Startup Traklight raises $350K from east coast angels

It’s your baby, you develop it, market it, and are building your customer base, and you don’t want someone stealing it-but how do you protect your intellectual property on a bootstrap budget? Startup Traklight, a self-guided, cloud-based, software platform that creates your custom intellectual property (IP) strategy, aims to help other founders from losing their … Read more

Startup Storybyte raises $125K – app helps you take the effort out of storytelling

I take tons of photos. Some I Tweet and some I Instagram. But right now, I have over 1,000 that are just sitting in my phone that I’ve completely forgotten about. Sound familiar? For startup Storybyte, they’ve created a new app that will take those photos from the deep, dark depths of your phone’s album and effortlessly turn … 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

Launch, go lean, raise, pivot…AZ startups of 2013

From co-working spaces and incubators to educational institutions and former founders, startups have been popping up each week and has been one of our major coverage points for AZTB. It’s been awesome to meet so many great founders and follow their growth. Here are just some of the startups the team has covered-if I listed … Read more

Startup HiringSolved Raises $1M for expansion

HiringSolved the only global social recruiting tool that delivers candidates across all skill sets and industries announced the completion of a $1 million raise from a group of Arizona-based business leaders and angel investors. The raise will be used to continue development of HiringSolved’s proprietary SaaS-based platform, make additional engineering-side hires and expand the company’s … Read more

CRM Startup Contatta Raises $3.25M

Contatta, a visionary and new CRM company co-founded by Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix, announced today the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund II. According to Contatta, all of their current board members reinvested in this round, including Grayhawk … Read more

Concierge service for seniors Envoy expands to Phoenix, raises $3M

From running errands to picking up groceries, simple tasks can become increasingly difficult for seniors. Envoy, the senior care concierge platform designed to aid in everyday duties, expanded to Phoenix. “Envoy is a family concierge service designed for seniors and their loved ones,” Envoy CEO Justin Lin said. Based on the customer’s needs, the platform … Read more

HealthiestYou raises $30M led by Frontier Capital – interview CEO Jim Prendergast

After going through an entire box of tissues, again, you head to the closest urgent care. The problem is you find out it’s not in-network and will be stuck with a large bill-what now? One Valley telemedicine startup is helping company employees gain access to doctors anytime day or night from the comfort of their … Read more

Arizona tech non-profits partner to help entrepreneurs raise capital

Non-profit collaborative network Arizona Collaboratory, Inc. and the Arizona Technology Council have formed an alliance to help Council members solicit and raise capital from investors around the U.S. Arizona Technology Council members now have access to the Arizona Collaboratory portal, giving new opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs and businesses to gain capital. “Our goal is to … Read more

Farm-to-table meal service raises $4.5M, expands to AZ

Meal delivery service Sun Basket combines two markets — the demand for fresh, non-GMO groceries and the delivery system to provide these items to a customer’s door. The startup raised $4.5 million last month from 25 investors in its first round of funding. The operation began in January 2015 and has been growing 17% a … Read more

Grand Canyon University launches Canyon Angels investment group geared to early-stage startups

A new angel group has emerged in Arizona and it’s found on the campus of Grand Canyon University (GCU). Canyon Angels spawned out of the success of GCU’s Canyon Challenge, where 70 teams competed for a $15,000 prize. The group was solidified through the Colangelo College of Business at GCU and Jerry Colangelo, with the goal of … Read more

ReplyBuy, instant mobile ticket with a text, raises $2M to enhance fan engagement

Need an extra ticket for the UA game? No problem, send a text, get a mobile ticket. ReplyBuy, a mobile commerce platform that allows customers to purchase items through a text message, announced today a $2 million raise with participation from Enspire Capital, Sand Hill Angels, MRTNZ Ventures, Kosinski Ventures, SEAG Ventures, Arizona Tech Investors, Desert … Read more

Gangplank Chandler to host 6th Startup Weekend

Entrepreneurs around the Valley who are looking to create a business will soon have another opportunity to do so in their own backyard. Coworking space Gangplank Chandler is hosting their 6th Startup Weekend November 20-22. Entrepreneurs and creatives are encouraged to attend and take on the challenge of building a business in a weekend. “Since … Read more

Allbound raises $1.5M seed round led by Canal Partners – updated

Allbound, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Partner Sales Acceleration solution, is helping businesses realize more revenue from indirect sales partners through their predictive technology and gamification platform. Today the company announced a $1.5 million seed round led by Canal Partners with participation from Tallwave Capital and current investor Acceleprise. To date the company has raised around  $1.7 million. The … Read more

Synapse workshop attracts medtech startups – Sept 17-19

Medtech venture capitalist and strategic consultant firm MediCoventures will hold a 3-day workshop to help 10 attendees learn, build, and measure their medtech startup. Participants will go in with an idea, and walk out with a product. “We love creating medical startups. This is what we know and what we have done our entire careers,” … Read more

Infant medtech startup awarded scholarship to Draper University

It’s back-to-school for one Arizona startup. Draper University (Draper U), founded by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, is partnering with Michael Hool of Hool Coury Law and Arizona Collegiate Venture (jointly funded by Hool Coury Law and MAC6) to fund scholarships for select Arizona start-up entrepreneurs to attend their program in Silicon Valley. The first … Read more

ASU announces 21 startups for Fall 2015 Edson cohort

Contribution by Chloe Nordquist From a mobile garden care platform to an electronic distribution company, 21 startups have been chosen to join the fall 2015 cohort of the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative at Arizona State University. Each startup will receive mentoring, office space, access to the ASU Startup School, and up to $20,000 in seed … Read more

Who's got the moola? Investors funded these Arizona startups

More than halfway through 2015 and Arizona is on track for another great year of funding. These are the latest funding announcements that occurred May to July.   eVisit Gilbert-based telehealth software startup eVisit announced the raise of $1 million in seed funding this week led by Alan Ram, Founder of Alan Ram’s Proactive Training … Read more

Startup PHX Challenge announces winner

Startup PHX Challenge, as part of Phoenix Startup Week,  had over 100 companies compete to win six months of free office space in the Monroe Building located in downtown Phoenix. In the end, Allbound, a SaaS sales and marketing software startup, won the space with neighbors such as UBER, Inspire Data Solutions and Cannon Design. Each … Read more

eVisit raises $1 Million in seed funding – Updated

Contributions from Chloe Nordquist Gilbert-based telehealth software startup eVisit announced the raise of $1 million in seed funding this week led by Alan Ram, Founder of Alan Ram’s Proactive Training Solutions, Chris Reap, Investor at Northstar Capital, LLC, and Sam Blackham, an SaaS Advisor and Investor. The eVisit software platform was built with two goals in … Read more