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Freeway’s new Startup Ecosystem Dashboard gives entrepreneurs, investors real-time data

Published: 04/05/2024
Updated: 04/07/2024

The dynamic dashboard empowers the Greater Phoenix startup ecosystem with key industry insights

PHOENIX (April 5, 2024) — Today, Freeway proudly announces the launch of the groundbreaking Startup Ecosystem Dashboard, powered by StartupAZ, in collaboration with the City of Phoenix, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). This comprehensive tool marks a pivotal moment in fostering innovation, collaboration and growth in the heart of Greater Phoenix.

As Greater Phoenix strengthens its standing as a premier hub for startups and entrepreneurs, the introduction of the real-time innovation ecosystem dashboard signifies a significant advancement in establishing the region’s burgeoning startup ecosystem as a major player on the national scale. The attraction of investment capital, new ventures, and top-tier talent is fundamental to driving the growth and longevity of Arizona’s innovation-driven economy.

Through this dynamic platform, developed by Dealroom, users can explore the intricacies of Greater Phoenix’s ecosystem, exploring key metrics such as total valuation, startup funding across various stages, emerging industries, and top-performing startups identified through predictive signals. By offering transparency and actionable intelligence, this innovative dashboard will serve as a catalyst for attracting investment dollars, new startups and top-tier talent to the region.

“This dashboard is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation,” said Daniela Santangelo, Director of Community at StartupAZ and Founder of Freeway. “Our aim is to foster transparency, stimulate investment, and facilitate strategic decision-making through a unified platform accessible to all.”

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“Phoenix has a booming startup ecosystem that continues to grow and evolve in many different disciplines. Creating a central location to track information on the startup market, that is easily accessible and has real-time information will only benefit our business community,” said Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay.

“The surge in funding and entrepreneurship activity in Greater Phoenix showcases how the region is becoming a hotbed for prop-tech, edtech, fintech, bioscience and climate tech,” said GPEC President & CEO Chris Camacho. “This dashboard will activate the capabilities of founders and investors to work in tandem and further catalyze sector growth.”

To learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Dashboard and engage with the startup community in Arizona, visit the dashboard here.

About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), globally recognized as a top economic development organization (EDO), works to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix. A data-driven regional EDO, GPEC works with 22 member communities, Maricopa and Pinal counties, and more than 200 private investors to accomplish its mission and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate to Greater Phoenix. Over the past 34 years, GPEC has fueled the regional economy by helping over 980 companies, creating nearly 182,000 jobs and more than $65 billion in capital investment. Greater Phoenix is in a relentless pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial-focused companies looking to thrive and scale in a vibrant, dynamic region. There is an undeniable spirit about Greater Phoenix; one rooted in strength, collaboration and resilience. Greater Phoenix is Greater Together. For more information about GPEC and how we can assist your businesses, visit

About StartupAZ

StartupAZ was formed in 2015 by Mario Martinez II and Brandon Clarke with the mission to help Arizona’s most innovative startups improve their leadership, performance, and connections, while inspiring generosity and philanthropy within their communities. StartupAZ’s cohort-based Founders Collective and its pay-it-forward model with the Generosity Pledge became the bedrock of the organization’s work building a community of early stage company-builders through its performance and generosity flywheel framework.

StartupAZ is proud to have supported over 120 early-stage founders since 2015 – some of whom have gone on to be among the most successful, and generous, tech founders in the region. Learn more at

About Freeway

Freeway Phx, established in 2023, aims to bridge the gap for founders accessing interior markets by aggregating and amplifying startup tech talent, jobs, community events, and resources. Our mission is to help make Phoenix the most accessible large market startup ecosystem in the country. Learn more at