Here are Arizona’s 30 most innovative companies for 2021


Arizona is home to some of the most forward-thinking and innovative companies in the country. From medical technology to real estate, engineering, education and manufacturing, Arizona continues to produce and attract some of the country’s most talented leaders. The Arizona Business Innovation Awards, presented by Az Business magazine and sponsored by Keyser, honored Arizona’s 30 most innovative companies on Thursday night at Mountain Shadows.

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Arizona’s 30 Most Innovative Companies were selected by a panel of experts from over 100 companies surveyed.

Arizona’s 30 Most Innovative Companies for 2021

Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio)

How it innovates: AZBio’s small staff and team of volunteers support a growing innovation ecosystem of more than 1,400 innovative life science and health companies that together represent an economic impact of $ 23.16 billion in 2016.

Arizona Federal Credit Union

How he innovates: The Arizona Federal Credit Union’s acquisition of Pinnacle Bank in 2019, as opposed to the acquisition of another credit union, is innovative because it is the first time that an Arizona credit union has acquired a community bank.


How he innovates: CFM is leading the future of banking by connecting recyclers and cash dispensers to teller platforms, enabling Universal Associates with ultra-secure redundancy programs, robust analytics and self-service solutions.


How he innovates: Calero-MDSL automates the technology spend lifecycle, providing full transparency and control – from procurement to payment to optimization – making it easier for businesses to manage resources, save money, and save money. money and streamline day-to-day operations.


How he innovates: Founder Steve Schwab’s position as Managing Partner of Streamline Vacation Rental Software has enabled him to create many innovative technologies and innovations that help the industry be better at customer service.

Design pickles

How he innovates: Design Pickle was the first flat-rate graphic design service to hit the market in 2015. It is the fastest growing graphic design company in the United States, ranked # 345 on the 2019 Inc. list. 5000.


How he innovates: Dubbed the ‘Kayak for Trucking’, Emerge enables shippers to communicate and source from their current suppliers and digital brokers through a one-of-a-kind freight sourcing tool: the Digital Freight Marketplace of Emerge.


How he innovates: Footprint provides sustainable solutions that eliminate single-use and short-term plastics. The company has 244 issued and pending applications with the United States Patent Office, including nine issued patents covering 125 separate inventions.


How he innovates: Freeport-McMoRan was instrumental in developing the Copper Brand, an assurance framework developed to demonstrate the copper industry’s responsible production practices and contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

HOPCo (Health Results Performance Company)

How he innovates: HOPCo is a pioneer in delivering value-based healthcare, a model that rewards healthcare providers for keeping people healthy, providing appropriate care to those in need, and producing better patient outcomes.

Hexagon mining

How he innovates: Hexagon was recognized for its safety excellence at the Mining Technology Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence in the mining sector and spotlight companies that drive change and achieve remarkable achievements.

Technologies in position

How he innovates: In-Position Technologies is a value-added robotic automation company that partners with both suppliers and customers to provide automation solutions. IP Tech is the largest distributor of automated mobile robots in the western United States.

Kitchell Corporation

How he innovates: Kitchell’s creativity shines when it comes to virtual construction. The company’s ViCon develops complex illustrations that allow the preconstruction team to accurately assess materials and processes and identify buildability issues.

Neighborhood businesses

How he innovates: Neighborhood Ventures is the first Arizona company to take advantage of crowdfunding legislation passed in 2015 that allows unaccredited investors to participate in crowdfunded real estate opportunities with as little as $ 1,000.


How it innovates: inDispense is Outlier’s remote pharmacy kiosk designed to provide patients with access to prescription drugs in the doctor’s office, workplace, airport and retail by connecting them with pharmacists via video conferencing and drug delivery.


How he innovates: Paradox’s flagship product is the artificial intelligence assistant Olivia, which was created to reverse the 80% administrative and 20% people rule by freeing HR professionals from the administrative burden to allow them to spend more time there. where it really matters: with talent.

RJ Russo

How he innovates: Since its inception, RJ Russo has continued to pioneer an approach that addresses chronic shortcomings in the manufacturing of prefab buildings that negatively impact consumers and our world as a whole.


How he innovates: Over the past few years, Rosendin has gone from adopting the latest technologies and programs to creating them, with a growing development and innovation team helping to create tailor-made solutions best suited to the industry. electricity.


How he innovates: Innovation is part of the DNA of the Salt River project. In 1917, when the first federal reclamation project was handed over to a local entity, SRP became the innovative model of what reclamation could accomplish in land and infrastructure development.

STORE Capital

How he innovates: STORE Capital’s innovative principal financing solutions are tailored to the unique business needs of each client. STORE strives to fully understand all businesses from the inside out, so they can tailor a primary financing solution to meet the growing needs of each client.

Smart annuity

How he innovates: SmartRent’s innovative solution enables tenants who were previously neglected by the smart home automation revolution to take advantage of remote management of their home and benefit from smart devices that provide convenience, energy and savings.


How he innovates: When you’re plotting your driving route, placing an order at a drive-thru, or checking the value of your mutual fund, there’s a good chance Solugenix was involved in developing the technology that works behind the scenes.

Strong spirit

How he innovates: StrongMind explored innovative ways to engage parents in the education of their students and developed Loud Mouth, an innovative engagement platform that provides parents with relevant and actionable information about their students’ education.

Select Home Care Team

How he innovates: Team Select Home Care’s Family Certified Home Health Aide program enables parents or family members to become certified home health aides, providing them with the opportunity to provide qualified personal care services to their loved ones.

The point of contact solution

How he innovates: TouchPoint Solution is the inventor of the innovative TouchPoints wearable device, two neuroscientific devices that use patent-pending BLAST (Bilateral Alternating Tactile Stimulation) technology to reduce stress by up to 70% in as little as 30 seconds.

TriWest Healthcare Alliance

How he innovates: TriWest Healthcare Alliance was formed as the only company of its kind, with one goal that continues today: to meet the healthcare needs of the military and veteran communities.

Vert-de-Gris Holdings

How he innovates: Verdigris is building a bank to help solve the challenge facing more than 63 million unbanked or underbanked Americans. The Verdigris Account provides customers with their own federally insured digital bank account, managed through a secure app.


How he innovates: Veyo was the first non-emergency medical transport broker to bring the innovative technology found in consumer ridesharing (GPS tracking, driver apps, etc.) and a healthcare-trained rideshare model into the healthcare space. .


How he innovates: Since its inception in 2009 and its mission to bring self-driving cars to the public, Waymo has paved the way for this technology and has spurred an entire industry. The Waymo Driver now powers a number of innovative business applications.

Xcellerate Biomedical Technologies

How he innovates: Xcellerate is a growth and operations team that takes brilliant researchers or formulators, builds a business structure and go-to-market strategy, and puts the right team in place to deliver the product, service or l profitable idea.

In addition to honoring Arizona’s 30 Most Innovative Companies for 2021, the judges also selected five flagship award winners for their outstanding achievement. The winners of the five Spotlight Awards, which were presented by Jonathan Keyser, Founder of Keyser, are:

Disruptor: Waymo

Product: Footprint

Direction: AzBio

Breakthrough: Electric Rosendin

Game changer: Emerge


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