The City of Scottsdale has become a hotbed for startup activity since 2010. According to Hoover’s Inc., from 2010 to 2017 nearly 17,000 companies have started operations in Scottsdale. Scottsdale makes up 33 percent of Arizona’s total number of deals and 16 percent of the total amount invested in Arizona companies since 2012. According to CB Insights, there has been more than a billion dollars invested in Scottsdale based firms since 2012, with nearly $330 million in 2016 alone.
Not only are there great companies in our community, region and state, but collaborative ecosystem resources such as AZ Tech Council, EmpoweredPhXX, StartupAZ Foundation, InvestSW, Phoenix Startup Week and #yesPHX are advancing initiatives and connecting thought leaders. These resources are just a glimpse into what is available for an entrepreneur looking to scale operations in Scottsdale and join a thriving, diverse and generous community.
Eureka Loft Scottsdale
In addition to community and partner offerings, Scottsdale recognizes the need to promote and encourage entrepreneurship. The Eureka Loft Scottsdale can be used by innovators and entrepreneurs needing collaborative or meet up space daily to work on their ideas while also getting mentorship, advice and access to some “pracademic” classes both online and in the library.
Startup Activity and Featured Firms
DataFox named Scottsdale "One of the top places to launch a startup in the country." Some of the featured startup and emerging technology firms that were founded in Scottsdale or recently expanded include:
Founded at Arizona State University and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona at SkySong, Neolight is a modern medical device company that engineers, designs and manufactures technologies that treat infants with life threatening medical conditions. NeoLight received funding from Steve Case during his Rise of the Rest bus tour in 2016.
Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona, AppointmentPlus offers enterprise-grade online scheduling software that's designed to scale. With more features and functionality than any other solution, their cloud-based application dynamically adapts to serve organizations from startups to members of the Fortune 500 and meets the requirements of more than 100 industries.
Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2002, Axosoft is a proprietary project management and bug tracking system. The company works with over 11,000 development teams who are creating software and solutions that improve the world.
Founded by Matthew Pittinsky, Parchment provides transcripts, diplomas or certificates digitally. They service more than 8,000 institutions to help turn credentials into opportunities. Since 2003, their platform has helped millions of people and thousands of schools and universities exchange more than 20 million transcripts and other credentials globally.
Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona, ReplyBuy is the original market leading solution combining messaging with e-commerce to engage & transact instantly with customers. They have more than 135 major brands and clients across various industries.
Paradox.AI, a software company offering an artificial intelligence tool for the recruiting industry. It recently was an Arizona Innovation Challenge grant winner and was awarded $250,000 to further launch and grow the business. The founder, Aaron Matos is passionate about recruiting and has started numerous successful companies in the recruiting space such as Jobing.com and is now fulltime CEO of Paradox.
Digital Air Strike
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Digital Air Strike™ is the leading consumer engagement company. We provide the most comprehensive software and managed service platform for social media and digital marketing. A pioneer in digital response, social marketing, and online reputation management, Digital Air Strike™ monitors, improves and manages consumer engagement for thousands of businesses across the United States and Canada including six of the largest automobile manufacturers.
SkySong the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center
The City of Scottsdale, in partnership with Arizona State University, created the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center SkySong which opened in 2008. SkySong provides startup businesses access to new technologies, capital networks, business education and a skilled workforce. SkySong is nearing full occupancy in all four buildings with more than 1,200 people currently working at the multiuse development. The project is projected to generate almost $10 billion in economic impact over the course of the next 30 years.
Arizona State University is guided by eight design inspirations that influence its growth and transformation. Among these guiding principles are deep commitments to valuing entrepreneurship in all its forms, transforming society by being connected to social needs, and being socially embedded in communities through mutual beneficial partnerships and ASU Startup School advances these three aspirations.
Some notable companies that call ASU SkySong home are:
A global online marketplace for wellness services, is a cloud-based software system for the wellness industry to allow users to book and pay for workout classes directly from their site.
Web.com provides a full range of subscription-based internet services to small businesses.
Privately owned electronic payment process company that is Montreal based and operates at ASU SkySong.
Pyxl builds digital brands, starting with websites, mobile and web applications that provide integrated and engaging experiences for clients’ customers.
E-commerce marketplace for connecting subscribers with local merchants by offering activities, travel, goods and services. Headquartered in Chicago, Groupon expanded to Scottsdale in 2015 and has continued to grow operations on the SkySong campus.
Workiva offers a fully integrated, cloud-based solution dedicated to meeting SEC reporting requirements through real time collaboration.