Packed hopes to make it easier to pay your restaurant check with new app

Packed wants to make it quicker and easier than ever before to close your tab or pay your check. Founder and CEO Dylan Munn enthusiastically describes his company’s mission to “elevate the dining experience.” He says research has shown that paying the bill has the potential to sour even the best meals. So, instead of … Read more

Schola raises $2.5 million to help get children in the best schools

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Schola did $125,000 revenue in 2020. The amount has been updated. Schola founder and CEO Jaime Martinez says it took a couple years’ worth of conversations to raise $2.5 million for the company’s second round of seed money. And yet Martinez says it was much easier … Read more

Qwick makes a comeback after taking huge losses during the pandemic

When your whole business model relies entirely on one of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic, you’re in for uphill battle.  Tech startup Qwick is an on-demand staffing service for the food and beverage industry, an industry that nearly disappeared for the first months of the pandemic. Qwick nearly died, too, but it’s slowly … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 2: Todd Belfer, Managing Partner, Canal Partners

Todd Belfer is no stranger to risk. In fact, he thrives on it. On Episode 2 of AZ Tech Podcast, Hamid Shojaee and Belfer discuss investing strategies, the stock market and Bitcoin. Belfer also opens up about the wins (and losses) he’s seen in his long investing career. Don’t forget to subscribe to the video … Read more

Simply Noted launches new website and product upgrades

Sending handwritten notes is a thing of the past, right? Tempe-based Simply Noted says no. Even in this age of email and instant messaging, a handwritten note goes a long way.  Simply Noted sends automated handwritten notes to customers, clients or employees on behalf of businesses to improve communication and build relationships.  Founder and CEO … Read more

AerialSphere provides bird’s-eye view of Waste Management Open

Phoenix-based AerialSphere used its XP360 to provide data to Waste Management Open planners that helped them develop the Scottsdale tournament site.  AerialSphere designed the XP360 “to change the way people deliver and interact with maps,” according to the company’s website. The XP360 combines 360-degree aerial imagery with location data to give a detailed, bird’s-eye view … Read more

Gregslist now shows 600+ AZ software companies

Greg Head is a major champion of Arizona’s growing tech community. One of his main goals has been to help build relationships and make connections. Head has been keeping a public list of software companies in Arizona, and that list is now a thriving network of people. Today, Gregslist.com (a play on Craig’s List, get … Read more

Founders of Axosoft plan $10 Million investment in Arizona startups

Axosoft founders Hamid & Lawdan Shojaee have announced plans to make a $10 million investment in Arizona startups, especially in their early stages of development. Hamid has also announced a revamp of the AZ TechBeat website and the launch of his new podcast, AZ Tech Podcast. AZ Tech Beat is committed to being a trustworthy … Read more

CO+HOOTS’s HUUB wins $10,000 in national innovation competition

HUUB, a software platform developed by CO+HOOTS, won a $10,000 grant as part of a competition initiated by a collaboration between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-market subcommittee. The Lab-to-Market (L2M) Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition awarded $330,000 in prizes to companies across the country. More than 160 … Read more

7 Startups to compete at AZ Technology Council Startup Connect

Startups ranging from jumping the line at your favorite nightclub to finding the closest farmers market will compete this week at the annual Arizona Technology Council StartupConnect AZ for a cash prize and receive some good 1:1 time with CEOs, investors and influencers. This year, content for the event includes advice and tips from 50 … Read more

Link2Golf lets golfers book tee times with buddies through their smartphone

Between emails, text, phone calls and social media, coordinating friends and tee times for a round of golf can be cumbersome. Phoenix-based startup Link2Golf (L2G) is making it easier to connect with friends, search courses, book tee times and pay for your next of round of golf all through your smartphone. CEO and co-founder Kevin Curry, … Read more

Tips to hiring SaaS firms with local and offshore talent – Fred von Graf, Web3Mavens

Staying lean is a priority for startups and cutting costs while maintaining quality is key-especially during the development phase. With the challenge of finding low-cost, quality engineers, startups might turn to SaaS firms that use a blend of local and offshore talent to build out their product or website. Fred von Graf, founder and managing partner … Read more

UA student entrepreneurs rise to the Innovative Minds Challenge

The University of Arizona (UA) in partnership with student-led entrepreneurial organization InnovateUA and Perkins Coie LLP have announced the winners of the 2015 Perkins Coie Innovative Minds Challenge. The Challenge was created to connect UA students with business savvy mentors and help fund innovation. During the Challenge, UA student teams presented their innovative ideas to solve … Read more

The Startup Journal – Building an Audience

For our fourth entry of the AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal, we spoke to Stephen Campbell and Dan Roberts, the co-founders of Tip.ly, a payment application that allows you to pay anyone, anywhere, without the exchange of personal information. The two founders touched on customer acquisition as well as challenges faced for startups in their early phases. … Read more

Shop with your voice, gamers and one second videos- Tallwave announce 5 startups for High Tide

Co-written with Jesse Millard And you thought six second Vines or Snapchat was all you needed to tell your story, how about one second clips? Elly, a social-based network, allows users to record one second clips, add music and hashtags, then stitch it all together for a longer compilation. This startup is just one of … Read more

The Startup Journal – Testing the Idea

AZ Tech Beat has a new web-series offering business advice and work experiences, from the startup world to the startup world. The AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal features a variety of founders who are in different stages in their startup. Each episode is a two to three minute video that highlights the “Dos,” “Donts,” and … Read more

Brackets, startups and a champion – Venture Madness 2015 wrap up- video

In a room filled with investors, startups, educators and more, two software founders stood center stage under the spotlight and pitched their company for a chance to win $30,000 and become the 2015 Venture Madness champion. CampusLogic, a software company aiming to reduce the arduous process of applying for college financial aid, and EndoVantage, a med tech … Read more

Applications open for Spring 2015 Innovation Challenge

Arizona Commerce Authority announces the opening of the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). Applications are available for download right now and the submission window is scheduled to close on March 27th, at 3:00 PM Arizona Time. The AIC has one of the highest award amounts in the country for a business plan competition, and … Read more

Edible Optics and The Apollo Team win UofA's first Startup Weekend

Student-led organization InnovateUA hosted the inaugural UofA Startup Weekend in Tucson, AZ this past weekend where faculty and students were treated to 54 hours full of networking, pitching and innovation. Individuals from across the campus came together to share ideas, form teams and build their startups. Two winners were named in two separate categories: the “new idea” category … Read more