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Tuesday
Apr262011

3 Days Left to Apply for AZ Disruptors

Just a quick reminder that the application deadline for applying to AZ Disruptors is coming up this Friday, April 29th.

Applying takes less than 5 minutes! No business plan needed. Just the raw details of your product, team and current status. We don't want projections either. It can't get much simpler.

If you have a software related idea, working prototype or product with real users, we'll consider it all. And if you are selected to participate in the AZ Disruptors incubator, here is what you get:

  • Free logistics for 4 months to build your product & company. The logistics include:
    • Office space
    • Furniture
    • Internet Connectivity
    • Snaks and Drinks
  • Free mentorship & guidance to help determine deliverables
  • An office environment with lots of techies from other software companies
  • $20,000 in Cash
  • At the end of the 4-month incubation phase, you will:
    • Have a kick ass deliverables which will include a usable product & a company foundation
    • Get the ability to demo your company & product in front of Angels and VCs
    • Help with getting your company to Phase II by raising additional funds

We are looking for software startups that are trying to create solutions for markets that are large and fragmented with lots of players. We want solutions that are disruptive to the marketplace in their ease of use, in their speed and in their cost.

Apply to the AZ Disruptors Incubator Now

 

Monday
Feb282011

Intro to AZ Disruptors

We had a great turnout for Friday's AZ Disruptors lunch. In fact, we had a pact house. We had exceeded our max of 30 people and had a standing room when it came to demos. The energy level was fantastic. It was truly exciting to see all the enthusiasm in the room. There are lots of great startup activities going on locally. Stephen Murphey, who was at the AZ Disruptors lunch told us about the new HackSpace at ASU's Skysong building. Hackspace is a place where anybody can go to work on their project or startup and network with others who are doing the same.

Francine Hardaway reminded us about the Startup Digest, a weekly email newsletter that announces current events that relate to technology startups. Be sure to signup!

I had a chance to put together a short presentation that talks about how we expect to support new software startups at AZ Disruptors. Check out the video:

There was also a very cool demo of a new product, which is still in development, called "CityBot - Decision Engine for Travelers" by Greg Solovyev. I think you'll agree this is an impressive product. Check out Greg's 5-minute demo:

A couple of pictures of the event:

Do to the construction sechedule, we're not sure when the the next AZ Disruptors lunch will be, but stay tuned and join us for the next lunch.

Thursday
Feb032011

LaunchSpot is Another Tech Incubator in Tempe

Today I met with Fred von Graf of LaunchSpot, another software-focused incubator who is also in the planning phases of a Y-Combinator-like accelerator. Fred and I hit it off right away as we think a lot alike and we both have a strong desire to help the Phoenix valley become a bigger player in the technology startup world.

LaunchSpot will be slightly different in that they will provide (potentially free) co-working office space to approved tech companies as well as provide funding to startups. Their offices, which are still under construction will be located at Broadway and 52nd Street in Tempe, AZ.

I see all this activity as a wonderful thing. We have Gangplank in Chandler, LaunchSpot in Tempe, SkySong in South Scottsdale and AZ Disruptors in North Scottsdale all trying to improve the technology startup scene. If we work together, we're finally going to make a dent. It's exciting times to be a startup!

Stay tuned...

Wednesday
Jan262011

Accepting the LAUNCH Accelerator Challenge

Recently, serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Jason Calacanis, issued a challenge via his LAUNCH Conference blog:

A Modest Proposal for America: Build 500 Accelerators

Jason’s not talking about Large Hadron Colliders. Although a boost in particle accelerator production could potentially be helpful to the economy, he’s talking about business incubators. The kind that accelerate the process of bringing disruptive ideas to life.

Jason is spot on. If there is something America needs to get out of its financial funk, it’s a boost in creating innovation. Innovation is exciting. Startups are exciting. What better way to foster exciting and disruptive innovation than to build an ecosystem of accelerators?

The accelerator model provides early phase startups with the total package: mentoring, a great tech environment, minimal initial funding, and a clear path to additional funding...if justified.  Groups of entrepreneurs are funded simultaneously, and together they make up a “class.”

AZ Disruptors is doing its part, aiming to build Arizona’s best accelerator system for entrepreneurs. Construction is underway, and the first class will begin in May 2011.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

With Y-Combinator’s $250 million in Q4 exits, the accelerator model is hot.  It’s been heating up for some time, and now it’s to the point where there are at least 58 Y-Combinator-like incubators around the world.

And get this:

  • Over ⅓ of all accelerators were founded within the past year
  • At the current pace, 250 accelerators by 2016 is easily realistic
  • About ½ of all accelerators are located in the United States, and about 40% of US accelerators are located in California and New York
  • 70% of accelerators are privately owned
  • 75% of accelerators provide an initial investment of less than $25k
  • The average accelerator class spans from 3 to 5 months

More Meaningful

I’m going to shift to first-person here, so I can talk about how personally excited I am about AZ Disruptors. Not only is it bringing the accelerator model to my home state, but it’s right in my own backyard.

I’m an Axosoft employee. I’m also playing a small part in helping to design the AZ Disruptors flavor of business incubation.  But most of all, I’m someone who has been working for software startups for pretty much my entire adult life, and words can’t describe how much I look forward to giving back to the community in the form of mentoring the classes that make it through our doors.

I remember my first day on the job at an angel-funded startup over 15 years ago.  I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO.  No idea! I can definitely elaborate on that in later guest posts. But the point here is that I can mind-dump my tech marketing experience and help good people with good ideas accelerate their growth and prepare them for what’s to come. 

That’s a wonderful prospect. The hands-on intimacy of this style of incubator is where I believe the magic lives.

I also look forward to the energy I suspect our first class will bring to our building.  We’re already pretty pumped up about growing our business on a daily basis.  I can only imagine what it will be like when we get 10 to 15 more smart people in this building to geek out with over amazing technology and products.

Knowing what I know about the people involved in AZ Disruptors...this is going to be one hell of a ride.  And AZ Disruptors is going to be the place to be for Arizona software startups.

 

This article was written by Angelo Coppola. He is a software industry veteran who currently serves as Vice President of Marketing for Axosoft. Angelo will provide AZ Disruptor classes with mentorship in the areas of marketing, design, and user experience.