Here Are the 11 Phoenix Startups You Need to Watch

February 9, 2017

12:50 pm

The Valley of the Sun is well known for its tourist attractions, golf courses, nightlife and celebrity chefs. This metropolitan area is also experiencing a steady growth of entrepreneurial activity where the rays of the sun continue to shine on the thriving startup ecosystem.

The startups within the Phoenix ecosystem will tell you that it’s a tight-knit community housing people who are willing to roll up their sleeves to help startups grow. They pride themselves on being one of the most welcoming cities to entrepreneurship and startups benefit more than anyone else.

Between all the coworking spaces, nationally recognized incubators, student entrepreneurial programs, maker spaces, and startup events filled with a hidden pool of talent, there are plenty of opportunities to network and find your place to grow a business. Here are just a few of the startups you need to know in the desert.


Focused on the food service industry, Attribytes helps suppliers and brokers get an inside look at how their product is viewed by a distributor’s point-of-sale system. Their product helps gather, clean, and maintain product data that is compliant with GS1 standards and helps ensure customers and their trading partners can easily exchange the best product content.

Beacon Biomedical

With a passion to help patients catch the onset of cancer, this startup developed a medical diagnostic device that provides easy, accurate, and affordable blood tests for earlier cancer detection. Primary care physicians will be able to screen their patients with their point-of-care test within 10 minutes.

Catalytic Health Partners

With more health information being readily available to a patient, Catalytic Health Partners developed a personalized in-home, face-to-face, health management system. Each member is given a personalized tablet that provides educational health videos, access to telemedicine, and Bluetooth enabled tele-monitoring. For the health care provider, hospital, or social workers, the platform provides a continuation of care where anyone working with the patient will have an updated snapshot of their health.

Clean Router

Managing your child’s internet activity is a constant challenge for parents. Clean Router helps parents manage devices and filter out inappropriate content with a 7-Layer IntelliFilter. The router logs all activity per device, offers time restrictions, email reports, blocks by keyword, and even filters YouTube.


Get your child off the Xbox and have them go create their own game. CodaKid, founded by long time video game developer, designer, and architect David Dodge, who worked for studios like Sega of America, is an online kids coding academy and tech camp that teaches kids to create games, apps, and Minecraft mods using real programming languages and professional tools. CodaKid’s online classes are self-paced and include live support from a friendly team of engineers. The company has taught nearly 10,000 students to code in 15 countries and was the winner of 2017 Tillywig Brain Child Award for Educational Toys and Games.



With a passion to help businesses drive traffic to their company, FetchRev (formerly LocBox) helps drive trackable revenue and foot traffic with integrated marketing campaigns through email, Facebook, Facebook Ads, Google AdWords, and other social platforms from one dashboard. This startup has been funded by InterWest Partners, 500Startups, Foundation Capital, Google Ventures and angels from Google, LinkedIn, WalMartLabs, and Facebook.


This management system is redefining the restaurant experience. The company designed this point-of-sale platform specifically for restaurants to help them track orders, review trends, connect with their customer, and turn over tables more efficiently. On the customer side, guests can use their smartphone to order, pay, and track their takeout orders from their favorite local restaurants. If they prefer an in-dining experience, users can order and pay for their meal from their table.


Considering the fact that 60 percent of newborn babies diagnosed with jaundice, Neolight developed Skylife, an at-home neonatal phototherapy treatment that will provide the safest and most efficient treatment of infant jaundice. The company is developing a hypothermia treatment device to help at-risk infants with low birth weight.


Selling your home is one of the biggest stressors to a family. Offerpad is a premium online service that helps homeowners sell their home with a few clicks of the mouse. When a seller submits a request for a price, the Offerpad team reviews the request and emails a cash offer. Once the offer is accepted, the owner can pick a close date between 5 to 90 days, sign off and done. Recently, this startup raised $260 million to scale their business and expand to other markets.

SMART Brain Aging, Inc.

Memory loss, challenges with problem solving, and confusion with time are just some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s. SMART Brain Aging is a healthcare tech company that offers an in-person (Brain U Clinic) and virtual exercise (Brain U Online) program designed to help patients delay or prevent the onset of cognitive decline.


Podcasting is a great way to connect with an audience about topics interesting to you. ZCast is an app that allows users to create, stream, and share interactive podcasts. Users can easily record audio, chat with a live audience and tune in to live podcast streams. The platform also offers analytics, scheduling, and the ability to invite others to join in the conversation, all while sharing your favorite podcasts via social.


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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.