Biozona Weekly: STEM celebrations; Agriculture technology; Angel investors

March 20, 2015

By hammersmith

FUSD to hold 2nd STEM celebration
3/20/15 | Arizona Daily Sun | Michelle McManimon

Flagstaff leaders in science, technology, math and engineering are gearing up for the second annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration at the Walkup Skydome April 1, an event that attracted about 4,000 people a year ago. Read also: Yavapai College-Verde Valley SciTech EXPO highlights science technology, engineering, art, math

ACA encourages minority entrepreneurs to apply for funding
3/20/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

SenseTech, a Flagstaff-based, woman-owned company that makes rat fertility bait and previously benefited from a federal grant, is the type of company the Arizona Commerce Authority would like to see apply for federal Small Business Innovation Research grants.

Valley students to participate in White House science fair
3/19/15 | Arizona Republic | Paulina Pineda

Students from BASIS Scottsdale and Carl Hayden Community High School will showcase their inventions and discoveries at the fifth annual White House Science Fair, which will feature displays from students from across the country who have won competitions in their respective fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

ASU, UA, NAU startups venture into annual competition

3/18/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Twelve of the top student startups from Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University are set to compete at the third annual Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition for a chance at $30,000 in seed funding, mentorship, bragging rights and the traveling Startup Territorial Club trophy.

Phoenix welcomes Canadian investment firm VA Angels to Gateway Community College
3/18/15 | Downtown Devil | Jessica Morrison

VA Angels, a Canadian angel investment firm, will open an office at Gateway Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation in Phoenix to expand its business by investing in the area’s startup community.

New Arizona technology aims to improve crop quality, yield
3/17/15 | KJZZ | Andrew Bernier

A new technology developed and tested in Arizona may help farmers overcome recent struggles by using an electronic system known as high-throughput field phenomics that could improve crop quality and yield.

Phoenix’s Silicon Desert still parched for venture capital, trails on list of tech cities
3/16/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Eric Jay Toll

A lack of venture capital continues to hurt metro Phoenix in the rankings among other tech cities, according to a new analysis, but the area did have positive signs.

UA to study effects of sleep patterns on STEM education

3/13/15 | KJZZ | Andrew Bernier

A new study from the University of Arizona will investigate whether a lack of sleep dulls a student’s potential interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.