World View builds new pad at Spaceport Tucson

Mainstream spaceflight is becoming a reality in Arizona as World View, the commercial balloon spaceflight company,  announces plans to build their global headquarters in Tucson. In collaboration with Sun Corridor Inc., the City of Tucson, Pima County and the State of Arizona, World View will be the anchor tenant in the County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business … Read more

Google's Project Sunroof launches in Arizona

The Phoenix Metropolitan area averages 211 clear days and 85 partly cloudy days each year according to azcentral.com, making our sunny state a perfect candidate for Google’s Project Sunroof.   Project Sunroof is a solar power initiative and an online source for households interested in utilizing solar energy to power their homes and cut electricity … 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

SynCardia's heart beats for Wall Street, filed for IPO – updated

Tucson-based SynCardia Systems, a total artificial heart development, manufacturing and commercializing company, filed for IPO under the proposed symbol TAHT (total artificial heart temporary) and looking to raise $34.5 million according to NASDAQ. The company plans to issue 2.5 million shares with an over allotment option of $375,000 at $10-12 per share. The lead underwriter is Roth Capital … Read more

Coffee, collaboration and co-working – AZ Co-working Guide

Co-written with Carlene Reyes A 9-5 workday just isn’t what it used to be—especially for entrepreneurs and small businesses when it comes to getting work done. The day-to-day needs and lifestyle for this demographic are a little different from the average office worker, so why should they expect to work in the same ho-hum environment? … 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

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

Aztera Holdings acquires Tucson's Brock Technologies

Aztera Holdings, LLC acquires Tucson, Arizona based Brock Technologies, Inc., an innovative unmanned systems design and manufacturing company. Keith and Jessica Brock, aerospace engineers and graduates of the University of Arizona, founded Brock Technologies in 2006. The owners of both companies approved the acquisition and the new company, BrockTek, LLC, was established in July. Manny … Read more

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

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