Cost Ceiling on Key SM-3 Intercepter Missile at RMS Increased by $120 Million

Raytheon’s SM-3 cost limit raised

Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 12:00 am

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is raising the cost ceiling for work on a key interceptor made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems by $120 million, the Pentagon announced.

The contract modification for work on Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 increases the total contract value from $689 million to $809 million th1rough September 2015.

The modification will fund Raytheon’s continuing work on SM-3 design and engineering, testing and support, including moving new versions into production. The work will be performed in Tucson.

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AzCI's Mentored Launch Program for Startup Tech Companies Gets Underway April 3, 2012

Arizona Center for Innovation’s Mentored Launch program is starting April 3, 2012 –

AzCI is a technology business incubator that helps entrepreneurs transform their innovative ideas into successful ventures through: business planning; customized training and workshops; events; individual mentoring and expertise; partnerships; plug-and-play office space; and access to high-quality equipment and laboratory facilities.

In the Mentored Launch program, participants have the opportunity to explore and apply current business ideas relevant to their new project through mentorled discussion groups and individual coaching.

This program is ideal for any entrepreneur or inventor thinking about starting a new venture or launching a new product, regardless of where they are in their efforts to commercialize.

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McGuire Entrepreneurship Students Undertake Special Assignment to Investigate Tech Commercialization at UA, within Southern AZ & Across the State

The McGuire Center's Matt Mars oversees honors students' work in the Dean's Open Innovation Challenge.

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Honors Students Investigate Tech Transfer in Dean’s Open Innovation Challenge

By Liz Warren-Pederson – March 12, 2012

As part of their honors coursework, 28 undergraduates enrolled in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program are investigating the technology commercialization environment at the University of Arizona, within southern Arizona, and across the state.

The Dean’s Open Innovation Challenge tasks eight teams of honors students with gathering and analyzing data that may contribute to the success of the new Tech Launch Arizona initiative UA announced in 2011.

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Students Present Potential New Startup Companies at Recent UA Innovation Showcase

Students unveil entrepreneurial creations at UA’s Innovation Day

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 7:37 pm, Sat Mar 10, 2012.

By Patrick McNamara – Inside Tucson Business

The University of Arizona’s best and brightest student entrepreneurs filled the ballroom at the Student Union Memorial Center on Tuesday (March 6). The venue was apropos for the event, Innovation Day, which had the feel of a debutante ball for students eager to give their ideas a first public showing.

Student teams from the UA McGuire Entrepreneurship Program presented business concepts that they had worked on throughout the school term at the Innovation Showcase.

Some students are hopeful that their concepts will get noticed, create interest and attract investors. Others have already have begun to market their creations.

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Tucson-based Startup Company Post.Bid.Ship is Now Up & Going



Idea Becomes Business Reality for UA Grads

Story By Nathan Mitchell

March 5, 2012

“Post. Bid. Ship.”, a technology company that got its start when two graduate students at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business Management joined forces to enter a business idea to the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship.

Founders Micky Thompson and Jarret Hamstreet won awards and attention for their idea, and it placed first in the entrepreneurship program. Thompson and Hamstreet’s other two ideas placed second and third.

Despite their success, the two were readying to take job offers upon graduation. But with some nudging from professors and local investors, they decided to stick around and start the company.

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Tucson-based Start-up Company Kihon Games Receives $1.5 Million Venture Capital Investment


Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson pumps $1.5 million into indie outfit Kihon Games

Joins board of directors

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by Keith Andrew

Arizona-based indie studio Kihon Games has announced Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson has invested a total of $1.5 million in the firm.

Delivered via venture capital firm Signia Ventures, both Thompson and Signia’s entrepreneur-in-residence Dan Fiden will join Kihon’s board of directors as a result of the deal, with the studio set to use the money to fund the release of its second game, Dojo Danger.

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“Since co-founding Playdom, I’ve been dedicated to working with the best mobile and social gaming companies to improve the quality of these games,” said Thompson, who has previously invested in Funzio, Idle Games and Wild Needle.

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UA Innovation Day Recognizes Faculty & Student Researchers

UA honors innovators for ideas to save lives

Tom Beal Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:00 am

A veteran pathologist and a young microbiologist were named “Innovators of the Year” at a ceremony Tuesday at the University of Arizona.

The annual awards go to a student and faculty member for translating ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.

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UA Innovation Day Recognizes Local Researchers



Local Researchers Recognized At UA Innovation Day

Story By Fernanda Echavarri

March 6, 2012

On any given day, University of Arizona researchers and their students are working long hours building optical devices and traffic signal readers, studying dust particles in the air we breathe, analyzing water needs and evaluating natural compounds for medical value.

Some of these researchers were recognized during the 9th annual Innovation Day event on the Tucson campus Tuesday.

This year’s event, titled “Thinking the Impossible,” featured the research of professors in agriculture, optical sciences and engineering.

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Innovation Day at the University of Arizona



Media Release – February 21, 2012 – Media inquiries

Jessa B. Turner ● Media & Public Relations Coordinator ● (520) 382-2485 ●

UA at the Leading Edge – Innovative Research Creating New Technology for the World

(Tucson, Arizona) On Tuesday, March 6, the University of Arizona (UA) will host its ninth annual Innovation Day at the UAThe event celebrates the UA’s success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students, staff, and faculty.

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