Welcome to the Desert Angels™. We are a Tucson, Arizona based non-profit organization of accredited investors who seek opportunities to invest in Southwest regional startup or early stage companies. The organization serves as a forum for its over 70 members, who invest individually from their personal funds. Since 2000, Desert Angel members have invested over $40 million in more than 95 presenting companies.

UA startup receives funding for computer data error correction

by Curtis Gunn on February 16th, 2017 at 6:20pm

Every day millions of people are uploading, texting and sharing information online, but consider where and how this information is being stored. Codelucida, a startup largely based on research done at the UA, has developed an innovative technology to enhance the efficiency and reliability of data storage products.

According to the Department of Energy, there are 3 million data centers in the U.S., which adds up to about one center for every 100 people. These centers are continually processing and storing information and constantly using an exorbitant amount of energy. In order to serve their needs, Codelucida is in the process of using recent investment to fund commercial scale distribution of their error-correction technology.

The company was recently funded $700,000 to market this data storage technology by angel investment groups, including Tucson’s Desert Angels, Tech Coast Angels and Arizona’s Tech Investors. This adds to their previous funding of $900,000 from the National Science Foundation.

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CampusLogic Acquires Cegment, Adds the Leading Cost Calculator to Improve Transparency and Engagement Throughout the Student Financial Aid Experience

by Curtis Gunn on February 16th, 2017 at 6:08pm

CampusLogic announces the acquisition of Cegment’s Net Price Calculator (NPC) and Award Letter business. A pioneer in the NPC business, Cegment helps create transparency in higher education financing so families can better understand and assess the cost of a college degree. The integration of Cegment with the CampusLogic platform will form the only end-to-end student financial aid engagement platform designed to increase accessibility to education, reduce student borrowing, and drive down the cost of financial aid administration.

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UA Startup Codelucida Secures $700K in Angel Funding

by Curtis Gunn on February 3rd, 2017 at 9:04pm

Codelucida, a University of Arizona startup that is commercializing error-correction technology for data storage and communications, has reported that it has raised approximately $700,000 in a round of angel investment funding. The effort, led by Tucson’s Desert Angels, also pulled together participation from the Tech Coast Angels in Southern California, the Arizona Tech Investors in Phoenix and other private angel investors.

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NuvOx Pharma and Jiangsu Nhwa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Sign Licensing Agreement for Hemorrhagic Shock and Perioperative Blood Loss

by Curtis Gunn on January 26th, 2017 at 5:46pm

NuvOx Pharma LLC and Jiangsu Nhwa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. have signed a licensing agreement for the exclusive development and sales of NVX-408 for China for treating hemorrhagic shock and perioperative blood loss.

NVX-408 is an oxygen therapeutic that is injected intravenously, flows through the lungs and picks up oxygen, then flows through the blood and passes hypoxic tissue then releases oxygen. Pre-clinical studies show that it can improve survival during severe blood loss.

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Codelucida Announces Closing of a Syndicated Angel Investment Round Led by Desert Angels

by Curtis Gunn on January 24th, 2017 at 7:40pm

Codelucida recently announced the successful closing of a seed round of angel investment led by Tucson-based Desert Angels in syndication with Southern California-based Tech Coast Angels, Phoenix-based Arizona Tech Investors, and other private angel investors. This funding adds to the $750,000 that the company previously received through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase-2 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in August of 2015.

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New ASU ed-tech accelerator announces first cohort group

by Curtis Gunn on January 23rd, 2017 at 7:46pm

A new Arizona State University ed-tech accelerator designed to move education technology to market faster has announced the program’s first business cohorts.

The ASU Draper GSV Accelerator allows new ventures to be tested by ASU students and faculty, with the plan to allow the technology to move to market faster.

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JTED funds, startup support on Arizona tech group’s legislative agenda

by Curtis Gunn on January 14th, 2017 at 5:47pm

Arizona’s biggest technology business group will push for legislation to restore career and technical education funding for high school freshmen and boost private-investment tax credits in 2017.

The Arizona Technology Council says its legislative priorities are aimed at improving the business climate for high-tech companies by widening access to capital, supporting tech-related job growth and attracting and training tech workers.

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Former Mexican president signs deal in Tucson for business partnership

by Curtis Gunn on January 13th, 2017 at 5:50pm

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox formally signed an agreement to partner with Tucson on a project to incubate startup businesses and replicate a community college program south of the border.

The partnership was first proposed to Fox during a visit in Guanajuato, Mexico in October, in which Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Startup Tucson CEO Justin Williams led a delegation to ask for his assistance and invite him to Tucson.

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Comparing Team Communication Apps: What Do You Get For Free?

by Curtis Gunn on January 13th, 2017 at 5:28pm

Technology has always played a big role in business and managing resources more efficiently. Team communication and messaging is one area in particular where we’ve seen a ton of action lately, with apps such as Slack becoming the ultimate tool for workgroup collaboration.

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Scottsdale tech startup is allowing Sun Devil fans easy way to buy tickets

by Curtis Gunn on November 17th, 2016 at 12:00am

Arizona State University sports fans can now buy game tickets simply by responding to a text message thanks to a new partnership between Sun Devil Athletics and Scottsdale-based ReplyBuy.

ReplyBuy allows fans to buy tickets and merchandise through a text message, and introduced a new artificial intelligence featureto its service in October to make the process even smarter.

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