Bonanza Educational brings Legos and tech together

Whether it’s building the Millennium Falcon or a walking robot, Legos can be used for educational purposes and as an outlet for teaching technology. Chandler-based educational enrichment program company Bonanza Educational, LLC is providing a multitude of programs for students and the community to learn topics that aren’t always taught in schools, including an Intro … Read more

Gangplank Chandler to host 6th Startup Weekend

Entrepreneurs around the Valley who are looking to create a business will soon have another opportunity to do so in their own backyard. Coworking space Gangplank Chandler is hosting their 6th Startup Weekend November 20-22. Entrepreneurs and creatives are encouraged to attend and take on the challenge of building a business in a weekend. “Since … Read more

Data mining platform Expanded.IO releases Beta, raises $2.5M

Robocog known for its flagship recruitment search engine HiringSolved, is releasing their latest creation Expanded.IO, a data mining platform for lead generation, in beta July 15. In addition, they recently closed on $2.5 million round led by private investors outside of Arizona, bringing their total funding to $3.5 million. Co-founder Robocog, Shon Burton, said the … Read more

Gangplank co-working expands to Queen Creek

A new co-working space has opened in Queen Creek with the intention of bridging important resources to prospective small businesses. Gangplank cut the ribbon on its new location in the Queen Creek Town Center on April 9th after being approved for a one year lease with the town council in February.   “Our vision for … Read more

Rival Ripper takes home top prize at Startup Weekend Chandler

It was an exhausting weekend for the nine competing startups at Startup Weekend Chandler. Hosted by Ed Allen, Founder and Owner of ITECH Systems, Startup Weekend is an entrepreneurial event where anyone can come and pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from peers and mentors. On Friday evening at Gangplank LLC in Chandler, about … Read more

Startup Weekend Chandler begins July 18

Startup Weekend, an event where entrepreneurs are challenged to create a business model over a few days (and long nights), will be hosted by local coworking space Gangplank in Chandler starting on July 18. If you haven’t been a part of one, it goes like this: experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs, creatives, developers, etc. are invited … Read more

Lil hackers: Where AZ kids learn to code

Children are exposed to technology at a younger age, so it makes sense that more kids are interested in computer programing and coding. “Kids are naturally interested in this area,” said Kelly Smith, founder of the Mesa Code Club. Teaching kids to code is more than just a hobby – it could have a positive impact … Read more

Startup HiringSolved Raises $1M for expansion

HiringSolved the only global social recruiting tool that delivers candidates across all skill sets and industries announced the completion of a $1 million raise from a group of Arizona-based business leaders and angel investors. The raise will be used to continue development of HiringSolved’s proprietary SaaS-based platform, make additional engineering-side hires and expand the company’s … Read more

CAM EASY takes the win at Startup Weekend Chandler – slideshow – video

Nine startups competed to become the winner of Startup Weekend Chandler. Startup Weekend is an entrepreneurial event where anyone can come and pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour whirlwind of business model creation, coding, designing, … Read more

Hackers Putting Public Data to Good Use – "Hack for Change" Recap

This weekend, Gangplank Chandler hosted the National Day of Hacking. The two-day event consisted of community members brainstorming ways to use public data in order to improve their own community without the need of help from politicians or businesses. On Saturday, participants conceptualized new ways to use census data, work with local farmers’ markets, and … Read more

National Day of Civic Hacking Brings Software Developers and Entrepreneurs Together for Change June 1-2

National Day of Civic Hacking will take place June 1-2, 2013. Many local developers, entrepreneurs, and businesses will be working together to showcase the talent and strength of our community. As stated on their website, National Day of Civic Hacking event brings “the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside federal, state and local government … Read more

Gangplank Re-Opens Tonight in Downtown Tucson

Later today, Gangplank Tucson will host its grand re-opening in downtown Tucson. Gangplank is a non-profit, collaborative workspace that provides resources, education, economic and community development without “physical or financial barriers.” They use their open workspaces to unite diverse minds from different backgrounds into one space so that they can collaborate and create stronger businesses. … Read more

Vuurr Rolls Out New Service Called Connectalytics To Consolidate Online Ad Data

Things just got simpler for online advertisers and agencies. Vuurr, located out of Gangplank Chandler, has released this new service, Connectalytics. It allows you to send all of your campaign, keyword, ad, impression, and click data from your Bing Ads account, right to your Google Analytics account each night. For free…well sort of, up to … Read more

Startup Out Of Gangplank Chandler Disrupts The Recruiting Space, Making It A Lot Easier To Find Talent Online

Shon Burton, created his company HiringSolved out of necessity, and a desire for increased efficiency. Shon had been living and working in downtown San Francisco as a team leader for a recruiting firm, and was met with consistent challenges. As he trained each new recruiter, the initial time investment was large, and he was subject … Read more

Doc It Now Wins Gangplank’s Extreme Pitch Contest Against 5 Other New Valley Startups Last Friday Night

Ben Hall, Benson Garner, and the rest of the crew at Gangplank hosted an Extreme Pitch Contest for their “RoadMap To Launch” and “Semester To Launch” company participants. This biannual event is a culmination of each company’s hard work in developing a ‘lean startup’ with the help of their leader’s mentorship. This time, six new startups … Read more

Event Recap: AZEC12 – The End Of Business As Usual

With the reality of “business as usual” being gone by the wayside, AZEC12 gathered a talented lineup of speakers to challenge today’s entrepreneurs, investors, and organizational leaders to begin seeing things differently. They brought a new perspective, and good insights into how we can operate, profit, and flourish in today’s technology-driven, fast-paced “social sharing economy”. … Read more

The Seventh Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference Being Held Next Tuesday at Gangplank HQ

Next week, Tuesday, October 30th, the Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference will run all day at the new and improved Gangplank HQ building in Chandler. For the seventh year in a row, this event has strived to bring entrepreneurs together, share pertinent and valuable knowledge, benefit the surrounding communities, and develop strong relationships between one another. Stated … Read more

Gangplank’s RoadMap To Launch Starts Again, Now Partnered with ASU Venture Catalyst

Remember the Extreme Pitch 2012 event that we reported on back in May? Well, the annual event hosted by Gangplank Chandler is the culmination of a program called RoadMap To Launch. This program consists of 10 weeks of training led by local experts that guide budding entrepreneurs through the process of transitioning their latest and … Read more

It’s Official: Loyalty Reward Program, TruePoints, Launches In The Valley

Remember TruePoints? AZTechBeat first met up with their team when we attended the Extreme Pitch 2012 Event at Gangplank. After taking 2nd place at the event, TruePoints was gearing up to officially launch their reward tracking program in Phoenix. Well my friends, that day has arrived! You can now sign up to use their service, … Read more

Launch a startup in 54 Hours – Startup Weekend, Chandler begins July 27, 2012

July 27 through July 29, 2012, anyone with an innovative business idea, the passion to succeed, and the courage to register can build it during Startup Weekend Chandler. A 54-hour long entrepreneurial marathon. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that draws developers, designers, managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing pros, and more together to build a new … Read more