Phantom Space continues to expand with acquisition of Florida-based microsatellite tech firm

Phantom Space Corp., a space transportation technology manufacturing and development  company based in Tucson, has acquired Micro Aerospace Solutions (MAS), a microsatellite tech firm. MAS, which provides space communications systems, space propulsion systems and electrical hardware design for spacecraft and rockets, could further help Phantom Space become what it refers to as “the Henry Ford … Read more

Tucson-based Sion Power to release high-power rechargeable lithium-metal battery for electric vehicles

Sion Power, a manufacturer of high-energy, lithium-metal rechargeable batteries, is introducing its Licerion rechargeable electric vehicle battery capable of storing 400 wh/kg, a number that Tesla and other battery companies haven’t yet reached.  The Tucson-based company will unveil its 17 Ah Licerion EV cell at The Battery Show North America in Novi, Michigan in September. … Read more

University of Arizona to launch HealthTech Connect to advance health technology

University of Arizona Health Sciences has announced it will launch HealthTech Connect, a consortium designed to build opportunities for companies and organizations to pursue cutting-edge innovations in health technology.  With this new event, the group hopes to support and encourage startup, corporate, higher education, health care, funding and economic development communities in improving healthtech.  According … Read more

WebPT co-founder launches scholarship for future BIPOC physical therapists

Rizing Tide Foundation, launched in 2020 by WebPT co-founder Dr. Heidi Jannenga, has announced it will grant five scholarships to aspiring physical therapists in underrepresented communities.  Each of these scholarships will fall under one of two categories of physical therapy (PT) students. The Crest Scholarship will be awarded to three PT undergraduate students who are … Read more

Arizona named #2 for Best Business Climate of large cities and in top 10 of several other categories

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There’s been a lot of bad news this week, both nationally and internationally. Let’s start the week on a positive note: Arizona has landed in the top ten in several categories on the Business Facilities 2021 state rankings report, including #2 for Best Business Climate of large cities. Business Facilities is a media brand that … Read more

Facebook announces $800M solar-powered data center in Mesa

Facebook announced today it will build a $800 million solar-powered data center on the old GM proving grounds in Mesa.  According to Facebook, the data center will be powered completely by solar power. It will also add 450 megawatts per year to the city’s solar grid.  The massive data center will bring around 100 high-paying … Read more

Wireless charging startup Aira closes $12M seed round, mostly from local investors

Aira, a tech startup based in Chandler, has announced a $12 million Series Seed funding round that will help the company continue to pursue its mission to revolutionize wireless charging. The first investor for this round was Motherson Innovations Company Limited, the emerging technologies arm of the Motherson Group, a Tier 1 global automotive supplier … Read more

Mesa a “natural choice” for US headquarters of Canadian-based Exro Technologies

Exro Technologies, a power technology firm based out of Calgary, Alberta, has announced it will establish its U.S. headquarters in Mesa — evidence of the company’s momentum and growth.  Canadian-based Exro is a leading clean technology company that has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and batteries. Its Coil Driver technology … 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

Tucson-based Simply Noted celebrates sending its one millionth handwritten note

Simply Noted, an automated handwritten note company based in Tucson, just produced its one millionth note after just two and a half years in business.  Rick Elmore, the company’s founder, sent that note to his former marketing professor Tirthankar Roy, who teaches in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Elmore credits Roy … Read more