AZ Tech Council wins first in public policy advocacy at 2021 TECNA Innovation Awards

Public Policy Advocacy

The Arizona Technology Council was named the winner of the Public Policy Advocacy category and a finalist in the Creative Marketing and Communications category at the 2021 Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) Innovation Awards. TECNA represents about 60 technology associations across the U.S. and Canada. It hosts the awards each year to recognize and … Read more

Mesa blockchain startup raises $1.4 million, merges with other blockchain company

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IPAssets Technology, a Mesa-based blockchain integration specialist, announced a $1.4 million funding round that included a merger with Mango Farm Assets. The proceeds from this funding will be used to accelerate the company’s branded platforms, which include MangoFarmAssets.com, RavencoinIPFS.com and TheAssetMarketplace.com, and Ice Wallet, IPAssets’ flagship cold storage wallet that is coming later this year. … Read more

KORE Power to build $500 million manufacturing facility in Buckeye

In May, KORE Power had three possible suitors for a manufacturing facility for its lithium-ion battery cells: Arizona, Florida and Texas. Today, the company made its final decision. “At the end of the day, we selected Arizona,” KORE Power CEO Lindsay Gorrill said.  The facility will be built in Buckeye, near MC 85 and Interstate … Read more

UArizona sees increase in innovation, including new tool to understand the brain

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Even amidst the chaos and slowdowns of the pandemic, the University of Arizona saw an increase in innovation. Here’s a recent example: engineering researchers at UArizona are creating new tools for optogenetics, which shines light at specific neurons in the brain to excite or suppress activity. Optogenetics experiments help to understand how the brain works, … Read more

Thinkzilla Founder Velma Trayham is new to Phoenix and wants to help companies diversify workplaces, not portfolios

Thinkzilla

“What the hell am I going to do there?” That’s what Thinkzilla CEO Velma Trayham said to herself when she started thinking about moving to Phoenix. Trayham had heard from a friend that the Phoenix startup ecosystem was really starting to emphasize the importance of diversity in business. And, well, diversity and inclusion is Trayham’s … 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

So you want more diversity in your startup. Here’s how you can get it

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Conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion are happening everywhere — on social media, in our communities and in our businesses. These are important discussions to have, especially in Arizona, where there’s a clear lack of diversity in the tech ecosystem here. Thankfully, companies and people around the Valley are working to prioritize diversity, equity and … Read more

Looking for a job in tech? Here’s a list of tech startups hiring this year

You no longer need to move to Silicon Valley to have a successful career in tech. Arizona’s tech ecosystem is growing fast. Arizona tech startups are announcing raises, major semiconductor and EV companies are expanding here and local capital is increasing. Arizona’s tech sector even continued its rapid growth during the pandemic, ranking eighth in … Read more

It’s SHARK WEEK: Watch for UArizona professor’s invention to be underwater with the hammerheads

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Does any entrepreneur ever expect their invention to be … shark bait? Probably not … unless the whole purpose of it is to get up close and personal with sharks in their natural habitat. On Sunday, a University of Arizona professor will be watching his Ocean Space Habitat underwater with some hammerheads on “The Great … Read more

ASU biomechanics professor addressing fall prevention through new partnership

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Thurmon Lockhart, a biomechanics professor at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, hopes to predict and prevent dangerous falls, especially in older populations or those recovering from orthopedic surgeries. Lockhart was recently named the first Musculoskeletal Orthopedic Research and Education, or MORE, Foundation Professor of Life in Motion, which will help him … Read more