World View builds new pad at Spaceport Tucson

Mainstream spaceflight is becoming a reality in Arizona as World View, the commercial balloon spaceflight company,  announces plans to build their global headquarters in Tucson. In collaboration with Sun Corridor Inc., the City of Tucson, Pima County and the State of Arizona, World View will be the anchor tenant in the County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business … Read more

Google's Project Sunroof launches in Arizona

The Phoenix Metropolitan area averages 211 clear days and 85 partly cloudy days each year according to azcentral.com, making our sunny state a perfect candidate for Google’s Project Sunroof.   Project Sunroof is a solar power initiative and an online source for households interested in utilizing solar energy to power their homes and cut electricity … Read more

Tucson's AudioEye names new CEO

Tucson technology startup AudioEye today announced the appointment of Todd Bankofier as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Carr Bettis will remain as Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Todd is a strong principled leader who cares deeply about making the web and digital content fully accessible, not only for the 5% -10% of the population … Read more

SynCardia's heart beats for Wall Street, filed for IPO – updated

Tucson-based SynCardia Systems, a total artificial heart development, manufacturing and commercializing company, filed for IPO under the proposed symbol TAHT (total artificial heart temporary) and looking to raise $34.5 million according to NASDAQ. The company plans to issue 2.5 million shares with an over allotment option of $375,000 at $10-12 per share. The lead underwriter is Roth Capital … Read more

Coffee, collaboration and co-working – AZ Co-working Guide

Co-written with Carlene Reyes A 9-5 workday just isn’t what it used to be—especially for entrepreneurs and small businesses when it comes to getting work done. The day-to-day needs and lifestyle for this demographic are a little different from the average office worker, so why should they expect to work in the same ho-hum environment? … Read more

UA startup Codelucida receives $750K grant

Codelucida, a startup company born at the University of Arizona and University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, has been awarded a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase-2 grant from the National Science Foundation.  The Company previously completed a $150,000, six-month Phase-1 grant that made it eligible to apply for the competitive Phase-2 grant. The two-year grant is non-dilutive … Read more

Tucson Startup Weekend starts September 11

Fifty four hours of ideas, teamwork, and startup knowledge is what you can expect from a Startup Tucson Startup Weekend. This weekend-long event is meant to help people turn ideas a viable business. “This is a global event that happens all over the world and this is the 5th annual startup weekend here in Tucson,” … Read more

Aztera Holdings acquires Tucson's Brock Technologies

Aztera Holdings, LLC acquires Tucson, Arizona based Brock Technologies, Inc., an innovative unmanned systems design and manufacturing company. Keith and Jessica Brock, aerospace engineers and graduates of the University of Arizona, founded Brock Technologies in 2006. The owners of both companies approved the acquisition and the new company, BrockTek, LLC, was established in July. Manny … Read more

12 companies join Startup Tucson Accelerator program

Startup Tucson announced 12 new Tucson companies joining the Small Business Association (SBA) funded Accelerator Program. The second group of Thryve Next growth accelerator program startups will begin their 8-week intensive training Monday. “We’re working with them to revisit the underlying fundamentals of their business models,” Startup Tucson CEO Justin Williams said. “We are looking … Read more

AZCI announces 7 new startups

The Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI) announced seven new technology startups joining the innovation center. “AzCI programs and facilities have created a dynamic environment that inspires, encourages, and empowers new entrepreneurs, leading to new business growth here in Tucson,” Tech Launch Arizona Vice President David Allen, Ph.D. said. AzCI has a program called Mentored Launch, … Read more

UA Increasing Tech Commercialization

Since 2013, the University of Arizona has increased its commercialized tech derived from UA research through Tech Launch Arizona (TLA). Over the past year, TLA has issued 35 patents, formed 12 startup licensee companies, and disclosed 213 inventions, up from their numbers during the previous year. Tech Launch Arizona was created by the University of Arizona … Read more

Startup Tucson debuts F***Up Nights

Let’s be honest, everyone effs up, even successful entrepreneurs. “F***up Nights” was created for that reason — giving entrepreneurs a chance to share their mistakes with other entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders. Now, “F***up Nights” is making its debut in Tucson with the help of Startup Tucson. “This is maybe the first in Arizona, its … Read more

Innovate UA announces 1st cohort of startups in Innovative Minds Challenge

Innovate UA, in partnership with the Arizona Center for Innovation and Perkins Coie law firm, announces the first cohort in the accelerator program Innovative Minds Challenge at the University of Arizona (UA). UA is a prominent leader in generating entrepreneurs that partake in many initiatives to provide the world with a variety of solutions to … Read more

Study shows UA Tech Park has $2B dollar impact on Pima County

Back in October, Tech Parks Arizona celebrated their 20th anniversary and ensured their commitment to another 20 years to furthering innovation and being a central technology hub in southern Arizona. And now, just a mere five months later, Tech Parks Arizona announces another milestone they can put in the books. Tech Parks Arizona has released … Read more

Arizona SciTech Festival isn’t just for kids

If you were that kid that enjoyed creating tornadoes in a bottle, making Epsom salt crystal spikes or exploding soda with a mentos, you don’t have to stop playing with science because you grew up. Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide event, offers over 800 events including workshops, Minecraft events and much more all geared towards … Read more

Thryve Next accelerator selects startups with lasers, x-ray cameras and optical fibers

Startup Tucson selected twelve lucky organizations to be the first inductees in their Thryve Next growth accelerator to be trained and mentored. Thryve programs provide entrepreneurs the tools to take their innovations to the next level and are based on a curriculum derived from courses at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona. … 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

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

Tech Parks Arizona celebrates 20 years and plans for 20 more

When people pictured the Sonoran Desert 20 years ago, they may have thought of a wasteland filled with tumbleweeds, coyotes and other critters. While the natural landscape may not have changed since then, the technological environment in southern Arizona certainly has evolved. Recently, Tech Parks Arizona celebrated its 20th anniversary in Tucson, Arizona. Since its … 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