Founders of Axosoft plan $10 Million investment in Arizona startups

Axosoft founders Hamid & Lawdan Shojaee have announced plans to make a $10 million investment in Arizona startups, especially in their early stages of development. Hamid has also announced a revamp of the AZ TechBeat website and the launch of his new podcast, AZ Tech Podcast. AZ Tech Beat is committed to being a trustworthy … Read more

Voting opens for Venture Madness top 64 startups

Time to break out the brackets for Venture Madness 2016! This event, brought to the Valley by Invest Southwest and Arizona Commerce Authority, is where the top 64 startups go head-to-head in a pitch competition and vie for a portion of the $100,000 prize and the chance to be crowned champion. The first elimination round begins tomorrow … Read more

7 Startups to compete at AZ Technology Council Startup Connect

Startups ranging from jumping the line at your favorite nightclub to finding the closest farmers market will compete this week at the annual Arizona Technology Council StartupConnect AZ for a cash prize and receive some good 1:1 time with CEOs, investors and influencers. This year, content for the event includes advice and tips from 50 … 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

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

Local activist launches Hopscratch, business in a box for startups

For those tired of working for someone else and want to break out and start a business, figuring out how to put all the pieces in place can become overwhelming. Hopscratch, a holistic business infrastructure service in a box, launched last week to help newbie entrepreneurs maneuver through the mundane paperwork, tasks and chaos needed … 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

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

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

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

Shop with your voice, gamers and one second videos- Tallwave announce 5 startups for High Tide

Co-written with Jesse Millard And you thought six second Vines or Snapchat was all you needed to tell your story, how about one second clips? Elly, a social-based network, allows users to record one second clips, add music and hashtags, then stitch it all together for a longer compilation. This startup is just one of … Read more

Innovate UA announces 1st cohort of startups in Innovative Minds Challenge

Innovate UA, in partnership with the Arizona Center for Innovation and Perkins Coie law firm, announces the first cohort in the accelerator program Innovative Minds Challenge at the University of Arizona (UA). UA is a prominent leader in generating entrepreneurs that partake in many initiatives to provide the world with a variety of solutions to … Read more

ASU, NAU, and UA student startups compete for Territorial Cup

Top student startups from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University are preparing to compete at Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition where the winning startups receive a chunk of $30,000 in funding and mentoring. The third annual Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition (ACVC) is set for March 27th, with twelve teams from Arizona’s three … 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

Final 4 startups advance in Venture Madness 2015

Day two of Venture Madness began with the Top 8 going head-to-head in the hopes of advancing onto the Final 4 and ultimately win a share of the $50,000 prize. Afterward, the participants and startups headed over to Salt River Fields to watch Diamondbacks versus the Rockies, and patiently wait for the Final 4 announcement. … Read more

Top 8 startups advance in Venture Madness

The madness came earlier than expected this March as 16 startups tipped off in the 3-day Venture Madness competition all vying to win cash to build their business- first place winners take home $30,000, 2nd place receives $10,000, and $5,000 each for 3rd and 4th place. Day 1 ended with the announcement of the Top … Read more

Space travel to startups, 3D printing without limits – PHX Startup Week

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne While the majority of us won’t become astronauts, we can certainly learn to 3D print like one. In December 2014, NASA emailed a design file of a ratchet wrench to the International Space Station where the astronauts 3D printed the first tool in space. Back here on Earth, if you want to … 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

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

64 startups chosen for Venture Madness

Startups from around the Southwest have been chosen to compete for $50,000. Invest Southwest, in partnership with Arizona Commerce Authority, is geared up for Venture Madness and have chosen their 64 startups to compete. Venture Madness is a competition that pits 64 startups in a head-to-head bracket for the chance to win a share a pot … Read more