join Infusionsoft as Vision Partners, hand-selected and invested in desarrollo’s vision. Arizona Technology … Read more

Music, Multitasking and Time Travel – Apple #WWDC15 Wrap-Up

Co-written with Janelle Ong Today in San Francisco, Tim Cook and team kicked off Apple’s 26th Worldwide Developers Conference. They announced huge advancements in software including updates to their operating systems across all platforms and introduced the brand new Apple Music. Here’s the breakdown from the #AppleLive event.   OS X | El Capitan El … Read more

Brackets, startups and a champion – Venture Madness 2015 wrap up- video

In a room filled with investors, startups, educators and more, two software founders stood center stage under the spotlight and pitched their company for a chance to win $30,000 and become the 2015 Venture Madness champion. CampusLogic, a software company aiming to reduce the arduous process of applying for college financial aid, and EndoVantage, a med tech … Read more

EDU tech startup tackles low reading rates with the cloud

As the country pushes to advance education in terms of math and science, there is a new education technology startup that is focused on getting reading back into the spotlight. Learning Ovations recently received a $1.05 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance the development and commercialization of A2i, a cloud-based classroom … 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

3D Printing cos. roll out compact and consumer-friendly models- CES 2014

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show the big 3D printing companies, MakerBot, 3D Systems and XYZ Printing came out in force to showcase the awesome of what a novice to professional can do with a 3D printer. For the startups vying for attention in this sector, they were certainly overshadowed and had to fight for … 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

Incubator desarrollo adds 18 new ventures to PHX Flight Program

Desarrollo, a community-based initiative and incubator, announced 18 new ventures into their Phoenix Flight Program. Desarrollo was founded by serial entrepreneur David Rice and launched in June. Rice is in full gear as he continues to create “strategic partnerships with Arizona’s business leaders, angel to capital investors, CEOs, university presidents, foundations, and experts,” all of … Read more

Startup America Summit Brings Entrepreneurs Together

On April 16, 2013, Scott Case, CEO of Startup America Partnership and co-founder of Priceline kicked off the 5th Startup America Summit at Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. Scott broke the ice with a Startup America traditional game of “Half Baked.” This game first asks attendees to come up with words to describe … Read more

Arizona Entrepreneurs Represent at SXSW

    By Tishin Donkersley, M.A. & Marcela Palefsky   South by Southwest (SXSW) kicks off the 2013 film, interactive and music festivals and conferences on Friday, March 8 in Austin, Texas. The festival’s 27th year brings new bands, films and technologies to attendees. Scheduled Friday, March 8 to Tuesday, March 12, SXSW Interactive Festival … Read more