Tallwave Capital raises $13.51M to commercialize new ventures

Tallwave Capital, a commercializer, announced today the closing of a $13.5M Tallwave Commercialization Fund I. This seed fund is focused exclusively on investing in startups in SaaS, mobile, digital media, ad tech and eCommerce. Investments can range from $125K to $400K in early-stage differentiated consumer and enterprise focused businesses in most industry vertical markets. “This is … Read more

Tallwave Capital invests over $500K in startups & competitions

Tallwave Commercialization Fund I announced that it has deployed $500,000 in capital in two Tallwave High Tide business competitions and three early-stage ventures that have emerged from the latest High Tide program. The Tallwave Commercialization Fund I (Fund) is an Arizona-based venture capital fund specializing in Seed investments in early-stage technology and media companies. Tallwave … Read more

Tallwave has a new CFO and promotes three to VP

Tallwave, a Scottsdale-based early growth stage venture services company, announced Tuesday that Vickie Wittie has been appointed to be their new Chief Financial Officer. Wittie has served as CFO at a number of other tech companies and has experience leading financial teams from a startup phase through the initial public offering. Read: Tallwave Capital raises … Read more

Tallwave announces winners of High Tide Healthcare IT

Tallwave announced Thursday that it will be investing $90,000 into the finalists of its High Tide for Heathcare IT competition. The competition has been going on for the last four months and companies from all across the country competed. “It’s been amazing to see the progress and the new relationships that each of these talented … Read more

Tallwave begins nationwide search for High Tide Ed Tech competition

Tallwave has their eye on education and kicks off their nationwide search for the most promising Education Technology companies. Startups from across the U.S. with innovations poised to disrupt education are invited to apply for the recently launched High Tide for EdTech lean business competition. Applications will be accepted until March 14, 2014 and can … Read more

Tallwave selects 11 healthcare startups for High Tide

Tallwave, a commercializer located in Scottsdale, selected 11 startups seeking to disrupt healthcare as we know it and compete in the High Tide for Healthcare IT Program. Selected participants will build a Minimum Viable Business by completing modules, strengthening their viability and likelihood of obtaining seed funding. Program advancement requires completion of these milestones to reach program completion and … Read more

Tallwave Doug Noblitt named finalist in Financial Executives International CFO of the Year Awards

The Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) named Doug Noblitt, the executive vice president of Finance and Accounting at Tallwave as a finalist in the “CFO of the Year Awards” in the private company category. FEI is recognized globally as the leading organization for senior-level financial executives. The nominations and awards recognize exemplary financial … Read more

Tallwave National Healthcare IT High Tide Startup Program opens

Tallwave, a commercializer located in Scottsdale, open their doors for applicants for their first vertical High-Tide competition with a focus on healthcare IT. Tallwave seeks to bring more startups in this area of focus to showcase Arizona’s emergence as a global leader in health and wellness innovation. The High Tide program pays $500,000 in services and … Read more

Smart entrepreneurs, good ideas, capital and a plan-Thom Brodeur talks "Commercializing Innovation"

Thom Brodeur, EVP of Venture Management at Tallwave, didn’t hold back his raw thoughts on how to get Arizona’s entrepreneur scene going and boost our tech ecosystem. Known for his vigor and vibrant presentation style, Brodeur gave a talk about “Commercializing Innovation” to a sold out crowd at the Free Lunch Friday event where he … Read more

Picmonic closes $2.3M round to expand student reach– interview with co-founders Adeel Yang & Ron Robertson

Instead of using Rote memorization methods to pound medical terms such as macrolides and bacteriostatic into ones’ head for finals, students are turning to Picmonic, a visual learning platform, where definitions, diseases and diagnoses are transformed into colorful, goofy and unforgettable pictures to create a personalized learning experience. Since they launched in 2011, the company has … 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

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

Shelvspace raises $1M seed round to help consumer product reps ditch spreadsheets

One startup is helping sales representatives make sure your favorite chips, gum and bottled water are ready to go at the local convenient store. Shelvspace, a SaaS solution for the consumer packaging goods industry, today announced they closed on a $1 million seed round of funding led by Tallwave Capital with participation from high-profile* California- and … Read more

Thinking of joining an AZ incubator? Get on it, application deadlines are ahead

Incubators around Arizona serve as the perfect launch point to help businesses thrive. Through many of these programs, entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to work in a creative space and bring their ideas into fruition. Here, we bring you a roundup of  incubators and accelerators with their respective deadlines and application links. SeedSpot Social Entrepreneur Incubator, … Read more

Application deadlines ahead for 9 Valley incubators

Startups and small businesses that call the greater Phoenix area home have several options to help their business flourish. Here is a list of incubators and accelerators with their respective deadlines and application links. desarrollo Program: PhxFlight Program A 4-month program for tech based ventures with 10 Million + market opportunity. They will be launching … Read more

Five finalists chosen for Smart City App Hack

Contribution from Chloe Nordquist This past weekend, Hackers descended on the City of Phoenix for the Smart City App Hack, a global program launched in Barcelona this year to empower people to create apps and solutions for cities around the world. The mission was to build an app that provides a solution to one of … Read more

Over 100 AZ companies make 2015 Inc. 5000 List

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Inc. 5000 released their 2015 list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America. These companies are determined by their percentage of revenue growth over a period of four years. A total of 109 Arizona companies made the list, with 84 of those being located in Phoenix and surrounding areas. … Read more

AZ companies raising and spending the lettuce – 2014

The year is just about halfway over (how did that happen?), and tech companies around the Valley keep locking down funding and spending the benjis. Take a look at our list of Arizona’s startups and acquisitions from the beginning of 2014.   FUNDING Arizona State University Money raised: $1 million Awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD) … Read more

AZ startups named finalists in TiE 50 Awards – one takes top honor

Two Arizona early-stage startups, Vicinity Health and SyCara Local, were accepted into The Indus Entrepreneurship (TiE) 2014 conference as finalists in the TiE50 Awards Program and pitched in front of tech CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors from all around the world. The AZ startups were chosen out of over 2,800 applicants from 27 countries. The TiE50 … Read more