In this edition of the Tech Focus Member Spotlight, Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President for Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona, discusses the role and impact of the Tech Parks and recent progress made at the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) and the UA Tech Park at The Bridges.
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Arizona Public Service launches Going Green + Going Smart Program; Arizona State University partners with Starbucks on new research and rapid innovation facility; Life365 continues to build upon its Hospital@Home product offering with Eat Fit Go partnership; Netrality ranked among top five USA data centers; Tech Parks Arizona continues to break ground on The Refinery; Intel Corporation announces its new chief diversity and inclusion officer; iSolved acquires workplace giving and volunteer platform Givful; The University of Arizona establishes a new research institute with French center to solve global challenges; CellTrust has been selected by Leverage Financial Advisory for compliant text capture and archive; Panasonic to buy supply-chain software provider BlueYonder for $7.1 billion; and more.
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.
Paramium Technologies, a University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) startup, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $256,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on efficient manufacturing methods for radio antenna reflectors. Paramium’s innovative manufacturing solution unlocks rapid prototyping capabilities for antenna designers because it is faster and more versatile than traditional methods.
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.
The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) announced the UACI Sponsored Launch Fueled by the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce competition. Application submissions opened on March 5 and close on April 2. After a review and interview process, the winning team will be announced on April 30. The team will then participate in the incubator program for one full year.
The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) was selected as the go-to organization to host an international company from Costa Rica. The company, TUNUK, is developing software to track bus ridership and other data for bus operators and municipalities. Tunuk Analytics Center utilizes state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to provide real-time data for revenue, expenses and operations to bus companies.
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