Posts Tagged ‘clean tech’

Register Now for Statewide Technology Conference

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The AZSBDC Network is a co-sponsor of the TechEDge 2012 statewide technology conference, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 7 at Chandler City Hall. 

TechEDge2012 is designed to equip technology entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies with the practical tools and innovative resources that they need to succeed. Tech entrepreneurs from across the state will learn from subject matter experts and industry peers who will share real-life stories and practical tips that facilitate launch and growth.

Featured topics include:

  • Fostering Innovation
  • Incubator Advantages
  • How to Win SBIR Awards and Commercialization through Strategic Partnerships
  • Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act
  • IP/Patents
  • Resource Pitches
  • Interactive Lightning Round


The conference will also showcase resources that are available to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs, including the AZSBDC Network, the Chandler Science & Innovations Incubator and other business and technology incubators, partner groups and organizations such as the AZ Technology Council and ASU Venture Catalyst.

TechEDge2012 is supported by Fennemore Craig, and event sponsor, ASU. It is hosted by the City of Chandler’s Innovations Incubator in partnership with the Arizona Business Incubation Association (AZBIA).

Cost for the full-day event is $50, with fees waived for students and incubator clients. For detailed information and to register visit

Lunch & Learn Event To Focus on Intellectual Property for Startups

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The AZSBDC Network’s November 14 Lunch & Learn event will begin at noon and will feature a presentation on ‘The Entrepreneur and the Attorney’. Entrepreneur (and Maricopa SBDC Business Analyst) Tom Swann and Attorney A. J. Moss of Squire Sanders LLP will help technology entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of the role that intellectual property plays in their businesses. The event will also provide a preview of the Patent Clinic that will be held on February 13.

Lunch and Learn is held at the Chandler Science & Innovations Incubator in Chandler. The event is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. To register, email Tom Swann or call (480) 784-0586.

Chandler AZ Ranks High on Startup List

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Chandler, Arizona ranks #4 on a new list of Best Startup Cities, according to American Express OPEN.  Interestingly, all 10 of the cities on the list are located WEST of the Mississippi River, in America’s west and southwest.

According to the list’s creator, SizeUP, Chandler produces 5.1 startups for every 100,000 residents. SizeUP is a San Francisco–based provider of free business intelligence for small and mid-sized businesses. The company identified companies less than five years old in the fields of computers, software, medical devices and electronics that were located in the top 100 cities by population. The result is a snapshot of independent, youthful enterprises engaged in a wide range of technological pursuits.

According to SizeUP, the city of Chandler (population 240,000) created its own entrepreneurial advantage by energetically embracing business incubation. The city-sponsored Innovations technology incubator is home to 20 early-stage companies in biotech, software, hardware, sustainability, mobile devices and other fields. Entrepreneurs can tap legal, accounting, marketing and fundraising help as well as sub-market rent.

The AZSBDC Network provides support services to Innovations, and is a partner in many events there, including the populat Coffee and Connections networking events and our Lunch & Learn events.

The City of Chandler provides a funding source for a downtown workspace called Gangplank to give entrepreneurs free space to get their visions underway. “At any given time 100 or more people can be found working in this space,” says Christine Mackay, Chandler’s economic development director. Startups thus blessed get hooked up to conferences, pitch nights and crowdfunding opportunities.

You can read the full release on American Express OpenForum HERE.

Tech Council Learns About Clean Tech

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Maricopa SBDC Technology Coordinator Sanjay Dhole and Business Analyst Brenda McCaffrey presented information on the AZSBDC’s Clean Tech Initiative, the TechEDge program and our Network’s research on the Clean Tech sector to nearly 60 people at ASU SkySong this week. The event was co-sponsored with Arizona State University and the Arizona Technology Council.  More information on the Clean Tech program, Coffee & Connections networking events and the Lunch and Learn series is available HERE or by emailing Sanjay at this address.

Clean Tech Open Accelerator Program

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

As a member of the Arizona startup community, the AZSBDC Network would like to encourage early-stage companies to apply to the Clean Tech Open — the World’s largest Clean Tech network and accelerator. The Rocky Mountain region is now accepting applications from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

 Apply today and compete for:

Access to investors: Over 40% of Clean Tech Open alumni have raised capital, totaling more than $600 million in external funding. 

Exposure and press: The national program offers participants unique PR opportunities and potential to present to thousands from across the world. 

– Free expert advice: Accepted candidates will talk to experts and mentors from across the country in the Clean Tech industry.

World-class training: Attend the 30-hour entrepreneur academy, topical webinars, and present at regional and national events. 

Win cash & prizes: Last year, the grand prize package worth $250k went to a company from the Midwest in 2011

The aplication deadline is May 8th.

Apply and launch startups here:

Cleantech Open Overview and Video
Watch this video to learn more:

The categories for the program include:

.  Air, Water and Waste/Recycling

.  Energy Efficiency, Industrial Efficiency, Green IT

.  Green Building, Renewable Energy, Bio & Green Chemistry

.  Smart Power, Green Grid and Energy Storage

.  Transportation & Electric Cars

.  Other sustainable and green businesses

For more informatin on this and other Clean Tech programs, contact AZSBDC Technology Sanjay Dhole HERE.


TechEDge Featured in East Valley Tribune

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The AZSBDC Network’s TechEDge program was featured in the East Valley Tribune this week. You can see the full story here:

New TechEDge Series Begins April 10

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The popular 10-week TechEDge program will begin again on April 10 at Chandler’s Innovations Incubator.

The TechEDge curriculum provides ‘need to know’ information for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs from high-tech and business experts who will address some of the stumbling blocks that often challenge start-ups, according to Sanjay Dhole, Technology Coordinator for the Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center.

Dhole believes that TechEDge is the only program that addresses whether a technology is ready for the market. Dhole, who has founded his own technology companies, said too many start-ups focus on their technology without figuring out how to make money from it.

“It’s very important because it gives you as an entrepreneur a road map of how to commercialize your product in the marketplace,” he said. “A lot of times entrepreneurs have a very narrow vision of their business.”

Read about the TechEDge program in the East Valley Tribune online:

Learn more by emailing Sanjay HERE.

Will Clean Tech Be Bigger Than Web 2.0?

Friday, March 16th, 2012

No doubt that today’s emerging clean tech industries will be the big companies that our children take for granted. Read this week’s column in INC., on how clean tech is picking up steam after some early (and large) stumbles.

The AZSBDC Network’s Clean Tech Initiative is helping emerging clean tech companies take root across Arizona. We can help you bring your future-focused concept to commercialization. Email Technology Coordinator Sanjay Dhole HERE.

Here’s the full article:

Cash Comes To Clean Tech

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

An interesting article from on growing investment in clean tech industries …

“Peter Thiel and other critics of cleantech investing have to be shaking their heads.

Not only did Vinod Khosla, famous for his commitment to investing in renewable energy, raise one of the largest venture funds of 2011 in part to invest in cleantech, it looks like still more money is going toward the field.

Flagship Ventures of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has pulled together a new $270 million fund to invest in healthcare and cleantech. And Sunnyvale, California, solar firm AQT Solar has raised $18.7 million of a planned $22 million funding round.

The argument put forward by Thiel, a PayPal founder and now investor, and others against such investing is that cleantech companies are too dependent on government policy to be good bets for investors. Also, critics have argued, cleantech and biotech companies both tend to take a lot of money and time to mature into businesses with a chance to go public or be bought.

But Flagship managing partner Noubar Afeyan told Scott Kirshner of the Boston Globe that there’s still money to be made investing in renewable energy, for instance. It just takes more patience than investing in the latest technology fad.

Google is one of the companies that is investing in clean techn industries.

“I don’t think the level of activity has gone down,” he said. “I think that the level of noise has gone down. There was a time in cleantech when people were just spraying money around indiscriminately. What we’ve seen is that cleantech has turned out to be more like biotech. You need patient, flexible execution to generate reasonable companies.”

Read more:

Breaking News in Clean Technology …

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Clean technology processes, industries and markets are changing daily, it seems. You can catch up on the latest in clean tech developments … and uncover new ideas and opportunities … at the CleanTechnica blog HERE.  Or visit their website at