Multi-state smart city collaboration forms between Arizona, North Texas groups

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Three smart city associations, two of which are based in Arizona, joined forces to take a “region of regions” approach to collaborate and evaluate new financial models.  The North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA), a consortium of almost 30 municipalities, agencies, corporations and academic institutions in North Texas; The Connective, a Phoenix-based research and implementation partnership … Read more

Trainual raises $27M Series B to improve platform and increase global expansion

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Trainual, a SaaS platform designed to help growing businesses standardize policies and processes, has closed a $27 million Series B round, bringing the company’s total funding to $33.75 million. The round was led by Altos Ventures, a major venture capital firm based out of Menlo Park, Calif. Trainual founder and CEO Chris Ronzio said 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

Tempe startup Fireline Science awarded competitive grant to improve online learning

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New Tempe-based startup Fireline Science has been awarded a competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant.  Every year, America’s Seed Fund, powered by NSF, awards $200 million to startups and small businesses that work to create products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups in science and technology can receive … Read more

UArizona receives $2 million in support of space programs

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The University of Arizona has received a very generous gift from a graduate: $2 million to advance UArizona’s space exploration.  The university said $1.5 million will be used to purchase a nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometer, an instrument that those at the UArizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory will use to study samples from the solar … Read more

Invest Southwest expands Venture Madness competition to companies nationwide

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The 2021 Venture Madness event, Arizona’s longest-running VC conference and pitch competition, is now open for applications through June 3. The difference this year? The event is open to companies across the U.S. “Business growth in Arizona has propelled the state to become one of the best places in the country to start a company,” … Read more

YellowBird closes seed round with more than $1.7 million in funding

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YellowBird, a gig economy marketplace headquartered in Phoenix, has closed its seed capital raise with more than $1.7 million in funding. The YellowBird marketplace connects businesses with vetted Risk and Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) professionals on-demand for projects of any size. The professionals are vetted with a five-step process that includes background and accreditation … Read more

Raising capital in Arizona? Here’s a list of venture capital firms to consider

Over the past two years, Arizona startups have received more venture capital than ever before. According to ClearData, Arizona is still trailing the major U.S. startup hubs by a fairly wide margin. And yet, the tech startup industry here is growing fast. Arizona appeals to both local founders and founders originally based out-of-state, thanks to … Read more

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