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.
Arizona State University
Money raised: $1 million
Awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD) to create a new Pracademic Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer (PACE/T2) to support technology transfer and commercialization from DOD laboratories. The Center is a group effort led by ASU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG). ASU ranks as the top university in Arizona for innovation, affordability, quality of students and degree programs.
ASU Foundation
Money raised: $1 million
Awarded by the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA).  ASU Foundation is a private nonprofit that raises and invests private contributions to ASU and is the entrepreneurial division in technology commercialization, real estate investment and other emerging initiatives.
YourLabs LLC
Money raised: Phase 1 Small Business Innovative Research Grant
Awarded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Tucson-based YourLabs is an e-learning software provider and graduate of the Arizona Center for Innovation.
Money raised: $5 million Series C.
Awarded by GSV Capital Corp, the Scottsdale based StormWind is a leading online training and e-learning company.
Certive Solutions
Money raised: C $2.1 million unit private placement and C$400,000 convertible debenture private placement.
Certive’s cloud-based solutions utilize workflow technologies, on-site supervisory assistance, and clinical support from our strategic partners that increase both the speed and amount of revenue recovery for hospitals.
Money raised: undisclosed
Awarded by Accion’s Venture Lab, eMoneyPool is a digital microfinance provider that helps the underserved access capital through their social networks.
Money raised: $10 million
Parchment is a company in Scottsdale providing a digital platform that makes it easy for people to request, verify and share their educational and credentials online.
Digital Caddies Inc.
Money raised: $2.7 million
Founded in Scottsdale in 2003, Digital Caddies, Inc. creates low cost, easy-to-use and easy-to-implement GPS for golf systems.
Pinnacle Transplant Technologies
Money raised: $30,000 grand prize from Venture Madness.
Pinnacle Transplant Technologies is a Phoenix-based biotech company that processes muscular skeletal tissue from human cadavers and then sends it to physicians.
Force Impact Technologies
Money raised: $10,000 grand prize from Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition.
The ASU startup is the maker of FITGuard and aims to improve the safety of athletes in a meaningful and cost-effective manner. FITGuard is a mouth guard that indicates the level of force an athlete goes through and then syncs that information to a database and smartphone.


Unicorn Media, Inc.
Acquired by: Brightcove, Inc.
Unicorn Media, Inc. is a digital media management provider that helps companies deliver media to any device at anytime while providing real-time analytics on any platform.
Microchip Technology Incorporated
Acquired: Supertax for $394 million
Microchip Technology, Inc. provides Microcontroller and Analog Semiconductors with low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market.
Acquired by: Mitel
OAISYS is a Tempe-based call center software company providing easy-to-use, practical and affordable call recording.
Tallwave and ethology
Jointly acquired: 29th Drive
Tallwave is s a commercializor and leading venture development firm in the Southwest. Scottsdale, AZ.
ethology is a unique integrated digital marketing agency dedicated to creating value for clients. They have offices in Phoenix.
29th Drive is a design team focused on creative UX design, software development and strategic planning.
Mintec, Inc.
Acquired by: Hexagon AB (to be finalized by June 2014)
Mintec, Inc. is a Tucson-based provider of management and modeling software for the mining industry.