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. [...]

17 04, 2018

ASU announces new network to connect startups with potential investors 

By |2018-04-17T13:35:46+00:00April 17th, 2018|Arizona, Gap support programs|0 Comments

President Michael Crow unveiled a new plan to connect entrepreneurs at ASU with investment funding through the Thunderbird School of Global Management. This system, which is expected to get off the ground in the fall of this year, will be called the ASU Thunderbird Investor Network and is an extension of a previous Thunderbird network that was [...]

5 03, 2018

ASU gets hands-on with student startups, and the community’s economy benefits 

By |2018-03-05T14:16:13+00:00March 5th, 2018|Arizona, Student Funds|0 Comments

Arizona State University welcomes the entrepreneurial and innovative spirits of the world, while simultaneously offering them the perfect location for the development and sustained growth of their wildest ambitions. The impact and reach of this support, however, seems to be unknown to both the local and national community. Chris Samuels, director of communications for the Tempe [...]

18 12, 2017

Tech Launch Arizona Reports More Companies Licensing UA Inventions

By |2017-12-18T16:52:03+00:00December 18th, 2017|Arizona|0 Comments

In the past four years, Tech Launch Arizona has worked with 55 companies to license University of Arizona knowledge, inventions and technology. Of those companies 53 are still licensed with intellectual property from the University's research. SinfoníaRx is a healthcare company established in 2006 by the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Joann MacMaster, director [...]