UofA to host Startup Weekend – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

InnovateUA a new program at the University of Arizona that promotes a student-led culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across the entire campus, will be hosting their inaugural Startup Weekend January 30th – February 1st. The 54-hour event in which students and professionals from the community representing all disciplines will come together to share ideas, form teams, build … Read more

Top 10 finalists named in ACA Innovation Challenge

It’s come down to ten companies all vying for a chance to win up to $250,000 in the Fall 2014 Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge. The Challenge is a bi-annual competition where startups and early-stage companies compete for capital to grow their business and advance innovation and technology opportunities in Arizona. READ: Who won the … Read more

2014 in Review: AZ Tech Beat’s Top Stories

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2014, so take some time to look back on all the awesome things that happened this year. As a tribute to the year, we’ve collected some of AZTechBeat.com’s most popular and exciting stories. Enjoy! News GOOGLE FIBER is coming to the Valley– Quite possibly the biggest announcement of the … Read more

Mark Rowland shares secret to Vegas' transformation at StartupConnect AZ

A startup ecosystem is like the human body- made up of many equally important parts that all contribute to overall health. That was the message that Mark Rowland, founder of Las Vegas tech organization ROCeteer, delivered during his keynote address at the Arizona Tech Council’s 2014 StartupConnect AZ event. ROCeteer works to coach, mentor and … Read more

Topping the charts again- ASU’s tech transfer arm ranked highly for third year

Laying a foundation for startup success is one of the main missions of Arizona State University’s technology transfer arm, Arizona Technology Enterprises. They’ve propelled several startups into the future, such as 4Blox, SynSonix and PetroAlgae, and now they’re being recognized for their work. AzTE was ranked highly by the Association of University Technology Managers for the … 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

$50K on the line, Venture Madness now open for applications

As the University of Arizona and Arizona State University prepare for this weekend’s territorial match, startups across the southwest are gearing up for their own battle with $50,000 on the line. [youtube]http://youtu.be/XjdVM26O_PQ[/youtube] Presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Venture Madness is a competition that pits 64 startups in a head-to-head bracket … Read more

Tallwave Capital raises $13.51M to commercialize new ventures

Tallwave Capital, a commercializer, announced today the closing of a $13.5M Tallwave Commercialization Fund I. This seed fund is focused exclusively on investing in startups in SaaS, mobile, digital media, ad tech and eCommerce. Investments can range from $125K to $400K in early-stage differentiated consumer and enterprise focused businesses in most industry vertical markets. “This is … Read more

TiE Arizona turns up the heat, narrows down startups in Rapid Fire Pitch

TiE Arizona’s 2014 Rapid Fire Pitch competition is about to heat up! The group just announced the 15 startups that will be presenting at its Oct. 21st event. Here’s a look at the select few who were able to make it through the first round of elimination. Allbound: A mobile SaaS application that enables groups … Read more

What you need to know about the Tucson tech community

Phoenix’s sister city to the south, Tucson, has blossomed into its own thriving technology ecosystem. Tucson is home to the Tucson Tech Corridor (TTC) and also several big technology companies that employ thousands of Tucson residents such as Raytheon and IBM. Here’s a run-down of what you need to know about the Tucson tech community. Startup … Read more

Startup Tucson awarded $1.44M to launch Thryve Next accelerator

Startup Tucson was awarded a $1.44 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program to launch their Thryve NEXT accelerator for second stage companies. Startup Tucson was one of only seven successful applicants nationwide out of over 60 proposals and was the only applicant west of the Mississippi River to receive ScaleUp … Read more

Shark Tank Mark Cuban gives advice to scrappy startups – Tech Crunch Disrupt

There is no sport as competitive as business said Mark Cuban, Shark Tank investor and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. At TechCrunch Disrupt 2014, Cuban shared some words of wisdom on getting funded (even by him) and building a company. Stay competitive Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or newbie to the startup world, you’ve got … Read more

Phoenix Mayor pulls up a chair and CO+HOOTS with the community

Ever co-worked with your Mayor? Today City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton along with Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Valley entrepreneurs pulled up a chair for CO+HOOTS 4th birthday and co-worked with the community. This well-known co-working space located in downtown Phoenix on 11th and Washington, celebrated their day at the Clarendon Hotel with an … Read more

Code for America hosting Open Data Roadshow Sept. 4th

Could the government benefit from enabling open data? Next month, this will be the hot topic at Code for America’s Open Data Roadshow. Local government officials, city managers, technologists, area experts and open data evangelists will have a chance to put their noggins to work to help their community and brainstorm ideas about open data.  Code for America … 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

Startups, STEM and Hackschooling kick off Innovation AZ Summit 2014

Startups, STEM and SCITECH, oh my! It’s time again for entrepreneurs and educators from across the state to come together for the annual Arizona Innovation Summit on August 14, with the theme “From Inspiration to Commercialization”- this time at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. If you are a startup and haven’t been to this event, … Read more

CareerBuilder lists Phoenix as top 10 cities for job growth and exceeds nat. average

It’s no surprise that Phoenix is on an upswing with job growth, more out-of-state companies are expanding here and startups are percolating from the local universities and incubators. In a research report released today by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) it revealed that Phoenix was among the “Top 10 cities with the highest … Read more

Boost your writer rep with startup ClearVoice content ranking platform

Today, iAcquire co-founders Joe Griffin and Jay Swansson launched a new venture called ClearVoice, a content marketing platform that helps connect brands, publishers and writers via an authorship scoring system. ClearVoice provides an index of popular web content producers with an objective measurement of their influence by way of a numerical score. Essentially, it’s like … Read more

New co-working space The Office Pile caters to Hispanic/Latino startups

Co-working spaces have been popping up all over Arizona to accommodate our growing number of entrepreneurs and small businesses. A recently opened co-working space, The Office Pile (TOP), particularly caters to the Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurial community and offers a unique twist of artistry. For TOP founder and CEO Francisco Aguirre, this workspace doubles as an art … Read more