Campus shooting survivor launches safety app for ASU students

With campus shootings and crime rattling the country in recent months, tech firms and universities have taken an advance turn to supply students with in-palm methods of alerting authorities about on-campus crimes. Last week Arizona State University announced its launch of the school’s LiveSafe app, which allows users to report tips to the ASU Police … Read more

Flagstaff accelerator NACET stretch their wings to 28,000 sq. ft. facility

Flagstaff’s own accelerator NACET is growing at such a fast rate they are needing a bigger nest for their startups and small businesses. This week, they broke ground on a new 28,000 square-foot facility which will house office space, bio labs, conference space and more. NACET President Annette Zinky said, “NACET and the entrepreneurial community are thrilled that the City … Read more

Home cooks make money doing what they love with startup InHouseCooks

The ability to whip up a delectable delight isn’t just for the professionals, but also for the food enthusiasts that like to cook a special dish that they mastered years ago. Wouldn’t it be cool if these special talents didn’t go unnoticed, but rather were advertised on a website that employs the services of personal, … Read more

Startup Ruby Ride’s expansion brings new jobs to the Valley

The way we get around Phoenix has evolved over the years. We have steadily been branching out past our bus systems and taxi services, welcoming rideshare programs like Uber, Lyft and now, local newcomer, Ruby Ride. The Phoenix-born subscription-based rideshare program got off to a rocky start earlier this year, but now seems to have … Read more

Startup NoteBowl can help college students survive freshman year

NoteBowl, a startup coming out of Tucson, AZ, is quickly gaining steam as the newest online platform that plans to revolutionize the higher education system. NoteBowl is a Campus Life Solution: a comprehensive platform for universities that goes beyond the standard learning management system (LMS) by putting the entire university experience in one place. NoteBowl’s … Read more

Startup Pure Chat all a buzz reaching 1M chat milestone

While larger service providers have dedicated live chat customer service representatives on hand awaiting to help you, the majority of businesses do not have that extra cash to keep someone on standby. However, in order to stay more connected to ones’ customers, smaller businesses are adding in live support software with mobile integration to their websites. Pure … Read more

Winners of Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge take home $250K

Twice a year the Arizona Commerce Authority awards up to $1.5 million in grant funding capital to a group of startups to help them grow their business and fuel innovation. Today the ACA announced the winners of the Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge, and each one will take home $250,000. Sandra Watson, President and CEO, … Read more

Startup Mobile Safe Case close first round of funding

Startup Mobile Safe Case, a device or case that allows you to lock up your personal items via smartphone, announced today the closing of their first round of funding of $175,000 from an undisclosed Arizona-based hedge fund. CEO Justin Zastrow tells AZTB that the money will “…allow us to source and deliver our to-go-market product … Read more

Scrunch and crunch your data pain-free with HipDash by eyefire

HipDash by startup company eyefire is smart analytics dashboard that’s helping business owners make smarter decisions faster with the help of easy to use, automated, real time performance metrics. The idea grew out of CEO Jeremy Bowman and Chief Marketing Officer Woods Davis’ frustrations with their former national real estate services company. Their business was successful, … Read more

Former Google and Facebook Exec joins startup Parchment Board of Directors

Parchment, the leader in electronic transfer exchange announced today the appointment of former Google and Facebook executive Ethan Beard as an independent member of its board of directors. With Parchment growing at an enormously fast pace, Beard’s extensive experience in transforming consumer Internet services to sector-wide platforms will be put to good use. Beard will … Read more

PITOOEY! Inc. names new CEO

PITOOEY! Inc. announced that it has named Richard M. Hybner as their new CEO. As a rapidly expanding company, the announcement follows the recent acquisition of RAADR software for social media monitoring and the launch of their flagship product, the PITOOEY! app. Former CEO of PITOOEY!, Jacob DiMartino, will continue his duties as President and … Read more

ASU Startup brings home the ACVC Territorial Cup and $10K

Last Friday, the top 12 startups from Arizona State, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona went head-to-head in the second Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition for a chance at a piece of the $30,000 prize money plus mentorship…and of course the Territorial Cup plus one year of bragging rights. In the end, all Arizona State startups … Read more

Desert Angels invested over $5.5M and majority in AZ cos.

Desert Angels (DA) announced their final investment numbers for 2013 equaling over $5.5 million placed into 23 different companies-the majority of them in Arizona. Chairman of Desert Angels and board member on the Angel Capital Association Curtis Gunn said this milestone “…is a record for us, both record of number of companies and dollars invested.” … Read more

64 startups to battle it out for $50K at Venture Madness

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with Arizona Commerce Authority, announced it’s 64 startups from around the southwest who will compete head-to-head for a portion of the $50,000 prize. How Venture Madness works: Think of it as the “Battle of the Brackets” where startups duel it out bracket-style for the top slot. After … Read more

Startup Contatta debuts at ShowStoppers CES2014

Guestimate how many emails you receive per day. 100, 200, maybe more? Now take that number and times that by five work days, then by four weeks, how many emails is that now? Sickening. One local startup aims to fix this broken record of email hell, get us organized and build a relationship with our … Read more

Startup TourKidd arms indie artists against shady music promoters

For many budding musicians and artists, finding their way around the music industry can be frustrating when you’re trying to make it and not get screwed over. One startup aims to help take a few burdens off of this journey and protect their fellow artist. TourKidd is an online platform for members of the independent … Read more

Startup MeGive makes gift giving a breeze

If you are still stumped on what to get someone for the holidays, the guessing game is over thanks to startup MeGive, an online community where users can create wish lists for virtually anything from weddings to birthdays and holidays. Founder Scot Anderson shares insight to developing MeGive. This is such a great service, especially … Read more

Startup Park Genius helps you feed the meter through your phone

Park Genius is a mobile app developed by three entrepreneurs coming out of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. The app allows motorists to pay for parking through their phone at the meter or remotely. Co-founder, Thomas Maguire, explains that he and his two partners (Ross Shanken and … Read more

Startup Endless Entertainment to help companies create epic events

Named one of the “Coolest College Startups in America” by Inc. Magazine, named one of the top five Facebook pages for Small Businesses in the world by Social Media Examiner, recognized by national news media for their epicness, two-time ASU Edson Student Entrepreneurship Initiative award winner and now a MAC6 incubee, founder and president Will … Read more

appsFreedom takes bronze in the Stevie Award for “Best New Product of the Year”

appsFreedom, a leading provider of enterprise mobile cloud software for SAP, announced today its appsFreedom V3.0 was named a Bronze Steve Award Winner for “Best New Product of the Year” in the 10th Annual International Business awards. The Stevies recognize outstanding performances and the people behind them in the workplace worldwide; winners are selected from … Read more