3 10, 2019

U Arizona Venture Capital Fund Invests in New High Power Laser Technologies

By |2019-10-03T09:52:46+00:00October 3rd, 2019|Arizona, Venture Fund|0 Comments

UAVenture Capital Fund (UAVC), a Tucson-based venture capital fund dedicated to the commercialization of University of Arizona discoveries, products, technologies and services, today announced its tenth, eleventh and twelfth investments. The Fund has invested in DeUVe Photonics, Inc. whose deep-ultra-violet short-wave-length technology will address an unmet need in the 230-400 nanometer wavelength range with unmatched performance in power, [...]

1 08, 2019

UA Fueling Rapid Tucson Tech Growth

By |2019-08-01T10:15:10+00:00August 1st, 2019|Arizona|0 Comments

Tucson tech and talent have hit the map, as low unemployment and high demand for talent have tech companies turning to smaller communities to fill their pipelines, according to a new report that says Tucson is the leading emerging market in the United States. In its 2019 Scoring Tech Talent report, global commercial real estate services [...]

17 04, 2019

ASU launches new accelerator 

By |2019-04-17T17:06:05+00:00April 17th, 2019|Accelerator/incubator, Arizona, Gap support programs|0 Comments

Arizona State University and SparkLabs Group, a network of accelerators and venture capital funds, has launched a new startup accelerator program for students and alumni. SparkLabs Frontier-ASU will provide training, mentors and investment funding for participants in the university's schools and programs, including the engineering, business and global management schools. “SparkLabs Frontier-ASU's mission is to identify, [...]

28 01, 2019

UA-focused venture capital fund raising another $100M

By |2019-01-28T09:54:19+00:00January 28th, 2019|Arizona, Venture Capital|0 Comments

The founders of a venture capital fund formed to invest in companies spawned from the University of Arizona have launched a second fund with a goal of raising $100 million. Founded in 2017 by local businessman Fletcher McCusker, UAVenture Capital raised $20 million for its first fund and invested in six startup companies based on [...]

28 01, 2019

ASU startup wins Arizona Innovation Challenge 

By |2019-01-28T09:52:56+00:00January 28th, 2019|Arizona, Competition|0 Comments

Breezing, a spinout company that was the result of discoveries made at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, was recently named an Arizona Innovation Challenge winner by the Arizona Commerce Authority. The startup, founded by NJ Tao, director of the Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors, and Erica Forzani, a researcher in the center and an associate [...]

20 12, 2018

Five student ventures progress to compete for $100,000 prize in 2019 ASU Innovation Open | ASU Now: Access, Excellence, Impact

By |2018-12-20T09:58:21+00:00December 20th, 2018|Arizona, Competition, Student Funds|0 Comments

Last Friday, five student-led teams each won $5,000 and moved one step closer to potentially earning the $100,000 grand prize to fund their startups in the ASU Innovation Open pitch competition. Excitement and expectation reverberated throughout the presentation room at ASU’s SkySong campus as the early-stage entrepreneurs representing the top 15 ventures presented five-minute pitches [...]

14 11, 2018

U Arizona-focused venture fund invests in alum’s job-matching company 

By |2018-11-14T08:50:05+00:00November 14th, 2018|Arizona, New Investments/Awards, Venture Capital|0 Comments

A venture-capital fund focused on University of Arizona spinoffs has announced its fourth investment since its founding last year, backing a Phoenix-based startup with an online platform to help hotels and restaurants quickly find temporary workers. UA Venture Capital Fund LLC participated in funding a seed round of growth capital for Qwick Inc., which was [...]

25 06, 2018

U Arizona-focused venture fund makes its first investments

By |2018-06-25T07:55:31+00:00June 25th, 2018|Arizona|0 Comments

A new, early stage venture capital firm aimed at supporting University of Arizona technology spinoffs has made its first three investments. UA Venture Capital Fund LLC, founded earlier this year by Tucson businessmen Fletcher McCusker and Michael Deitch, made investments in startups Codelucida, which has developed error-correction technology for data storage drives; Regulonix, which is [...]

19 06, 2018

Startup Licenses U Arizona-Invented Disruptive Biopsy Device 

By |2018-06-19T08:48:59+00:00June 19th, 2018|Arizona, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|0 Comments

The University of Arizona has licensed the design for a next-generation needle biopsy instrument that utilizes electrosurgery and electrocautery to safely increase tissue sample volumes in minimally invasive biopsy procedures. The licensee is a startup company, Data Driven Diagnostics Sciences Inc., also known as D3Sciences, or D3S. The inventing team includes Dr. Michael Larson, resident physician [...]

10 05, 2018

University of Arizona McGuire New Venture program reaches across UA campus

By |2018-05-10T15:29:51+00:00May 10th, 2018|Arizona, Venture Capital|0 Comments

The New Venture Development Program at the University of Arizona’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is mainly an academic exercise designed to give students the experience of moving an idea to a launch-ready venture. But real products and companies have emerged from the program, and they increasingly involve UA technologies as McGuire reaches out across campus. [...]