After a challenging week of business education, 11 Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) students from across the Valley competed to win The Big Pitch, CEI’s student startup challenge. On Wednesday, March 20, each student pitched business ideas before an audience and judging panel that consisted of Dr. Karla Fisher, Provost of MCCCD; James Goulka, Managing Director of AZ Tech Investors; Geoffrey Ossias, a partner at Perkins Coie; and Tom Zender, local CEO Mentor & Business Coach.Read More
It’s been an exciting year for CEI. With a host of new programs and plenty of incoming clients to keep our staff busy, it can be hard to stay on-top of all the new faces that come through our doors. However, the guest we’ve had over the last two months left a lasting impression.
Starting in October, we had the pleasure of hosting FOUR international groups, with individuals whose occupations ranged from entrepreneur to investor. With so much activity week after week, we wanted to give you a glimpse at how these events went. Keep reading for photos and recaps about the time spent with our new friends!Read More
In just four short months, many of our clients have made enormous progress, and their dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed! It seems like someone’s ringing the CEI Victory Bell almost every week, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their celebration.
Keep reading to see what’s happened in CEI’s halls lately!Read More
Keeping your investors, advisors, and partners in the loop is an important part of your job as a startup founder. When you have stakeholders scattered all across the U.S. (and often, the world), one of the easiest ways to do that is through regular email campaigns. But before you add this task to the bottom of your to-do list out of intimidation, we’ve compiled some easy tips and suggestions on design, content, and format to quickly get your latest news out to the people who are invested in the success of your company!Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Phoenix, AZ – Flora Coatings has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $224,901 to conduct further research and development on its Transparent Flexible Quasi-Ceramic Intelligent Multifunctional Coatings for corrosion and biofouling protection.Read More
As we review best-practices at CEI, the creation and management of an advisory board that provides a well-rounded sounding board for our clients rises toward the top.Read More
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.Read More
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 ...Read More
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 slotRead More
The View recently shared their line up of Oprah Favorites products. Paraffin International's paraffin wax glove and boots were featured! They sold out in a few hours.Read More
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?Read More
Deanna Montrose, Founder of Paraffin International Inc is moving her manufacturing of her gLOVE Treat product to Arizona. She is looking forward to the designation "Made in the USA" on all her products.Read More
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.Read More