Social Venture Partners AZ and Seed Spot team up for boot camp

Twenty semifinalists from Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) Fast Pitch Competition, will be entering one of the most exclusive startup boot camps in the Valley. Seed Spot, one of the leading social conscious incubators in the country, is teaming up with SVPAZ to help prepare these 20 startups for their next step in the competition by taking … Read more

Comedy and mechanics win at Seed Spot Demo Day

Co-written with Chloe Nordquist From event space rental platforms and tamales to gift giving and LOL, twelve startups presented their businesses at the sixth Seed Spot Demo Day at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix and competed for cash prizes, consulting services and free rent to help build their companies. The big winners included Humor … Read more

Seed Spot NEXT program expands nationally

At 17 years-old most kids are keeping up on TV shows, taking part in school clubs, or participating in after school sports, not starting a company. For those teens that have that entrepreneurial spirit, Seed Spot, the socially-conscious incubator, offers the NEXT program. The program is designed to give high school students the resources, skills, … Read more

Seed Spot expanding social impact platform to US

Seed Spot, a social impact incubator, has announced plans to expand their entrepreneurship program nationally, even internationally, in the years ahead. Cities such as San Diego, Boise, and even Warsaw have expressed interest in bringing the Seed Spot model to their city and building out a socially conscious startup ecosystem. Courtney Klein, co-founder Seed Spot, … Read more

#ExposeTheAwesome Community Tour highlights cool people, places and spaces in AZ

Co-working is not just an idea, it’s an action. The AZTB crew headed out this past summer to cool spaces and places for our #ExposeTheAwesome Community Tour and we did just that! Through the power of social media, our readers got the opportunity to follow along as we toured through some of the coolest co-working spaces and … Read more

Seed Spot received $330k Kauffman Foundation Grant

Arizona-based business incubator Seed Spot was announced as one of eight companies awarded a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The grant was given to organizations that help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. READ: Female founders dominate Seed Spot fall 2015 venture class “We are incredibly excited to bring funding from the Kauffman … Read more

The Startup Journal: Getting pre-orders to attract investors

Video contribution by Xavier Smith For startups with capital intensive products, it’s one thing to have your product demoed, used on a trial basis and liked, but once it comes to converting the customer, many enthusiasts won’t pull out the checkbook. In this edition of The Startup Journal, founder Aqwastream, Mare Van Dyke, shares insight … Read more

Announcing AZ Tech Beat Community Tour – Updated

Expose the awesome! That’s our motto, goal, passion and the name of our community tour. Join us as our crew heads out around the Valley to co-work with our tech community. We will be setting up shop at local co-working spaces, tech companies, coffee shops, and incubators throughout the summer to expose the awesome within the Arizona technology … Read more

Female founders dominate Seed Spot fall 2015 venture class

You go guuurl! Was the common comment I had for the latest batch of ventures entering Seed Spot Fall 2015 class. Out of eleven ventures entering the program, eight of them are women-owned. At the monOrchid, Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and co-founder Seed Spot Courtney Klein welcomed their startups to a crowd of Seed Spot alumni, … Read more

POTUS Demo Day promotes diversity, AZ companies recognized

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Only 1% of America’s venture capital-backed startups are led by African Americans, and only 3% are led by women. This has to change. Today, President Obama is hosting the first White House Demo Day, promoting diversity across all industries for women and minorities. The event is giving 30 entrepreneurs and startups … Read more

The Startup Journal – Going through an acquisition

When another company is interested in acquiring your business, there are some challenges and critical decisions to make in the process. [youtube]https://youtu.be/4VOY_c4BHT0[/youtube]   We sat down with Steve Zeidman, founder of Vestafy, in the latest edition of The Startup Journal. Zeidman provides advice on going through an acquisition and to not settle for less on the … Read more

Meet AVA, the next ed tech superhero for school-age children

A child with the inability to see and hear well in a classroom setting has been correlated to poor performance in school. For Arizona schools, hearing screening tests for school-age children are mandatory. If a child fails a screening test, the current process is to send a flier home with the child and hope for the best, leaving … Read more

Food delivery, web design and mechanics win at Vendeme Tu Sueno

Univision partnered up with social conscious incubator Seed Spot to find the next entrepreneur in the Vendeme Tu Sueno (Pitch me your Dream) competition. From 400 applicants down to three finalists, entrepreneurs pitched to local business leaders, startup moguls, investors and incubators to win a slot in Seed Spot’s full-time venture program.   https://youtu.be/SY6cDqTCc44 Watch … Read more

Seed Spot Demo Day attracted zombies, dogs and geniuses

From natural smoothie pops to paraffin wax gloves, Seed Spot’s fifth Demo Day showcased startups with a wide variety of goals and social impact areas. Twelve startups presented their ideas Tuesday night to a packed house at downtown Phoenix’s Herberger Theater Center. Seed Spot, an incubator in Phoenix for ventures with social impact, has helped 143 … Read more

Seed Spot launches nine new startup ventures

From the top of a rooftop overlooking downtown Phoenix, Seed Spot announced the nine new startup ventures who have been inducted into Spring 2015’s incubator program. To kick it off, Seed Spot CEO and co-founder Courtney Klein spoke briefly about her incubator, which has seen an 88 percent success rate of startups who have been … Read more

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

Seed Spot Demo Day had its fair share of tail wags

Last night Seed Spot, the socially conscious incubator, held its 4th DEMO DAY where 10 startups showcased their innovation all with the mission to change the world for good. Since Seed Spot’s inception, startups have raised $1.7 million in capital, 90 percent of the companies continue to thrive in Phoenix and 160 jobs have been … 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

Application deadlines ahead for 9 Valley incubators

Startups and small businesses that call the greater Phoenix area home have several options to help their business flourish. Here is a list of incubators and accelerators with their respective deadlines and application links. desarrollo Program: PhxFlight Program A 4-month program for tech based ventures with 10 Million + market opportunity. They will be launching … Read more

SEED SPOT kick-off party announces 11 new ventures

Seed Spot announced their 3rd class of hero ventures last night during a kick-off party held at their headquarters in Central Phoenix. Seed Spot is a nonprofit incubator that supports social entrepreneurs with their innovative ventures that intend to benefit the lives of people in our local, national, or global communities. Seed Spot works exclusively … Read more