CEI Blog


New Report: Find Out Where Phoenix Ranks for Cleantech

May 23, 2016, 9:37 PM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

Earlier this month, Portland-based Clean Edge Inc. released its annual “U.S. Cleantech Leadership Index” which lists the highest ranking states and metro areas based on their activities around clean energy, renewable technology adoption, investment and innovation. The report gives unique insight into the intersection between a city's public and private support with the growth of the industry within its borders. Here is where Phoenix lands on the report as well as other key findings.

Topics: cleantech

5 Key Elements for a Rock Star Product Launch

May 9, 2016, 12:14 PM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

So you have reached the moment where you think you are ready for your product to hit the market, but there are several important aspects you should have in place for your business in order to make a splash with your customers. Here is our take on what those are.

Topics: validation, minimum viable product, product launch

How CEI graduate VisionGate crushed their business incubator experience

April 27, 2016, 3:25 PM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

As a business incubator professional, I truly enjoy watching entrepreneurs take advantage of the plethora of resources at their disposal within a program – from advice and mentorship to facilities and equipment. VisionGate, a company that has developed innovations for the early detection and prevention of lung cancer, graduated from the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) incubator in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2015 and totally crushed the experience in 3 major ways.

Topics: Business Incubators, startup inspiration, visiongate

Where the startups are: A list of our favorite Phoenix hangouts

April 20, 2016, 11:45 AM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

Right now, the Phoenix entrepreneurial ecosystem is coalescing with the momentum of a cheetah running in an open field, and every entrepreneur in the region should make it his/her mission to plug in to our growing community. With that in mind, we thought we would share some of the most populated startup hangouts where a lot of magic happens. 

Topics: yesphx, coworking

Here’s Why Healthcare Startups Are Blowing Up their Industry & How They Destroy the Competition

April 12, 2016, 10:56 AM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

Startups in the healthcare space have inundated the market the last few years, from those companies transforming digital health record management to others that focus on improving the patient experience. In Phoenix alone, we have seen a glut of promising new technologies that include well-funded businesses and their lesser known but no-less-interesting counterparts. Nationally, venture capital in the amount of $4.1 billion was given to digital healthcare companies in 2014; other studies have overall funding for these companies at $6.5 billion. Regardless the message is clear: new and innovative digital healthcare solutions have become not just a startup trend, but a national one. And here’s why.

Topics: digital healthcare, health it, healthcare startups

Entrepreneurs v. Super Incubators (and Everything in Between): A New Era of Resource Confusion

April 4, 2016, 10:28 PM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

First off, I promise there will be no spoilers of Batman v. Superman in this post, in case you were worried. Instead I am going to try and clear up the (very) muddy waters of entrepreneurial support organizations. With so many options and - as I will illustrate - nuances within those options, it can be very difficult for startups to navigate the world of professional business resources and services. Hopefully, this post helps make it easier.

Topics: Business Incubators, Co-working, Accelerators

Everything Medical Device Startups Need to Know about New Medtech Legislation

March 26, 2016, 3:50 PM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

With continuous innovation occurring in the medical field, it is imperative for federal regulations to keep pace. Today, most new and follow-on devices experience a lengthy regulatory process, especially when compared with their drug counterparts. But the federal government is trying to address this and other concerns through new proposed legislation. Here is what we know thus far.

Topics: fda regulation, medical device commercialization

Want to raise growth-stage capital? Join an incubator or accelerator, studies suggest

March 17, 2016, 3:26 PM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

Earlier this month, Pitchbook released a landmark report which concluded that one-third of all US startups that raised a Series A in 2015 had gone through an accelerator program at some point in their development. Coupled with similarly promising data about business incubators - including one study that noted 40% of early-stage incubatees sourced their investment through connections within the incubator itself - and it appears that joining these types of programs bear long-term financial fruit for growing companies.

Topics: Business Incubators, Accelerators, venture capital

Four Bold, Informative and Inspiring Talks Every Phoenix Entrepreneur Should See

March 1, 2016, 11:10 PM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

For most entrepreneurs, there is nothing better than having the opportunity to learn directly from those who have chased a similar path. They are among the few who have the insight, experience and empathy for those innovators launching startup companies. Here are three of our favorites, all from Phoenix entrepreneurs who have been there, done that, and have some nuggets of wisdom to share.

Topics: Startup Lessons, entrepreneur resources

Success Not a Sure Thing for Startups in Business Incubators or Accelerators

February 16, 2016, 8:08 PM | Posted By: Greg Bullock

I am aware that this may be seem like an unusual topic for somebody who works for a business incubator, but it actually fits very much in line with our philosophy at CEI of trying to elevate our industry in any way that we can. The fact is incubators and accelerators must evolve as fast as the entrepreneurs they serve in order to maintain relevance, and it is something that many fail to do. And I won’t be repeating the 87% stat - the number of companies still in operation after 5 years removed from an incubation program - from a study that was conducted nearly two decades ago but continues to be cited as a leading indicator of success. Indeed, the real value of these startup support organizations has yet to be definitively proven.

Topics: Business Incubators, Running a Successful Business, startup lifecycle