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

Link2Golf lets golfers book tee times with buddies through their smartphone

Between emails, text, phone calls and social media, coordinating friends and tee times for a round of golf can be cumbersome. Phoenix-based startup Link2Golf (L2G) is making it easier to connect with friends, search courses, book tee times and pay for your next of round of golf all through your smartphone. CEO and co-founder Kevin Curry, … Read more

Tips to hiring SaaS firms with local and offshore talent – Fred von Graf, Web3Mavens

Staying lean is a priority for startups and cutting costs while maintaining quality is key-especially during the development phase. With the challenge of finding low-cost, quality engineers, startups might turn to SaaS firms that use a blend of local and offshore talent to build out their product or website. Fred von Graf, founder and managing partner … Read more

UA student entrepreneurs rise to the Innovative Minds Challenge

The University of Arizona (UA) in partnership with student-led entrepreneurial organization InnovateUA and Perkins Coie LLP have announced the winners of the 2015 Perkins Coie Innovative Minds Challenge. The Challenge was created to connect UA students with business savvy mentors and help fund innovation. During the Challenge, UA student teams presented their innovative ideas to solve … Read more

The Startup Journal – Building an Audience

For our fourth entry of the AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal, we spoke to Stephen Campbell and Dan Roberts, the co-founders of Tip.ly, a payment application that allows you to pay anyone, anywhere, without the exchange of personal information. The two founders touched on customer acquisition as well as challenges faced for startups in their early phases. … 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

The Startup Journal – Testing the Idea

AZ Tech Beat has a new web-series offering business advice and work experiences, from the startup world to the startup world. The AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal features a variety of founders who are in different stages in their startup. Each episode is a two to three minute video that highlights the “Dos,” “Donts,” and … 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

Applications open for Spring 2015 Innovation Challenge

Arizona Commerce Authority announces the opening of the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). Applications are available for download right now and the submission window is scheduled to close on March 27th, at 3:00 PM Arizona Time. The AIC has one of the highest award amounts in the country for a business plan competition, and … 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