TechTalk enews provides a monthly round-up of member updates, technological advancements, energy news, milestones and awards, industry news and featured content on the Council’s annual sponsors. Check out what’s happening in the Council’s April 2021 issue of TechTalk!
Tech Parks Arizona
Arizona State University and the University of Arizona spun out more startups and issued more patents in 2020 than they did in 2019 — with the potential to contribute millions of dollars to the state’s economy. The two state universities spun out 38 startups in fiscal 2020, up from 29 in fiscal 2019. They also issued 222 patents in fiscal 2020, up from 185 in fiscal 2019.
Construction remains on track for The Bridges’ first building, The Refinery, a four-story building that will serve as the University of Arizona’s innovation and commercialization hub. UArizona will occupy 50% of the space at The Refinery, with the rest available to businesses looking to co-locate with the university’s expertise.
PADT, Inc. is named a Stratasys Diamond Partner; semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corporation to invest $20B in Arizona expansion; Blue Yonder set to be acquired by Panasonic; body-cam innovator Axon solidifies the foundation for its next decade of growth; Arizona State University receives grant funding aimed at workforce upskilling and reskilling; the Greater Phoenix Chamber launches diversity and inclusion program for employers; and more. Check out the complete update.
University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) startup SGNT has received a $749,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF). A startup incubator network with outposts across the Southern Arizona region, The mission of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) is to grow scalable science and technology startup ventures that fuel the Arizona economy.
With a more than 20-year career serving the high-tech industry to promote university-based economic development, Stewart leads two UA Tech Parks as well as a tech startup incubator, the UA Center for Innovation.