Arizona Technology Council Announces Startups Facing-off in Pitch Contest at StartupConnect AZ Conference for State’s Growing Startup Ecosystem
Popular pitch contest sponsored by Hool Coury Law awards grand prize comprised of all ticket sales from the December 9 StartupConnect conference at ASU SkySong
PHOENIX, Arizona, December 7, 2015 – The Arizona Technology Council today unveiled the seven startup companies vying for the grand prize of all the tickets sales from the third annual StartupConnect AZ conference. Arizona’s leading conference to connect, showcase and educate the state’s growing startup ecosystem is being held Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at ASU SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd, Building #3, Room #135. Tickets which are $50 for AZTC members and early-stage technology startups and $75 for non-members are available online now at http://www.startupconnectaz.com/.
Arizona’s annual StartupConnect AZ continues the legacy of providing a venue for the state’s technology, startup, and funding ecosystems to interconnect and grow together. The live Pitch Contest will be held during three key times throughout the day with the winner announced just prior to the evening cocktail reception. The participating companies are:
Ascent Aero Systems, Tucson, AZ – Jonathan Meringer, co-founder.
A startup stage company that designs, manufactures, sells and supports small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs), commonly known as “drones”. The company has developed a unique “coaxial” vehicle configuration ideally suited for recreational, professional, commercial and military applications.
- Neolight, Scottsdale, AZ – Vivek Kopparthi, co-founder & CEO.
Neolight is a medical device company that develops phototherapy beds to cure jaundice in pre-term and full term babies. We aim to significantly reduce global causality due to neonatal jaundice. theneolight.com
- Find Veggies, Phoenix, Las Vegas – Mitch Allen, founder.
The farmers market is coming to you, right on your mobile phone.
- Adora, Phoenix – Kyle Thomas, captain.
A cause marketing app for those who want to become influencers. It’s consistent funding for causes by empowering supporters through lock screen tech.
- Urepp, Scottsdale, AZ – Alex Enright , co-founder.
A new way for fans to stay up to date on their favorite young athletes. Any age. any sport. No More Watching Long Game Film.
- Tipsy, Tempe, AZ – Eli Chmouni, founder & CEO.
A nightlife membership to the best bars, lounges, and clubs in your area. It’s simple: for $10 a month you get complimentary drinks, waived cover, and VIP line passes at all of the clubs on our network.
- Betr Blok, Tempe, AZ – Chris Frettoloso, co-developer.
A start-up ‘Green Company’ that manufactures construction blocks made from recycled paper, cardboard and other recyclable cellulose material.
“When Arizona’s startup, technology, and funding communities meet up in a common space we bridge gaps in the technology ecosystem and everyone wins,” said Steve Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “Talent, money, and good ideas are all put to use doing what they do best: growing our state’s economy.”
Content at this year’s event will delight audiences as 50 successful CEOs and Executives take the stage to divulge their secrets, solutions and regrets. Participants will hear from luminaries like Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline, as he shares the 10 key things every entrepreneur should know. Attendees can also participate in nine interactive breakout sessions delivered by moderators and panelists who have been in the trenches and created successful ventures. The complete agenda can be found at https://www.aztechcouncil.org/event/startupconnect-az-conference/.
“Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is populated with luminaries and visionaries who have tremendous insights to share,” said Nick Labadie, senior planner and product manager at Rose Law Group and member of the Arizona Technology Council’s Startup and Entrepreneurship Committee. “This is a chance to rub shoulders with some of the smartest tech startup gurus Phoenix has to offer.”
“The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Arizona is hot right now, and more frequently part of the conversation with the investors I deal with in Silicon Valley,” said Michael Hool, founding partner, Hool Coury Law, PLC. “You can feel the vibe everywhere you go, every site you visit, and every social media timeline you scroll through. StartupConnect is a great place to help entrepreneurs troubleshoot ideas, meet like-minded people with different skill sets and learn how to navigate the local startup ecosystem.”