It's down to the top 16 finalists in Venture Madness

Breaking it down again from 32 to 16 startups. Venture Madness announced the top 16 finalists who will pitch in the live competition for a chance to take home a part of the $100,000 prize. “With the live event just weeks away, the final 16 are working hard to prepare for the head-to-head competition,” Karen Katzorke, executive … Read more

32 advance in 2016 Venture Madness competition

It’s down from 64 to 32 startups who will advance to Round 2 in the Invest Southwest 2016 Venture Madness competition and walk away with a piece of the $100,000 prize. Of the 32 finalists, one of them will win the 2016 People’s Choice winner and take home a $5,000 prize. Vote for your favorite company … Read more

Voting opens for Venture Madness top 64 startups

Time to break out the brackets for Venture Madness 2016! This event, brought to the Valley by Invest Southwest and Arizona Commerce Authority, is where the top 64 startups go head-to-head in a pitch competition and vie for a portion of the $100,000 prize and the chance to be crowned champion. The first elimination round begins tomorrow … Read more

Top 10 finalists announced for Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

Ten finalists were announced today for the bi-annual Arizona Innovation Challenge held by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). This time around 131 companies applied from Arizona, California, Ohio, Utah and Virginia. It was whittled down to 25 semifinalists in October and now to the top 10. This is the biggest challenge in Arizona and the … Read more

Tucson tech dominates Arizona Technology Council’s 2015 GCOI awards

Bear Down everyone, technology from Tucson was in the spotlight tonight at the Arizona Technology Council 2015 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards. In conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, the AZ Tech Council (AZTC) presented innovator awards to technology companies with scientific breakthroughs and algorithms that will make your head spin. In a previous announcement, the … Read more

Top 25 semifinalists for Fall 2015 ACA Innovation Challenge announced

Over 131 applicants were considered before the judges narrowed it down to the top 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge. Led by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the Challenge is a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries where early-stage startups vie for a slice of the $1.5 … Read more

$100,000 pot up for grabs at Venture Madness 2016 – applications open now

Video editing by Xavier Smith Following his win, Gregg Scoresby, CEO of CampusLogic exclaimed “I’m going to Disneyland!” All kidding aside, Scoresby did leave the stage with bragging rights as the Invest Southwest Venture Madness (VM) champion and cash to put back into his company. This Arizona-based event is where 64 early-stage startups battle, in a “March Madness” … 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

ACA announces Spring 2015 Innovation Challenge Winners

These passionate and innovative companies dedicated to their niche took home the win. Today the Arizona Commerce Authority announced the winners of the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge where companies from around the country compete for a piece of the pot and build their business in Arizona. The envelope please… Learn more about the companies … Read more

Top 10 finalists revealed for Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

It’s coming down to the wire for the Spring 2015 Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Arizona Innovation Challenge. Who will win the $250,000 to build their business? Today, 10 finalists were announced, and software and science took the majority of spots as finalists.   Beacon Biomedical –  is a medical diagnostic device that provides easy, accurate and affordable blood … Read more

Eventinterface builds cash flow and communities for event planners

For organizations putting on an event that draws hundreds to thousands of participants, event planners need a way to organize and manage the masses. Startup Eventinterface is a SaaS end-to-end event management platform that enables planners to build revenue and their communities simultaneously. Since we last talked with CEO Eventinterface Al Wynant, the company has grown … Read more

IRIS, public relations management software co., raises $1 M equity seed round – interview with CEO Aly Saxe

Founded by a veteran public relations professional, IRIS, a cloud-based public relations management SaaS platform, helps streamline an agency’s administrative tasks and get pros back to doing what they love-creating buzz for their clients. Today the company announced a $1 million equity seed-preferred round, bringing their total funding to $1.25 million. CEO and founder Aly … Read more

25 startup semifinalists in Spring 2015 ACA Innovation Challenge

The list is in! Here are the 25 semifinalists for the Spring 2015 Arizona Commerce Authority Arizona Innovation Challenge vying for $250,000 to help build their business. All but one startup (Matrix Medical) is Arizona-based. Since 2011, the AIC has received over 1,400 applications. This Challenge is a semi-annual business plan competition awarding $1.5M in the Spring … Read more

Brackets, startups and a champion – Venture Madness 2015 wrap up- video

In a room filled with investors, startups, educators and more, two software founders stood center stage under the spotlight and pitched their company for a chance to win $30,000 and become the 2015 Venture Madness champion. CampusLogic, a software company aiming to reduce the arduous process of applying for college financial aid, and EndoVantage, a med tech … Read more

CampusLogic wins 2015 Venture Madness, takes home $30K

Sixty four startups down to one winner at the 2015 Venture Madness. This year ed tech and med tech went head-to-head in the final round. In the end, CampusLogic, a software service that simplifies the process for college students to apply for financial aid, took home $30,000 and bragging rights as the Venture Madness champion. EndoVantage placed second … 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

Applications open for Spring 2015 Innovation Challenge

Arizona Commerce Authority announces the opening of the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). Applications are available for download right now and the submission window is scheduled to close on March 27th, at 3:00 PM Arizona Time. The AIC has one of the highest award amounts in the country for a business plan competition, and … Read more

Venture Madness announces its sweet 16 – updated

The next round of Venture Madness brackets leaves only 16 startups who will move on to the final, live-demo portion of the competition for a chance to win their share of $50,000. Jonathan Ariano, chairman of Invest Southwest comments on the startups, “[They] are shining examples of the entrepreneurship and innovation happening in the Southwest … Read more

32 startups advance in Venture Madness

This round of brackets have closed leaving 32 of the original 64 startups from around the Southwest to compete head-to-head to win their share of $50,000 in 2015 Venture Madness. From here, it’s down to the final 16 companies who will compete in a live-demo event held between March 4-6, 2015. Jonathan Ariano, chairman of … Read more

SF-based Revel Systems expands to Scottsdale bringing jobs

Revel Systems, a San Francisco-based iPad point-of-sale provider, announced their expansion to Scottsdale and adding 160 new jobs over the next three years. The Revel mantra is to empower merchants by providing a complete end-to-end commerce platform that can fit any size of business. Their systems can be found in enterprise food service and retail … Read more