Ideapreneurs, this competition is for you

.Tech Domains, the new domain extension for the tech sector, announced a nationwide pitch competition — pitch.tech — for idea-stage entrepreneurs to win $10,000 in equity-free funding and over $100,000 in startup benefits.  The competition is in partnership with Startup Grind, a community of startups, founders, innovators and creators.  The Covid-19 pandemic’s effect on many … Read more

How to land a meeting (or ten) with venture capitalists

What do all good business ideas have in common? That’s easy. They all need money, from thousands of dollars to even millions, to get off the ground.  Maybe you can fund your idea by yourself. Perhaps you can ask family and friends to invest in the beginning. You might even be able to find some … Read more

The most important slide in your fundraising pitch deck

Pitching to investors is intimidating at best, devastating at worst. Founders can spend hours building just the right presentation. But the reality is, potential investors really only need to see one thing. Veteran tech entrepreneur and investor Hamid Shojaee told April 2021 PHX Startup Week attendees that in order to be successful at fundraising, all you … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 12: Howard Lindzon, Partner, Social Leverage

Howard Lindzon has been interested in the stock market since he was a teenager. Now he’s an expert in investing and has bet on a wide range of startups, from Robinhood to Manscaped. And he created Stocktwits, which is essentially Twitter for stock market investors. Howard has come to understand the changing stock market pretty well … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 9: Romi Dhillon, CEO & Co-Founder, Sonoran Founders Fund

Ruminder (Romi) Dhillon believes in Arizona’s potential to produce startups that can deliver what he calls “Bay-area results.” In fact, that belief is the foundation of Romi’s mission at Sonoran Founders Fund. As co-founder and CEO of Sonoran Founders Fund, Romi is responsible for not only finding the next big venture, but also constantly evangelizing … Read more

Postscript hopes to give Shopify companies “secret sauce” to success

Postscript is bringing one-on-one human connection to e-commerce by way of our text inboxes.  Postscript CMO Mike Manheimer says that text messaging, when done correctly, has the potential to be “magical” for e-commerce companies. And yes, he used the word magical.  Manheimer says that not only can SMS messaging offer customers a better experience, it … Read more

Lucid Motors on its way to becoming a publicly traded company

Lucid Motors announced a merger agreement Monday night with special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Churchill Capital IV Corp. (CCIV) propelling the EV company toward an IPO.  After the announcement, CCIV stocks plummeted for two days in a row, closing down 18.5% at $28.70 a share on Wednesday. As part of the deal, Lucid will receive approximately … Read more

ReSuture wins $256K for R&D funding

ReSuture, a medical technology company based in Surprise, has been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award. ReSuture will receive $256,000 in funding for research and development to improve its unique system used for surgical training.  The SBIR award program looks to support innovative proposals that have the potential to … Read more

AZ Founders Fund named most active VC in Arizona

According to a recently published report from CB Insights, Arizona Founders Fund was named the most active Venture Capital firm in Arizona. Lead by Romi Dhillon, AZ Founders Fund has made investments in a number of Arizona startups, including: With a focus to help founders and tech startups in Arizona, AZ Founders Fund boasts that … Read more

Third round of EmergeAZ grant winners announced

StartupAZ and invisonAZ have announced the third round of EmergeAZ Fast Grant winners.  The EmergeAZ Fast Grant program pulls from a $1 million fund, with grant amounts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Grants were awarded this third round to ten Arizona tech companies with a wide variety of products ranging from platforms managing Cannabis operations … Read more

Phoenix startup YellowBird receives $25K grant

YellowBird, a Phoenix-based startup, has been awarded a $25,000 EMERGEAZ Fast Grant which was created to provide financial support for startups that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. InvisionAZ and StartupAZ partnered with the Arizona Governor’s Office to create the EMERGEAZ Fast Grant — a $1 million fund to be distributed on a rolling basis until … Read more

CO+HOOTS’s HUUB wins $10,000 in national innovation competition

HUUB, a software platform developed by CO+HOOTS, won a $10,000 grant as part of a competition initiated by a collaboration between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-market subcommittee. The Lab-to-Market (L2M) Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition awarded $330,000 in prizes to companies across the country. More than 160 … Read more

CampusLogic Raises $120 Million

Phoenix, AZ-based ed-tech company, CampusLogic (founded by Gregg Scorsby), received a $120 million minority investment from Dragoneer Investment Group. The company will use the funding to invest in new product development and make strategic acquisitions that will increase the scope of its student financial success platform. The company currently serves more than 750 schools with … Read more