CEI Mastermind Learning: What It Is & What We’ve Learned

Working with Phoenix startups everyday, we’ve seen the positive impact that a tight-knit community can have on a growing business.  We know that small businesses thrive when founders are surrounded by others who are also fighting to bring their respective products to market. And we recognize that it can be hard for entrepreneurs to speak openly about the problems they face, especially when they feel the weight of a growing company on their shoulders.

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CEI Success Report, Vol. 1

If there is one characteristic that’s consistent amongst all of our clients, it’s their relentless drive to build successful businesses. In fact, they’re making headlines, hitting milestones, and winning competitions so frequently that it’s even hard for us to keep up!

To make sure that their wins don’t go unrecognized, we’re launching a new, quarterly initiative to highlight their achievements. Keep reading to find a list of new clients and partners, graduating clients, and a list of everyone’s 2018 achievements!

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The Big Pitch: The First College Student Startup Challenge at CEI

In the fall of 2017, CEI set out to achieve an unprecedented mission: to launch one business led by students from Maricopa Community College. While we’ve had our fair share of success with incubating Arizona biomedical, technology, sustainability, and life science startups, our incubator has always focused on supporting businesses from outside the community college district. But over the years, it’s become increasingly clear to us that many of the college students who are here furthering their education are doing so because they dream of eventually launching their own business.

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bioSyntagma Awarded $200k Phase I NIH SBIR Grant to Advance Development of a Next-Generation Single-Cell Biomarker Discovery Platform

bioSyntagma, LLC, a precision medicine company, has been awarded a nearly $200,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new platform for mapping multi-omic biomarkers from single-cells in cancer patient biopsies. bioSyntagma’s Principal Scientist, Dmitry Derkach, M.D., Ph.D., is the Principal Investigator for the project. 

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the Winner of the Big Pitch is... Ronnie Ruiz!

Community colleges are no longer just places to get an Associate’s degree or to take some gen-ed credits that can apply to a university program. At the Maricopa Community College District, some students are taking courses in preparation to launch their own business. Recognizing this, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation — a business incubator located on the GateWay Community College Campus — launched The Big Pitch, a student startup challenge that put participating students through a high-impact accelerator for a chance to win over $20,000 in cash and services. After learning from over two dozen seasoned business leaders, Estrella Mountain College student and owner of Kustom Tyres and Supplies (KT&S), Ronnie Ruiz, won the grand prize.

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Entrepreneurship Beyond Borders: CEI Hosts Pitch Practice for YTILI Fellows

CEI strives to support Arizona startups so that they can create future jobs and strengthen our local economy. But you’d be surprised to learn how many international entrepreneurs have made the decision to call the Phoenix Valley home! With founders from France, Germany, India and more, CEI is proud to serve as a melting pot for innovative ideas that come from all over the globe.

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BioSyntagma is Granted Patent

Phoenix, AZ — bioSyntagma, LLC announces that it has received a much-needed patent on its foundational technology for the company’s unique microfluidic chip technology, the Light Stream FloCell™, allowing researchers to understand how disease-causing cells interact with each other. bioSyntagma’s technology is seen as fundamental to understanding diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s by illuminating key cellular interactions in these disease states. 

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CEI Celebrates Client Wins

How do successful incubators track and report their success and impact on the communities in which they live? Simple; the stories of achievment of milestones and the success of the people, the business heros and champions, who put it all on the line to succeed.  I want to share these current stories of our client successes as they compete for grant opportunities and as they achieve significant milestones along their growth paths.  Here are few example of the stories we get to share when CEI clients emerge as successful operating companies ...

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Design Days - CEI partnering with tech firms to provide design and production consultations for local startups

 

With the strength of partnerships, CEI is making Design Days a hit. Meet with a PADT product design engineer, an AVNET electrical engineer or a Tiempo Development software engineer for 30-minutes, at no charge, to help move your product design forward. Design Days takes place each month and requires you to register and be scheduled for a time slot

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Don't Bore Your Audience - Pitch Like Steve Jobs

We’ve all heard for a long time that there is no better presenter than Steve Jobs. He was entertaining, inspiring, and informative. He never failed to grab our attention. Now, put yourself in this picture….you are an investor listening to pitches on a regular basis. The majority of the pitches are a monolog of facts, detailed translations about a technology, a seemingly unrealistic chart about revenue, and at some point, wouldn’t it feel all a bit boring, even if the product was great? Now, imagine someone steps up, they tell an interesting story that engages and moves you. You sit forward in your chair…you are focused on each word as their story unfolds. Their voice reflects the drama of the story, and even as they move through the business portion, the story is present, the “why” and the point are clear, and you feel it viscerally like they just plugged you into the wall socket. Electric. The pitch ends. The next company begins their pitch and immediately you are back to the “same old”. This round of pitches ends. Who do you remember?

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bioSyntagma Receives HSF Grant

bioSyntagma, LLC announces the award of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of $213,904 to conduct basic research and development.  bioSyntagma develops life science tools for single and multi-cell analysis and this grant will help further develop the company’s unique microfluidic chip technology, the Light Stream FloCell™, which allows researchers to understand how disease-causing cells interact with each other. 

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Taking the Leap - Validate First

I remember when I started my second company many years ago. It was a dog food manufacturing business. I developed a recipe after my dog became very ill and no veterinarian could figure out what was wrong. My last option was exploratory surgery. I took a gamble and developed a food after researching what an optimal diet should look like for dogs with similar symptoms. I watched anxiously to see how my dog reacted. When my dog not only started eating again, but her energy increased and her coat looked fabulous, I figured it was time to go into business.

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The Greening of Things

The Greening of Things
Written By Tom Zender

Phoenix-area interest and activity is increasing in the Greening of Things. Clean energy, food, technologies, equipment, supplies, ecology, and more are fueling our local economy. We are now part of the growing clean, green economy.

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Taking Your Pitch Deck to GREAT

This is the first article in a series focused on building a great pitch deck, and if you are an entrepreneur and you need funding, at some point, you have to get out there and pitch. Yup, it is inevitable. And, it isn’t entirely enough to talk a good talk. If you have a shot at delivering an outstanding presentation, then your pitch deck design must stand out as well. There are a lot of businesses looking for money. Design can be the deciding factor for getting major funding, attracting key media, and landing big customers. A winning pitch deck is a mixture of great design and focused, clear content. It also has to fit into a time structure. Are you overwhelmed just thinking about how to do this? Let’s break down the design portion.

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