UArizona joins Colorado startup showcase, disruptive companies should apply

The University of Arizona has been invited to participate in Destination Startup, an annual startup showcase held in Colorado designed to highlight some of the best companies in the Intermountain West.  The showcase brings together several of the leading research universities and federal laboratories across the Intermountain West region. Standout startups from these institutions will … Read more

Botco.ai launches AI chat and live agent support solution BotcoLive with major urgent care franchise

Botco STChealth

Botco.ai, a HIPAA-compliant conversational marketing platform, has announced the launch of a new AI chat feature designed to transfer automated chat conversations to live agents.  The feature is BotcoLive, and it works with the company’s AI chat technology to streamline the marketing engagement process.  Scottsdale-based Botco.ai has also announced that American Family Care (AFC), a … Read more

Three Scottsdale entrepreneurs named 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year

Top Workplaces

Three Scottsdale founders have been named by Ernst & Young (EY US) as winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Mountain Desert Region Award. Chris Ronzio, founder and CEO of Trainual, and Andrew Leto & Michael Leto, Emerge founder and CEO (respectively), were the only Arizona founders on the list of winners. The rest … Read more

Scottsdale-based Limelight Networks acquires Layer0

Limelight Networks

Scottsdale startup Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW), a provider of edge cloud services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Moov Corporation, which does business as Moovweb or Layer0.  The definitive agreement said Limelight will acquire Layer0 for about $32.5 million in cash and $22.5 million worth of common stock. Still, the deal is subject … Read more

Arizona Commerce Authority now accepting applications for Arizona Innovation Challenge

Arizona Innovation Challenge

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced today that they are accepting applications for the 10th annual Arizona Innovation Challenge, the largest business plan competition in the country, starting Monday, July 26.  The Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) advances innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in the state by helping early-stage ventures to scale. The ACA has picked … Read more

Arizona’s Parchment acquires Ireland-based Digitary as part of a global expansion strategy

Parchment, a Scottsdale-based digital credential service, has announced its acquisition of Digitary, also a digital credential service, which is used in hundreds of higher education institutions around the world.  Parchment and Digitary are both edtech companies designed to allow students, academic institutions and employers to request, verify and share credentials, like academic transcripts, safely and … Read more

Phoenix-based incubator accepting applications for impact accelerator program

incubator

Phoenix startup incubator Seed Spot is accepting 15 companies looking to scale in this year’s Impact Accelerator program. This year, the program will be completely virtual and open to entrepreneurs from around the world.  The six-week program offers a curriculum that focuses on topics including pitching, financial projections, customer acquisition and team development. Seed Spot … Read more

Arizona startup funding: Hammoq raises $3M, Better Agency raises $2.1M

startup funding

Arizona startup funding continues to increase, allowing businesses to grow. Phoenix-based Hammoq and Mesa-based Better Agency recently announced seed round raises. Hammoq raises $3 million Hammoq announced a $3 million seed round late last month. The startup known as “the Shopify for e-commerce businesses” uses its platform to automate time-consuming tasks, including auto-listing products, cross-listing … Read more

Startup Connection event to explore using technology to build community

Startup Connection

Chandler Innovations, a business incubation and entrepreneurial development program, is holding its annual Startup Connection event on September 17 and 18. The event starts with a reception on Friday night that will be complete with food, drinks and recognition of Chandler Innovations Incubator’s fastest growing companies. The networking opportunity will be at the Crowne Plaza … Read more

Arizona broker buys CRE technology, plans to move business to Scottsdale

Arizona broker

The technology behind CRE Simple, a real estate technology startup from Oakland, was purchased by an Arizona real estate broker. Craig Coppola, a founding principal at Lee & Associates Arizona, a commercial real estate brokerage, and his newly-formed Habanero CRE Simple LLC purchased the proprietary source code for CRE Simple’s platform earlier this month. CRE … Read more