Challenge Cup AZ names 1st round of winners

Co-written Tishin Donkersley The Arizona technology community of co-working spaces, incubators and startups came together this past Saturday for the inaugural Challenge Cup AZ where startups from around Arizona competed for a seat in the next round held in San Francisco. Co-hosted by CO+HOOTS, Seed Spot, Blind Society, Coplex, StartupAz Foundation, Local First Arizona, Nerdery, Stealthmode Partners, … Read more

Top 10 Startup Confessionals

Every entrepreneur needs a little bit of expert advice at some point on their journey from idea to established business. These startup founders offered up their advice to help their peers through the process.   Click on each quote to watch the full webisode of The Startup Journal.    “Being an entrepreneur is not only … 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

3rd SEED SPOT Cohort presents at Demo Day

On June 5, nine SEED SPOT ventures pitched their business goals to a packed audience at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix with the hopes of winning cash prizes, office space, and other goodies to help continue building their socially focused companies. SEED SPOT is a Phoenix-based non-profit incubator dedicated to helping companies who are … 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

Picmonic takes home the win at Startup Connect AZ – slideshow

Sixteen startups pitched for a cash prize at the first AZ Technology Council Startup Connect AZ, a high-energy all-day conference filled with education, networking, and a discussion of a variety of topics revolving around technology and entrepreneurship, mentorship, and funding. Startups were chosen from the four fastest growing industries in Arizona: clean tech, health and … Read more

Xplore, crash, snaps, apps and celebrate – 17 SEED SPOT Cohorts present at Demo Day

On December 11, seventeen cohorts took the stage for SEED SPOT Demo Day for a chance to win cash prizes and other resources to help build their business. The Cohorts gave three-minute pitches at the Orpheum theater to a room filled with investors, mentors, educators, CEOs and friends and family from around the state. Prizes … Read more

SEED SPOT 2013 launches 15 new startup ventures

Last night, 15 startup ventures came together to pitch their business ideas to a full house at The Duce in Phoenix for SEED SPOT 2013. Seed Spot is a nonprofit incubator focused on supporting Arizona’s most innovative social entrepreneurs; those creating high impact ventures that improve the lives of people and communities on a local, … Read more

Seed Spot Incubator Expands to 14,000 Square Feet

Last night, Seed Spot held an open house to show off their new office space on the southwest corner of Thomas Rd. and Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix. With 14,000 total square feet of developed space, Seed Spot takes up the entire 7th floor of the recently renovated building and is prepared for growth. Co-founders … Read more

Startup TheraSpecs Lens Help Prevent Migraines & Eyestrain

TheraSpecs are precision tinted glasses that filter certain wavelengths of light that often cause headaches, migraines, eyestrain, photophobia, epilepsy, and many other health problems. Founder Hart Shafer explains that TheraSpecs “was born out of a personal need.” His wife, Kerrie, suffers from chronic migraines and headaches. “We were unsatisfied by both the difficulty of acquiring … Read more

"Needless to Say, I Was Pissed…" How Brett Turned Frustration Into a Startup–brettapproved

Founder Brett Heising developed the first travel booking site and review platform for individuals with permanent disabilities and mobility impairment. Heising, who lives with a permanent disability,  explains that brettapproved came out of a “final straw” scenario. While finalizing his plans to San Francisco, he had double and triple checked a hotel to make sure … Read more

SeedSpot Demo Day is @BrettApproved

On Friday, May 17, 2013, sixteen ventures delivered their pitch deck to over 600 people, including angel investors and entrepreneurs, at the SeedSpot Demo Day to attract everything from CEOs to developers to, of course, funding. As part of the event, an audience-vote determined which venture received a piece of the $7,600 purse. Other sponsored … 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