12 companies join Startup Tucson Accelerator program

Startup Tucson announced 12 new Tucson companies joining the Small Business Association (SBA) funded Accelerator Program. The second group of Thryve Next growth accelerator program startups will begin their 8-week intensive training Monday. “We’re working with them to revisit the underlying fundamentals of their business models,” Startup Tucson CEO Justin Williams said. “We are looking … Read more

Startup Tucson debuts F***Up Nights

Let’s be honest, everyone effs up, even successful entrepreneurs. “F***up Nights” was created for that reason — giving entrepreneurs a chance to share their mistakes with other entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders. Now, “F***up Nights” is making its debut in Tucson with the help of Startup Tucson. “This is maybe the first in Arizona, its … Read more

Startup Tucson awarded $1.44M to launch Thryve Next accelerator

Startup Tucson was awarded a $1.44 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program to launch their Thryve NEXT accelerator for second stage companies. Startup Tucson was one of only seven successful applicants nationwide out of over 60 proposals and was the only applicant west of the Mississippi River to receive ScaleUp … Read more

Startup Tucson launches Thryve – a social impact incubator

Tucson’s premiere entrepreneurship development organization, Startup Tucson, is proud to announce the launch of Thryve, a social impact incubator. The new incubator resides in Startup Tucson’s CoLab workspace offices at Holualoa’s historic Pioneer Building at 17 E. Pennington Street Tucson, AZ 85710. Justin Williams, chairman & founder of Startup Tucson, shared that the inspiration to … Read more

Startup Tucson and Gangplank merge to create CoLab Workspace

Two of Tucson’s leading innovation organizations, Startup Tucson and Gangplank Collective, have decided to merge operations effective January 2014. The merger sees Gangplank becoming an initiative of Startup Tucson and will adopt the name CoLab Workspace. As part of the agreement, Startup Tucson will serve as the organizational home for CoLab, work with Holualoa Companies … Read more

Tucson Startup Weekend starts September 11

Fifty four hours of ideas, teamwork, and startup knowledge is what you can expect from a Startup Tucson Startup Weekend. This weekend-long event is meant to help people turn ideas a viable business. “This is a global event that happens all over the world and this is the 5th annual startup weekend here in Tucson,” … Read more

Tucson startups in it to win it at Startup Weekend Tucson

Last weekend, Tucson’s premiere entrepreneurship development organization, Startup Tucson, hosted the fourth annual Startup Weekend Tucson. The event brought together aspiring entrepreneurs to collaborate and bring their business ideas from concept to launch in 54 hours. Teams presented their new ventures to a public audience and a panel of investor-judges for feedback, awards, and some sweet prizes. The … Read more

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

MonsoonFund brings crowdfunding platform to Tucson startups

Tucson startups now have a crowdfunding platform to call their own. MonsoonFund helps small businesses in the city raise early stage funding while giving the added opportunity to expand their network of supporters. It was created by the team at Startup Tucson, a premiere entrepreneurship development organization. Chairman and Founder Justin Williams said their platform … Read more

Tucson startup YourLabs LLC. awarded National Science Foundation's research grant

Tucson-based startup, YourLabs LLC., has been named the recipient of a Phase 1 Small Business Innovative Research Grant by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). YourLabs is an e-learning software provider and graduate of the Arizona Center for innovation. In addition to being awarded the grant, YourLabs has been selected by the NSF to be … Read more

COVID-19 can’t stop PHX Startup Week 2021

PHX Startup Week will be a month this year, kicking off at the beginning of April with virtual events for three weeks and ending with five days of keynote speakers, workshops and tactical learning sessions. PHX Startup Week is partnering with Startup Together AZ to expand statewide to help support and grow Arizona’s startup ecosystem. … Read more

Tucson tech dominates Arizona Technology Council’s 2015 GCOI awards

Bear Down everyone, technology from Tucson was in the spotlight tonight at the Arizona Technology Council 2015 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards. In conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, the AZ Tech Council (AZTC) presented innovator awards to technology companies with scientific breakthroughs and algorithms that will make your head spin. In a previous announcement, the … Read more

Tucson's AudioEye names new CEO

Tucson technology startup AudioEye today announced the appointment of Todd Bankofier as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Carr Bettis will remain as Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Todd is a strong principled leader who cares deeply about making the web and digital content fully accessible, not only for the 5% -10% of the population … Read more

UA startup Codelucida receives $750K grant

Codelucida, a startup company born at the University of Arizona and University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, has been awarded a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase-2 grant from the National Science Foundation.  The Company previously completed a $150,000, six-month Phase-1 grant that made it eligible to apply for the competitive Phase-2 grant. The two-year grant is non-dilutive … Read more

AZCI announces 7 new startups

The Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI) announced seven new technology startups joining the innovation center. “AzCI programs and facilities have created a dynamic environment that inspires, encourages, and empowers new entrepreneurs, leading to new business growth here in Tucson,” Tech Launch Arizona Vice President David Allen, Ph.D. said. AzCI has a program called Mentored Launch, … Read more

Thryve Next accelerator selects startups with lasers, x-ray cameras and optical fibers

Startup Tucson selected twelve lucky organizations to be the first inductees in their Thryve Next growth accelerator to be trained and mentored. Thryve programs provide entrepreneurs the tools to take their innovations to the next level and are based on a curriculum derived from courses at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona. … Read more

Edible Optics and The Apollo Team win UofA's first Startup Weekend

Student-led organization InnovateUA hosted the inaugural UofA Startup Weekend in Tucson, AZ this past weekend where faculty and students were treated to 54 hours full of networking, pitching and innovation. Individuals from across the campus came together to share ideas, form teams and build their startups. Two winners were named in two separate categories: the “new idea” category … Read more

UofA to host Startup Weekend – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

InnovateUA a new program at the University of Arizona that promotes a student-led culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across the entire campus, will be hosting their inaugural Startup Weekend January 30th – February 1st. The 54-hour event in which students and professionals from the community representing all disciplines will come together to share ideas, form teams, build … Read more

Startup Avirtek combats hackers by scanning your cyber-DNA

Every time you use a computer, you leave behind a record of what you do, what programs you use and plenty of personal information. Tucson-based startup Avirtek wants to harness those digital fingerprints to help protect you. They call it user cyber-DNA. The company, born in a University of Arizona laboratory, offers software solutions to … 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