ASU ties community together with Startup Summit

Myriads of student entrepreneurs gathered at Arizona State’s Tempe campus this past weekend for seminars and one-on one-mentor sessions and the ultimate chance to network at Changemaker Central’s ASU Startup Summit. The event was centered around those who work on social-based startups, with the goals to bring local entrepreneurs and startups together as a community, … Read more

Online rep goes beyond the hashtag – video

If your Twitter profile picture for your startup or business is still the egg, then you’re doing social media wrong. In today’s growing world of social media you’ll want to make sure your online reputation is popping and at this month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn panel you’ll want to pay attention. During the … Read more

First Lady of Phoenix aims to protect kids online with BullyBlocker app

In a research study by American Medical Association almost 30 percent of teens in the United States (or over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both. As for online the iSAFE Foundation found that over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied … Read more

ICE BlackBox app turns smartphones into a secure surveillance camera

Suspicious activity, domestic abuse, animal abuse, bullying and other illegal activities can now be captured on this new crime-fighting app. This app allows the user to stream real-time video to secure servers where it is saved and cannot be deleted by a perpetrator against the user’s will. The new ICE BlackBox app was developed by CEO … Read more

Startups, mark your calendars! Deadline for TiE AZ Rapid Fire Pitch is Friday 10/10

Two minutes is a short amount of time. It may be the time spent watching a commercial break or waiting for a large pot of coffee to brew-but for some startups, it’s the chance to capture the attention of an investor and take their product to the next level. TiE Arizona is hosting its annual … Read more

Co-founder Random Order Audio shares lessons learned from Kickstarter fail

AZ-based startup Liquid Llama Soft., LLC recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their product Random Order Audio, a program that allows artists and producers to add infinite possibilities and texture to their songs, giving them the ability to test out their song in different genres, mixes or instrumental additions, and raise $60,000. Although the campaign totally failed, … Read more

Where to get free tech education around the Valley

What is an idea without the means or technology to bring it to fruition? Luckily, various locations around the valley are offering access to their technology labs and educational workshops. The best part? They are free of charge! TechShop is offering complimentary memberships at its Chandler location to ASU students for the fall 2014 semester. Any … Read more

Hacks 4 Humanity Hackathon kicks off September 20th at ASU

Calling all app designers, humanists, and creatives alike – the mission of Hacks 4 Humanity is to create technology solutions and initiatives that will contribute to the social good and address the needs of humanity using the seven principles of ASU Project Humanities “Humanity 101” movement. Together, the seven Principles of the “Humanity 101” curriculum … Read more

Phoenix Mobile Festival returns September 27th

The Phoenix Mobile Meetup group will host their third annual Phoenix Mobile Festival designed for mobile enthusiasts, developers, engineers and entrepreneurs on September 27, 2014 from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Phoenix campus. The festival, sponsored by Intel,  will support the many voices helping to unlock the potential of a truly … Read more

UofA's driverless CAT vehicle takes students for a spin

No brakes, no steering wheel, no gas pedal, and no driver. The concept of a driverless car has been one of the more popular initiatives at Google, and this summer, students at the University of Arizona worked on their own version of a self-driving car in an effort to advance driverless technology.   Eight engineering and … Read more

Code for America hosting Open Data Roadshow Sept. 4th

Could the government benefit from enabling open data? Next month, this will be the hot topic at Code for America’s Open Data Roadshow. Local government officials, city managers, technologists, area experts and open data evangelists will have a chance to put their noggins to work to help their community and brainstorm ideas about open data.  Code for America … Read more

Thinking of joining an AZ incubator? Get on it, application deadlines are ahead

Incubators around Arizona serve as the perfect launch point to help businesses thrive. Through many of these programs, entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to work in a creative space and bring their ideas into fruition. Here, we bring you a roundup of  incubators and accelerators with their respective deadlines and application links. SeedSpot Social Entrepreneur Incubator, … Read more

Speak to the Mix – 23 up-and-coming AZ Startups

Plenty of activity has been brewing from our startup community this year, bringing us a wide variety of tech ventures from different fields. From cooking apps to rideshare programs, dozens of local startups have been launching their efforts, once again reinforcing Arizona’s healthy environment for entrepreneurs, innovation and technology. Here is a quick recap of the startups that have made their way … Read more

Seed Spot launches entrepreneur program for high school students

From lemonade stands and dog walking services to building apps or a robotic toy, the entrepreneurial mindset is occurring at a younger age. This summer, parents might wonder how to continue to nurture their child’s mindset in a social conscious environment. Seed Spot, a nonprofit incubator dedicated to early-stage community-focused social startups, has launched a … Read more

Get your weekends back with startup eJobba on-demand handyman

We all have those pesky jobs we need done – whether it’s trimming the trees or remodeling a bathroom, but it can be hard to find qualified people to complete this kind of work without spending a pretty penny! eJobba is an online database that will help consumers and businesses with the hustle and bustle of efficiently finding qualified … Read more

Any dude can do it – startup Cookstarter launches interactive and simple cooking app

Cookstarter, a brand new app created by Tucson resident, Ben Butterworth, and developed by Y Media Labs, is an interactive cooking experience that has simple-to-read instructions, macro size photos and videos, audio instructions of what you are making and categories that make recipes easy to find. Butterworth credits the inception of the app to his … Read more

ASU offers $400K in funding for up to 50 student ventures

It’s that time again to apply for the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative to get funding and other support for your venture! For the 10th consecutive year, the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is the university’s premier student startup competition. Managed by ASU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG), part of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED), … Read more

Startup Ufree makes hanging out with friends a breeze

Ever wanted to hang out with friends, but weren’t sure who was available? Instead of sending out that dreaded mass text, Stephen Ost, founder of Ufree, wants to make it even easier to find out which of your friends are available to hang out the moment you open the app. Ost is a graduate of … Read more

Pat Sullivan on “Building Silicon Desert” – VIDEO

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix is quite familiar with the Arizona entrepreneurial scene. With his new company Contatta, he is passionate and pumped to grow his business in Silicon Desert. Contatta recently announced the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund … Read more

Co-founder Chris Petroff steps down from incubator SEED SPOT

Chris Petroff, the co-founder of SEED SPOT, will be stepping down to pursue other ventures-the location is undisclosed at this time. Petroff is known for being a strong advocate for the entrepreneurship community and told AZTB that he will continue to nurture Arizona entrepreneurship. In December of 2011, Chris and co-founder Courtney Klein Johnson dreamed … Read more