Four new startups join CEI incubator

Contributions by Chloe Nordquist Four Arizona biotechnology and medical device startups will be joining Phoenix-based Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) business incubator. “We see enormous amounts of potential with each of these companies, which is validated by the fact that several have already gone through other incubation programs in the Valley,” CEI executive director Jeff … Read more

GoDaddy's Online Store becomes more secure and Shippo savvy

Today, GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, announced more than a dozen new features added to their online store offerings and streamlined the process for small businesses to complete transactions and deliver products to customers more efficiently. As part of their initiative to help small businesses get known, the company acquired … Read more

Weekend Reads: Judge This, Millennials and Productivity

It’s the weekend! Here are some great books that you can read while escaping the Arizona heat.     We all know the phrase ‘you can’ judge a book by its cover,’ and in author Chip Kidd’s book Judge This you will learn how to make an initial splash. “First impressions,” says Kidd, “are key … Read more

Detroit-based Golfler expanding to Arizona

Golfler, an all-in-one mobile app for golfers, is expanding to Arizona, specifically in Scottsdale and Phoenix. The free app offers a luxury experience for golfers by combining technology and on-course services. Golfler gives golfers one place for ordering on-course food and beverages, increasing pace of play, and purchasing equipment. “We are a tech company out … Read more

The Startup Journal: Stop the blame game

There will be more good days than challenging days when you build a company. During those challenges, companies will lose productivity if they spend too much time finding fault instead of learning from the experience and move forward. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-lEWODNh9g[/youtube] Tommy Andrews, CEO and Co-founder of Energy Conservation Management, sits down with us in the latest episode … Read more

On-demand car repair service YourMechanic expands to Phoenix – interview with CEO Art Agrawal

Instead of taking your car in for repair, managing life without transportation and paying exorbitant prices, have the mechanic make a house call. YourMechanic, an on-demand car repair service, has expanded to the Valley from San-Francisco. “We follow the demand [and] Phoenix is in the top five cities we received requests,” CEO and co-founder YourMechanic … Read more

Sock monkeys to war, UAT students showcase new video games

Video contribution by Xavier Smith From a sock monkey finding its way to its friend to a real-time WWI strategy game, the University of Advancing Technology’s Greenlight Celebration last Friday showcased five student-created video games from the UAT Game Studios. “Tonight was very special because it was the first time we really opened up this … Read more

Arizona Innovation Summit returns for 5th year

The Arizona Innovation Summit is returning for it’s 5th year, inviting innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the state to engage in a day long event as part of Arizona’s SciTech Festival. The Summit will be held October 1 at Scottsdale Center for the Arts. “This is a gathering which enables cross-sector relationships for education, … Read more

Uber partners with UA to boost mapping research for self-driving cars, donates $25,000

Google isn’t the only entity that is building out their driverless technology. The University of Arizona (UA) has been conducting experiments on their Cognitive and Autonomous Test, or CAT, vehicle on campus and developing mapping technology for driverless cars.  Today, the UA and Governor Doug Ducey announced a strategic partnership between the UA and the on-demand ride-hailing … Read more

Tour a rental house on-demand with RentZap, expands to Phoenix

Video contribution Xavier Smith It’s time to move and the clock is ticking. You’ve put in your application for a rental home a week ago and you’re still playing phone tag with the landlord, and trying to match up schedules for a tour has been a logistical nightmare. To eliminate the wait and worry of … Read more

ASU announces 21 startups for Fall 2015 Edson cohort

Contribution by Chloe Nordquist From a mobile garden care platform to an electronic distribution company, 21 startups have been chosen to join the fall 2015 cohort of the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative at Arizona State University. Each startup will receive mentoring, office space, access to the ASU Startup School, and up to $20,000 in seed … Read more

Buy your gameday tickets on-demand with a text

Football fans around the country will now have the ability to purchase game tickets through a text  using ReplyBuy. ReplyBuy is a mobile commerce platform that allows customers to purchase items through a text message. In October 2014, the company launched their sports and entertainment platform focused on ticket sales for professional and collegiate sports teams and have … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Healthy Lifestyle edition

Staying fit and healthy is an important aspect of life, and it’s super easy to do these days with the help of fitness and neuro tech gadgets. Track your breathing, heart rate and sugar levels with fitness wearables. Drink plenty of purified water. And most of all, Thync better.     Thync A mood-enhancing wearable … Read more

Apocalyptic fashion of the future — Phoenix Fashion Week

Laser cut shirts and jackets, 3D printed jewelry, and an apocalyptic-theme strutted the runway at Phoenix Fashion Week’s Shop Garment District where emerging designer Azmara Asefa showcased her futuristic designs. Azmara’s brand tagline is “Apocolypse. Ready.” and while her inspiration comes from futuristic style, her laser cutting and 3d printing skills come from her education … 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

The Startup Journal: Researching the Industry

Before you can get your startup off the ground, there’s a crucial step that is often overlooked. Research is an essential part of every entrepreneurial idea and can you gain edge on the competition. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZxNTT-XJgo[/youtube] In this edition of The Startup Journal, president and founder of XOXY, Jo Lynn Clemens, offers her advice on the … Read more

ParkX reaching milestones one parking meter at a time

It used to be, stop what you are doing and sprit back to the car and feed the meter before you get a ticket or towed. Today, you can add coins through your smartphone. ParkX (formerly Park Genius), a mobile app that allows motorists to pay remotely for parking, was developed by students from the … 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

WebPT acquires management software company Therabill

Medical record solution WebPT acquired Illinois-based Therabill, a web-based practice management software for therapists, pathologists, and behavioral health specialists. The acquisition will create an all-in-one software solution for the rehab therapy community. “WebPT + Therabill is more than just a best-of-breed EMR and billing solution; in addition to combining our two systems, we’ll continue to … 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