Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge
PHOENIX, AZ (October 19, 2015) — The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.
The ACA provides $3 million in grants – $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall – to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies. Recipients receive up to $250,000 each in capital to grow their businesses, advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.
“The ACA is committed to helping entrepreneurs grow their startups through valuable programs such as the Arizona Innovation Challenge,” said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO. “The success of early-stage ventures in high-growth industries leads to the creation of quality jobs and supports Arizona’s economic competitiveness.”
The 25 Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge Semifinalists are as follows:
|Allbound||IT - Software||Phoenix, AZ|
|Beacon Biomedical||Bio & Life Sciences||Scottsdale, AZ|
|BeckonCall||IT - Software||Scottsdale, AZ|
|ClearVoice||IT - Software||Phoenix, AZ|
|Crowd Mics||IT - Software||Mesa, AZ|
|Dataware Ventures||IT - Software||Tucson, AZ|
|EZ Dump Commercial||Advanced Manufacturing||Phoenix, AZ|
|Gamma Tile||Bio & Life Sciences||Gilbert, AZ|
|GlycoSurf||Bio & Life Sciences||Park City, UT|
|GRVTY||IT - Software||Phoenix, AZ|
|Lightsense Technology||Advanced Materials||Tucson, AZ|
|MobileLogix||IT - Software||Glendale, AZ|
|NoteBowl||IT - Software||Scottsdale, AZ|
|NVI Algae Products||Bio & Life Sciences||Phoenix, AZ|
|Omedix||IT - Software||Scottsdale, AZ|
|Paraffin International||Bio & Life Sciences||Phoenix, AZ|
|Power Mobility Doctor Rx||IT - Software||Glendale, AZ|
|SalesTalk Technologies||IT - Software||Scottsdale, AZ|
|Salted Earth||Aerospace & Defense||Tempe, AZ|
|SENSATIX||IT - Hardware||Scottsdale, AZ|
|Smart Clinic AZ||IT - Software||Paradise Valley, AZ|
|SolarThermiX||Cleantech/Renewable Energy||Phoenix, AZ|
|Swappow||IT - Software||Phoenix, AZ|
|The Medical Memory||IT - Software||Phoenix, AZ|
|Universal Bio Mining||Bio & Life Sciences||
A panel of expert judges evaluated 131 applications for the Fall 2015 AIC submitted by companies based in Arizona, California, Ohio, Utah and Virginia. The judges assessed each application on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact.
The Fall 2015 semifinalist companies represent the following high-value industry sectors by percentage:
- IT – Software: 56%
- Bio & Life Sciences: 20%
- Cleantech/Renewable Energy: 8%
- IT – Hardware 4%
- Advanced Materials: 4%
- Advanced Manufacturing: 4%
- Aerospace & Defense: 4%
Every applying company that meets the AIC’s eligibility requirements will receive constructive feedback generated from the rigorous online evaluation and scoring process. All semifinalists also will be considered for participation in Venture Ready, the ACA’s mentor program that connects early stage companies with high-level CEOs to further refine business plans and investor pitches.
The ACA will name its Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge finalists in mid-December, 2015 and the winners later that same month.
Susan Marie, Arizona Commerce Authority, (602) 8451-1231, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create – attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.