Mesa startup Desert Valley Tech awarded NSF SBIR grant for mobile blood banking system

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Mesa-based Desert Valley Tech was awarded a competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to fund research and development of a smart container for use in cold blood storage and transport in extreme environments. The company, founded in 2018, began after a chance meeting between co-founders Travis Witzke and Burt Skiba. … Read more

Phoenix-based incubator accepting applications for impact accelerator program

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Phoenix startup incubator Seed Spot is accepting 15 companies looking to scale in this year’s Impact Accelerator program. This year, the program will be completely virtual and open to entrepreneurs from around the world.  The six-week program offers a curriculum that focuses on topics including pitching, financial projections, customer acquisition and team development. Seed Spot … Read more

Lucid Motors’ Air on track for second half start of production

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Lucid Motors, the Newark, California-based company that operates a factory in Casa Grande, is on schedule to begin production and deliveries of its debut EVs, like Lucid Air, this year.  Bloomberg reported that Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson told investors on a call Tuesday that “testing and validation of Lucid Air is progressing well” and the … Read more

Struggling with hiring and people management? Kate Rogers Sieker has you covered

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Entrepreneurs don’t know everything. The first step is admitting it. All founders have strengths and weaknesses. Some people are really great at marketing the heck out of their product and others might have a knack for innovating and thinking outside of the box. Kate Rogers Sieker’s talent — and greatest passion — is bringing people … Read more

Fundraising platform Virtuous closes $18M Series B raise to support major growth and hire locally

Virtuous, a fundraising platform for nonprofits, has closed an $18 million Series B raise, which will be used to further support the company’s goal to hire locally and expand the team nationally.  The money will also help support the company’s fast growth trajectory and improve product offerings. The raise was led by Fulcrum Equity Partners, … Read more

Global IT consulting company TCS to invest $300M, adding jobs and expanding STEM education in Arizona

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions company headquartered in India, has announced plans to invest more than $300 million in Arizona by 2026 and hire more than 220 employees here by 2023. The company will also expand the reach of its STEM and Computer Science education programs in … Read more

Future of Tech Commission holds Arizona town hall on internet equity, access

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A public discussion hosted by the Future of Tech Commission last week focused on one of the biggest issues facing Arizona right now: internet equity. The Covid-19 pandemic shined a thousand lights on digital equity and access. Rural schools, especially, faced major challenges while attempting to teach online during the pandemic.  Connect Arizona reports that … Read more

Trainual earns top ranking for small companies in AZCentral’s 2021 Top Workplaces

Top Workplaces

Trainual, the Scottsdale-based SaaS company that changes the way small businesses onboard and train new hires, was named a top workplace in Arizona by AZCentral. Trainual ranked no. 1 in the small company category, in part due to its commitment to build an exceptional workplace, culture and employee experience. Over the last year, the company … Read more

ASU biomechanics professor addressing fall prevention through new partnership

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Thurmon Lockhart, a biomechanics professor at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, hopes to predict and prevent dangerous falls, especially in older populations or those recovering from orthopedic surgeries. Lockhart was recently named the first Musculoskeletal Orthopedic Research and Education, or MORE, Foundation Professor of Life in Motion, which will help him … Read more

UArizona-led team receives $3M grant to use your Apple Watch to change healthcare forever

A multi-institution team led by faculty of the University of Arizona School of Engineering has received a $3 million grant to dramatically transform the healthcare system as we know it.  The effort is led by Janet Roveda, UArizona electrical and computer engineering professor who has done research in a number of areas and is also … Read more