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December 18, 2013 09:00 ET

Contatta Wins Prestigious Arizona Innovation Challenge

Contatta Recognized as a Disruptive Startup, Receives $250,000 Grant Award From the Arizona Commerce Authority

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - December 18, 2013) - Contatta, the visionary new company co-founded by Pat Sullivan of ACT! and SalesLogix acclaim, today announced it is a winner of the Arizona Commerce Authority's (ACA) Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) -- a bi-annual business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge.

The ACA commits $3 million annually to the Arizona Innovation Challenge -- $1.5 million awarded in both the spring and the fall. Companies receiving awards will be required to commercialize their technology and generate revenue within the following 12 months.

"Contatta is an Arizona startup proud to be part of the Silicon Desert -- a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem with world-class resources and talent," said Sullivan, CEO. "We are honored that the judges and ACA share Contatta's vision and recognize that Contatta is poised to change the way business people communicate forever. We will use these funds to launch and further expand Contatta as a high-growth tech innovator."

"Arizona's investment in these talented entrepreneurs and high growth-potential companies contributes to a stronger and more dynamic high-tech ecosystem, one that will continue to diversify our state's innovation economy and attract additional capital investment," said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. "Contatta is among the best-in-class companies that exemplifies these qualities, we congratulate them and all of this year's winners."

Contatta was selected from 180 applications in the Fall 2013 round of the AIC. Applications are assessed on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact. More information on the Arizona Innovation Challenge can be found at

About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create -- recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Visit for more.

About Contatta
Founded with the purpose of creating a system that business teams will actually love to use, Contatta has already generated buzz among industry insiders and influencers in the business and technology community.

Contatta's mission is to lead the market by bringing together all of the ways business people make contact, going beyond traditional business tools. In short, giving business teams a digital interactive workspace they'll want to use because it saves time and makes it easier for them to do what they want to do most: make contact.

Located in Phoenix's Silicon Desert, Contatta streamlines all the way business people make contact. Please join the conversation at or on Facebook, LinkedIn and on Twitter @Contatta.

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