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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
PHR Plus, based out of our own Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) at GateWay Community College, announces a strategic partnership with the health and wellness device manufacturer, iHealth from Mountain View, Calif. PHR Plus empowers people and companies to take control of their health through its software platform.
PHR+, a medical wearable device company, was recently selected as one of the top 68 digital healthcare companies in the 2016 Interface Health Challenge X. Now, they need the Phoenix startup community’s help to make it to the next round.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) announced the resignation of Executive Director Jeff Saville, effective March 23. He will assume the role of Marketing Director at Valutek, a Phoenix-based company that specializes in the manufacturing and sales of clean room consumables.
Most organizations can pinpoint those pivotal moments in their history which forever shape the development and growth of their business. For bioscience firm VisionGate and the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), it was the day they collectively chose to join forces within the CEI business incubator facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
PADT and CEI officially open StartUpLabs to provide 3D Printing and design services to high-tech startups. StartUpLabs focuses on helping early stage companies meet their product development and prototyping needs in a timely, efficient, and cost effective way through 3D Printing, Mentoring, and Design Services.
From earning impressive media visibility in Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine to constantly reviewing and improving its proprietary software platform, Traklight proves that persistent focus can be the difference between success and failure for a startup company.
The software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, which strives to help entrepreneurs and inventors identify, manage, monetize, and protect their intangible assets, including intellectual property, recently became a graduate of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI). Traklight Founder and CEO Mary Juetten credits the Phoenix-based business incubator for introducing the company to key partners and helping it scale beyond her initial efforts.
"One of the poster children for the city’s progress is the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), on the campus of GateWay Community College in the heart of the region’s “Discovery Triangle,” just east of downtown Phoenix. The 18,000-square-foot glass, wood, and stone comprehensive mixed-use incubator is a modern marvel, not just in design but also in what it offers startups: six light manufacturing spaces, eight wet labs, and 11 3D printers, including one that can create body parts."
CEI client Advanced Anesthesia Specialists (AAS) shares their news and highlights for an incredible year! Click on the image below to download the newsletter and hear all about the exciting world of AAS!
Energy Conservation Management, Inc. (ECM), a portfolio company of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), is quickly becoming a powerhouse in the energy efficiency arena and now has a new milestone to celebrate: one million dollars in gross revenue.
Searchlight® is looking for an energetic, self motivated individual to join our team on location to assist in exceeding our customer’s expectations. As a Customer Advocate, you will work directly with the CEO and founder of the company to manage customer communications and information, file and manage claims of content theft as well as manage our CRM system. Efficiency and effectiveness are the two key components we strive to offer our customers, and you will be the foundation of that offering. Position description, duties and responsibilities:
CEI's own Marketing Specialist was featured in the Sunday edition of the Arizona Republic on December 7, 2014, for his attendance at the publication's "35 Entrepreneurs under 35" event. Read the corresponding article (10 tips from 10 top Arizona entrepreneurs by Laurie Merrill) here.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) has been named one of the newest affiliates of HubSpot’s “Jumpstart” program, which provides the inbound marketing and sales software at a fraction of the cost for eligible startups enrolled in (or recently graduated from) incubators and accelerators from across the country.
Sidnee Peck of ASU Center for Entrepreneurship provides several reasons to consider joining an incubator or accelerator to grow your business in this article for the Arizona Republic, printed on July 21, 2014.