Coconino County partners with SpaceX to expand internet access

Coconino County

Since early May, 45 rural households in Coconino County have used internet access brought to them by state-of-the-art satellites made by SpaceX. Coconino County began conversations with Elon Musk’s company in 2019. This meeting resulted in the county securing SpaceX beta technology, which was created to make the internet more accessible to rural areas.  The … Read more

Arizona Technology Council’s Technology Industry Impact Report details job growth, lack of diversity

Arizona Technology

The Arizona Technology Council released its Q1 2021 Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report, which shows an increase in tech companies, wages and jobs — a continuation from 2020. The report shows tech jobs increased by 3.6%, to 204,161 jobs. Job postings in technology for Q1 have nearly reached the high-water mark set in July 2019. … Read more

Company fundamentally rethinking agriculture expands to Avondale

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OnePointOne, a Silicon Valley-based agriculture technology startup, is expanding its corporate and vertical farming production facilities to Avondale, which will create more than 70 jobs. OnePointOne is building a technologically-advanced cultivation platform that uses innovations in automation, AI and plant science. Last year, the company launched Willo, a personalized vertical farming platform that’s designed to … Read more

Founder Institute’s Colorado chapter launches pitch contest for Mountain West

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The Colorado chapter of the Founder Institute (FI), the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, launched Elevation Pitch, an online elevator pitch contest that is open to those in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Nevada. The pitch competition is for applicants who have an idea or startup with less than $10,000 in … Read more

Lessen closes Series A funding round, raises $35 million

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Scottsdale-based Lessen, a marketplace platform that connects property owners to service professionals, announced it closed a $35 million Series A funding round. The Series A was led by Fifth Wall, the largest VC focused on technology for the global real estate industry. Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst and Navitas Capital, who invested in Lessen’s seed round, … Read more

Offerpad announces expansion to four new markets

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Offerpad, the Chandler-based home selling and buying platform, announced a plan to expand its digital platform and Real Estate Solutions Center to four more markets: Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis; and Columbia, South Carolina. By operating in these new markets, Offerpad will open its operations in over 450 additional cities and towns in … Read more

Scottsdale biopharma startup developing new cancer therapies wins pitch competition

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Scottsdale-based Systems Oncology, a biopharma startup, won the biopharma track of the Pitch Perfect competition held at the MedCity INVEST Conference. Systems Oncology was founded in 2015 with the desire to develop therapies that can overcome cancer’s resistance to some drugs and offer patients long-lasting treatment.  The company’s AI platform, Expansive AI, analyzes cancer genomes … Read more

Arizona broker buys CRE technology, plans to move business to Scottsdale

Arizona broker

The technology behind CRE Simple, a real estate technology startup from Oakland, was purchased by an Arizona real estate broker. Craig Coppola, a founding principal at Lee & Associates Arizona, a commercial real estate brokerage, and his newly-formed Habanero CRE Simple LLC purchased the proprietary source code for CRE Simple’s platform earlier this month. CRE … Read more

Thinkzilla expands to Scottsdale to support minority-owned businesses

Thinkzilla

Thinkzilla, a brand, marketing and PR agency based in Atlanta, announced plans to open a new office at SkySong, the Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation Center. The consulting firm said it will hire 25 employees in the first six months. Female and minority-owned Thinkzilla chose Scottsdale because of the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem here. Company leaders … Read more