Steven Zylstra, CEO of AZ Tech Council, Named Chairman of TECNA

Chairman, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council Steven G. Zylstra will be assuming the role of Chairman of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) for a two year term. Zylstra will be the head of a 13-member executive committee at TECNA, which represents more than 16,000 member technology companies throughout the US, Canada … Read more

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

Bid for lunch with AZ tech leaders

Now is your chance to pick the brains of Arizona’s biggest tech leaders. Starting today, you can bid on lunch dates with various Arizona Technology Council board members through an online auction. “Mentorship and networking are essential cornerstones of a vibrant technology ecosystem,” president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council Steve G. Zylstra said. … Read more

Equity crowdfunding is open in Arizona

Today at maker space TechShop Chandler, Governor Doug Ducey signed bill HB 2591, an intrastate crowdfunding bill where small businesses and entrepreneurs will be able to sell equity in their company over the Internet and receive funding from the general public. “Small businesses and startups will have a new avenue for growing and creating capital,” … Read more

Arizona Commerce Authority releases hyperlocal startup portal

As an ongoing effort to provide tools and resources to the vibrant AZ startup ecosystem, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) released its new Start Up portal at azcommerce.com. Based on insights and feedback gathered from AZ’s ecosystem leaders and partners, the portal was designed with an edgy vibe and to be used as a centralized source for … Read more

Shovels, hearts and ebooks among finalists for Governor's Innovation award

Every year, the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards recognize people and organizations that drive technology forward in Arizona. This year, the collection of winners and finalists includes everything from shovels and mining, to cloud software and biotechnology. “Every year, the buzz and the crowd grows and I have to say the food couldn’t get much … Read more

Arizona tech non-profits partner to help entrepreneurs raise capital

Non-profit collaborative network Arizona Collaboratory, Inc. and the Arizona Technology Council have formed an alliance to help Council members solicit and raise capital from investors around the U.S. Arizona Technology Council members now have access to the Arizona Collaboratory portal, giving new opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs and businesses to gain capital. “Our goal is to … Read more

Dispose your e-waste on Technology Recycling Day – Oct. 24th

With cellphone carriers shifting their plans to allow for upgrades each year, e-waste will most certainly increase from its current 50 million tons of waste disposed worldwide each year, according to dosomething.org. To help keep electronics and toxins out of the trash, Arizona Technology Council makes it easy for all Arizona residents to throw away … Read more

2015 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation announces winners

The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority announced the winners for the 2015 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards Tuesday. The awards honors members of Arizona’s technology ecosystem who impact the state’s growing technology community. “Each year we set aside a day to gather and recognize the tremendous contributions innovators make to strengthen Arizona’s … Read more

AZ Tech Council elects four new directors

The Arizona Technology Council names four new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms; the current Board includes 36 members, five of which are officers. “We have a deep bench of seasoned executives on our Board and are delighted to add these technology leaders,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the … Read more

Arizona Technology Council revamps site to connect businesses

The Arizona Technology Council launched a new, robust website this week making it easier for members and the community to connect with Arizona’s businesses. The site was designed by Allbound, a Scottsdale based SaaS startup, which has turned into an intuitive media style platform with streaming tickers of news and Instagram feeds from local tech events. … Read more

GPEC and BioAccel awarded federal grants to fuel AZ innovation

Federal grant money is headed for Phoenix to help fuel the startup scene. Today, the U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced that BioAccel and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) were two of the first 26 recipients to receive a portion of the $10 million grant from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. According to … Read more

AZ Tech Council helping you remove and recycle your E-Waste – January 24

A quick look inside of anyone’s household junk drawer will reveal a myriad of discarded cell phones and tech items from yesteryear. Now that the holidays are over and you’re adding yet another smart phone to the pile don’t just throw those items away. On Saturday Jan. 24, properly recycle those items through the Arizona … Read more

Friday Night Lights hit Scottsdale in the Battle of the Pranksters – video

This afternoon, at the Chaparral fields in Scottsdale, tech companies Axosoft and Appointment-Plus square off in a flag football game that can only be described as the battle of the pranksters. It started out friendly, as it always does,” said Steve Booze, COO Appointment-Plus, “but now it’s gotten personal.”  “It’s not just a football game anymore,” … Read more

AZ Tech Council names new VP of Southern AZ Regional Office

The Arizona Technology Council announces the promotion of Alex Rodriguez to vice president of the Southern Arizona Regional Office. Rodriguez began his career with the Council in September 2012 as the office’s director, in addition to being an author, decorated military officer and leading authority on business leadership. “Alex’s aptitude and contributions have been invaluable to … Read more

Startup co-founder Contatta Pat Sullivan to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of Contatta and formerly co-founder and CEO of SalesLogix and ACT!, will receive yet another award for his contribution to the business world and this time its the OneNeck IT Services People’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc., AZ Tech … Read more

Nominations open for AZ Tech Council's 2014 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards

The Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced that nominations are now open for the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by global technology distributor Avnet, Inc. and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2014. Businesses, academia, and non-profit organizations working in Arizona’s technology … Read more

Governor Brewer VETOED SB1062 – biz leaders respond

Yesterday Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced that she vetoed the controversial SB1062 that would allow business owners to assert their religious beliefs and refuse service to LGBT individuals. Last week when the bill passed AZ legislation, it set off a fire storm of protests and a stream of letters and phone calls from business leaders, … Read more

Governor Brewer VETO SB1062 – that discriminatory bill!

Arizona Tech Beat strongly opposes SB 1062 and encourages Gov. Jan Brewer to VETO the destructive legislation. Not only does the bill encourage discrimination, but would be harmful to Arizona’s thriving tech sector. Arizona businesses have worked hard to recover from our devastating recession and has been rewarded with growth and future opportunities. If this … Read more