Tucson startup based on UA anti-fraud tech wins $35M in VC funding

Astartup founded to commercialize online fraud-fighting technology developed at the University of Arizona raised $35 million in its second round of venture-capital funding. The investment in Tucson-based Neuro-ID was led by Canapi Ventures, a Washington, D.C., investment firm specializing in financial-tech companies, with previous investors Fin VC and TTV Capital also participating. Neuro-ID was founded […]

Arizona State University: Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator Boosts Health Startups

Alliance for Health Care, was designed to help empower medical startups to better navigate challenges while bringing forth life-changing health innovations. The second cohort of this program is set to launch March 30, 2021. The accelerator provides emerging companies with a multi-day immersive curriculum in health care entrepreneurship including: lectures and workshops with world-class scientific […]

Startups Prove Ecosystem Power at IdeaFunding 2021 | Tech Launch Arizona

Of the four companies who made it to the finals of IdeaFunding 2021, Tucson’s premier pitch competition put on by Startup Tucson, three are startups that were founded to commercialize inventions developed at the University of Arizona – a visible and measurable indication that the UArizona entrepreneurial ecosystem is successfully connecting research, innovation and impact to launch the university’s […]

U of A introduces three pilot startup entrepreneur companies

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation developed a new pilot program that is now allowing three entrepreneur teams to launch their companies into the market. The three companies are Metfora, Obanj and Dive. The three completed the university’s 8-week Arizona FORGE Advanced Entrepreneur Program (AEP), which provides early-stage entrepreneurs with education on general startup concepts and […]

Innovation alliance will focus on student success at Arizona universities

Arizona’s four-year public universities can be likened to cousins. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, knows the dynamic well. “Family arguments are probably the most intense arguments I’m ever in,” he said. “That’s like universities in the same state — they’re competing for students, they’re competing for status, they’re competing for resources.” Crow is set […]

Tucson Tech: UA-invented device delivers COVID-19 results in minutes 

As soon as this fall, patients could be quickly and cheaply tested for the virus that causes COVID-19 with a device invented by University of Arizona optical scientists. The portable pathogen detection system, developed by Botanisol Analytics, uses a laser with sensors that can instantly analyze the chemical makeup of a virus test sample. Botanisol’s device, […]

Preparing a Path to Lead, Student Explores Venture Development | Tech Launch Arizona

Ryan Ott joined Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) earlier this year as a Student Entrepreneurial Fellow alongside three other students in a program designed to leverage their unique talents while giving each the invaluable opportunity to learn from TLA’s accomplished team members. These students have shown a deep commitment to advancing their education and professional skillset, […]

Tucson Tech: UA-focused venture fund invests in aircraft missile-defense startup

University of Arizona-focused venture capital fund has invested in an optics startup developing laser-based countermeasures to protect military and civilian aircraft from missiles. UAVenture Capital’s undisclosed investment in CMLaser Technologies Inc. is the fund’s 15th portfolio investment in just over two years. Based on an invention of longtime UA optics professor Nasser Peyghambarian and patented […]

ASU Innovation Open winners are tackling large-scale industrial problems 

Two teams of entrepreneurs, one that tackled a critical recycling problem and one that’s trying to disrupt the oil and gas industry, each won $100,000 on Friday. The two ventures were the top winners in the fourth ASU Innovation Open pitch competition at Arizona State University. This year’s event gave away $300,000 in funding, the most […]

ASU Develops a New Generation of Healthcare Innovators

Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft were launched by college-age students. To stimulate a similar dynamic for the healthcare industry, Arizona State University is creating a breeding ground to foment a new generation of innovators. The Tempe, Arizona-based university, which has been ranked the last five years by U.S. News and World Report as the nation’s most innovative university, offers a bachelor’s degree […]