ASU offers $400K in funding for up to 50 student ventures

It’s that time again to apply for the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative to get funding and other support for your venture! For the 10th consecutive year, the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is the university’s premier student startup competition. Managed by ASU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG), part of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED), … 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

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

University Advancement Roundup: ASU a top Incubator, Wildcat & Pac-12 new website, Alexandria co-working network expands

ASU Venture Catalyst named one of the top business incubators in the world The University Business Incubator Index (UBI) for 2013 indicated that Arizona State University Venture Catalyst was named one of the top university business incubators in the world; it was ranked 18th on their list of the Top 25 Global University Incubators and … Read more

Gangplank Re-Opens Tonight in Downtown Tucson

Later today, Gangplank Tucson will host its grand re-opening in downtown Tucson. Gangplank is a non-profit, collaborative workspace that provides resources, education, economic and community development without “physical or financial barriers.” They use their open workspaces to unite diverse minds from different backgrounds into one space so that they can collaborate and create stronger businesses. … Read more

Arizona Student Startups Pitch for Funding at Demo Day

The 2013 Arizona Student Demo Day is presenting Arizona’s top student-run startup companies from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona who pitch for $30,000 in funding. The event is free to the public. The event is on Friday, March 29th from noon to 5 p.m. at Arizona SkySong.
On Demo Day, 12 student-led startups will pitch their companies to a panel of judges, vying for $30,000 in funding. One team from each university will receive $7,000, and three runners-up from any of the schools will receive $2,000 each.

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