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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.

The ACA is overseen by a public-private sector board composed of Arizona leaders in business and policy. The board is overseen by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and co-chaired by Brian Mueller, President and CEO of Grand Canyon University. Joining them on the board is a group of prestigious private-sector business leaders, elected officials and university presidents.

The ACA’s executive management team drives the organization’s day-to-day operations, ensuring it maintains focus on the recruitment of quality companies and jobs to the state of Arizona. This team brings together the best and brightest in economic development, management and communications.


West Valley Biz 2 Biz Expo

August 25, 2016
The Wigwam Ballroom

Hosted by all six West Valley Chambers of Commerce at the historic Wigwam resort, the 2016 Biz 2 Biz expo offers an unparalleled opportunity for all businesses throughout the West Valley and beyond to showcase their products and services to hundreds of decision makers and buyers.


Marketing Mix

August 25, 2016
Phoenix College Downtown Campus

How to attract and retain Customers?

Every business can benefit from good Marketing as it does not only bring more sales, but also create brand awareness. This course will cover the marketing mix in general, while the second half will focus more on marketing research and how to price right.


Developing A Powerful Capability Statement

August 25, 2016
255 East Osborn Road, Room 1, First Floor Phoenix, Arizona 85012

The Phoenix MBDA Business Center invites you to attend a workshop to learn how to develop a powerful Capability Statement, also known as the Statement of Qualifications – the single most important marketing tool that could make the winning difference when you pursue contracting and procurement opportunities.



Learn patent and trademark basics from Patent and Trademark Resource Center Librarian Peter Grant. Topics covered will include the difference between patents and trademarks, search tools and resources for your patrons.


Youth StartUp Weekend

August 26, 2016
CO+HOOTS Midtown Coworking Space

Closing out our Summer of Innovation at the CO+HOOTS Foundation is an event we have been looking forward to for months: StartUp Weekend…for YOUTH! Middle and High School students who have a problem they need solved, who want to learn more about startup culture, who love coding or design or just bringing an awesome team together – this is YOUR EVENT.


YP Presents: Entrepreneurs Unite!

August 27, 2016
SEED SPOT 2828 North Central Avenue #700, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Are you starting or growing a business? Come learn about resources in the Valley from experts in finance, law and more at Entrepreneurs Unite! This free event includes a panel discussion and skill-building workshop that will leave you empowered to take your biz to the next level.


Savvy Business Owner Conference

August 28, 2016
Saguaro Scottsdale hotel

The Savvy Business Owners Conference is a conference for female business owners who have been in business for at least one year and are ready to meet like-minded gals who want to:

UPLEVEL- stop playing small and uplevel your business

GROW - determine how to grow your business without adding a lot of to dos to your list

SHIFT - shift your mindset from business owner to CEO

FOCUS - focus on what really matters to you and your business

FIND CLARITY - find clarity about what your next steps should be

TAKE ACTION - take action on the big ideas that you have 


NetworkingPhoenix Signature Event

August 29, 2016
Embassy Suites Scottsdale Resort (formerly Chaparral Suites) Conference Center

Join us at the biggest and FREE networking event in Phoenix!

With 1,300+ of Phoenix's finest entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals in attendance, you are bound to make amazing connections! This is the last NetworkingPhoenix Signature Event of 2016, so don't miss your chance to attend this prime networking opportunity.



In order to compete and qualify for the international Smart City Hack Competition in Barcelona, Phoenix contestants must produce a minimum viable product that they will pitch at the Orpheum Theater in October. On August 31st, Coplex will host an incubation event geared towards helping SCH competitors accelerate and further refine their minimum viable product. At this event, Coplex team members will go around and work with interested SCH competitors in one-on-one sessions and offer advice and pointers on how to better shape and define their minimum viable product.

Identifying and understanding financing sources and alternative options can be a daunting task for closely held businesses and start-ups.  Conventional lending requires historical performance, adequate collateral coverage and equity injections that many newer businesses might not be able to provide, have access to, or been able to accumulate.
As a business owner you need to know what options are available and how to leverage them in your favor when approaching your bank with a financing request.

Full-Time Program

September 1, 2016

Every Fall, SEED SPOT works with a set of highly motivated social entrepreneurs for the 14 week Full-Time Program. During the program, entrepreneurs are surrounded by experts, mentors, office space, and access to financing opportunities, to take their businesses to the next level. The Full-Time Program culminates with each Full Time Venture presenting at Demo Day, the largest entrepreneurial event in Arizona.


Fraud and Cybersecurity for Small Business

September 1, 2016
Embassy Suites Phoenix - Tempe

Join the Phoenix Business Journal for our next BizMix at the brand new Moxy Phoenix Tempe near ASU. Network with other local business professionals and take a peek at Marriott's newest, coolest hotel in Tempe!
On Sept. 1, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Tempe, SRP is hosting a free workshop you won't want to miss. Connect with experts as you equip yourself with the knowledge to spot a scam, think like a hacker and protect your business from the deceptive tactics these criminals employ.

Space is limited at this no-cost event.


Please see event link for additional information.




September 7, 2016
2828 North Central Avenue

Join SEED SPOT and the Phoenix Startup Community in welcoming our 7th class of Social Entrepreneurs!


Business Law Series: Creating and Preserving Value in Business

September 7, 2016
Burton Barr Central Library hive@central

This workshop is for new business owners, providing a walkthrough in the preparation to approach investors, auditors and to even prepare for selling one’s own company. You will learn skills to that help you determine the valuation of your company, and review the completeness of your company’s legal documents.


Come learn about our programs and meet Lauren,  SEED SPOT Phoenix Director Entrepreneur Initiatives.

Join us for an overview of the upcoming programs at SEED Spot Phoenix and learn which one is right for you and yoru venture. You'll get some background on SEED SPOT and meet some other AWESOME Entrepreneurs.



Startup Weekend

September 9, 2016
CoLab Workspace

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.


ExporTech in Chandler (Session 2)

September 9, 2016
Chandler City Hall

ExporTech is a nationally recognized program proven to help small and mid-sized companies boost their sales revenues via exports. Representatives from up to eight participating companies attend three full-day sessions where they are exposed to Arizona export experts from diverse subject matter sectors, undergo practical training on key export topics, and receive individualized export coaching. Between sessions, participants work with a program-assigned export coach to conduct market research and refine their international strategies. The end result for each company is a customized and expert-reviewed Export Growth Plan that helps the company to quickly move beyond planning and into pursuing concrete export initiatives aimed at closing actual, profitable export sales.

Cost is $900 per company (includes up to 3 representatives; 50% rebate for Chandler Grads).

Space is limited, contact Michael Winer with the City of Chandler or Kevin O'Shea with the ACA to secure your spot.




September 13, 2016
Fort Mason Center

SOCAP16 will gather impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, corporations, global nonprofits, and other valuable strangers all contributing to a vibrant marketplace for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solutions.


ASBA Speed Networking - (Phoenix)

September 13, 2016
ASBA's Business Education Center

Be our guest for a fast-paced format of networking that allows you to make vital business connections in increments of up to 90 seconds! Get tips from Pro Sales Coach Mike Leeds and learn the craft of fast relevant effective networking.


ASBA Speed Networking (Tucson)

September 13, 2016
Sullivan's Steakhouse

Be our guest at Sullivan's Steakhouse for a fast-paced format of networking that allows you to make vital business connections at 3-minute intervals, maximizing your time and contacts in ONLY 90 MINUTES.



September 14, 2016
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office

Boots to Business: Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered to veterans by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).


Smart City Hack: Mentor Day at CEI: Build Your Pitch/ Pitch Practice

September 14, 2016
CEI Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) will be opening up its network of advisors to support entrepreneurs competing in the Smart City Hack competition. Each month, starting in July, the business incubator will open multiple one-on-one sessions with its business mentors who will help you further your innovation, whether it centers on the business model, the product and/or service, or the pitch presentation. These sessions will be completely voluntary and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis; specific dates and times to be announced.


SRP 2017 Economic Forecast

September 15, 2016
JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Please join the Phoenix Business Journal and SRP for the 2017 Economic Forecast breakfast. National and local speakers unveil what's in store for the year ahead!


Given the diversity of collaborators that comprise the Arizona SciTech Ecosystem, this year’s theme will focus on Arizona’s Future STEM Pathways. From space tourism, UAVs and personalized medicine to cyberdefense, coding and digital design, Arizonans are shaping the world as we know it. This conference will spark important conversations about innovation, talent and education essential in these future pathways by attracting cross sector representation from business and industry, primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools, community and government collaborators.


Buenos Dias Networking Breakfast

September 15, 2016
Mass Mutual

You are invited to attend the sixth bi-annual The UPS Store® Small Business Symposium in conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks.


 Applications must be submitted by September 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm MST.

The Arizona Commerce Authority Center for Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development provides structured training and technical assistance to Arizona’s most notable high-growth potential firms. Program participants will benefit from tools, mentors, resources and peer-to-peer discussion groups.

We are looking for the best and brightest Arizona CEOs who want to sharpen their skills and grow their business to the next level.  Your company must have revenues between $1M and $10M and have high growth potential. If that is you, we encourage you to apply to participate in the Center’s program – the 2nd Cohort CEO Corner Office.

Come learn and expand your network with CEO’s who are intent on growing their businesses, improving their effectiveness and gaining a competitive advantage. We will focus upon five critical concerns - sales and marketing, organizational management, strategic decisions, rapid growth and leadership.

Participants are selected through a competitive application process. 

Cost: $699 or for more information, contact bennettc@azcommerce.com



MentorConnect AZ

September 16, 2016
The Department

While sentiments of ecosystem support vary among PHX startup entrepreneurs, all agree that mentoring is vital to their success. AZTC’s Startup + Entrepreneurship Committee looks to address the ecosystem’s needs by hosting an event that pairs expert mentors from established technology corporations with local startup founders. The primary purpose is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experience and relationships to build better the Arizona tech ecosystem.



September 19, 2016
Vintage 45

Corporate social responsibility is the future of business in Arizona. From printing companies that are employee owned, to restaurants that are striving toward zero waste, to bookstores that advocate for issues they believe in and law firms that have local purchasing commitment, there are countless ways that local businesses are solving problems in our state and are setting good examples for other business owners. The SOCENT Summit will be a day to hear directly from Arizona entrepreneurs about how and why they decided to create change.


Join the Local First Arizona Foundation at a private dinner with Patagonia's Director of Philosophy, Vincent Stanley. Patagonia is widely recognized as a leader in operating a triple bottom line company that focuses on people and planet while turning a profit. Stanley will share the story of how Patagonia started, why they built a values-based company and where they are headed.


Entrepreneurship and design thinking have been parallel and symbiotic processes for the past decade. They both provide an iterative process for solving real world problems. Entrepreneurship entails creating solutions to real life problems by synthesizing new and existing information and resources, and the design thinking process is a human-centered approach to innovative problem solving. Though defined and described in many ways, the design thinking process entails five key steps: developing empathy for your users, defining problems that the users face, generating ideas for solutions, prototyping solutions, and finally, testing your solutions. Both of these parallel processes can be applied to expose, inform, and address nearly any problem, large or small.


DATOS Sponsor Reception

September 20, 2016
Burton Barr Library

Join AZHCC as we celebrate the inauguration of DATOS to the Arizona Room research collection in the Burton Barr Library. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of DATOS.


White Hat Investors 2016

September 21, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

Join us to meet a new generation of biotech and healthcare pioneers at  White Hat Investors 2016, the first annual biotech and healthcare investor conference that showcases the best of the Rocky Mountain & Southwest Region at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.


2016 AZBio Awards

September 21, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

Join us for an inspirational celebration of the best of Arizona’s Bioscience Industry.


The Arizona Technology Council and the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) teamed up on the September Council Connect signature luncheon to bring entrepreneurs, marketers and innovative professionals an in-depth session on integrating video marketing into your marketing strategy.


Are you interested in taking your small business to the next level? Please join Accion and The Hartford for a Round Robin Small Business Event in Phoenix on Wednesday, September 21. At this event, you will have the chance to network with other local business owners, share ideas, and gain valuable advice from some of Phoenix's best small business experts.

Business experts will be available to answer your small business questions during our group discussions about important topics including: financing and credit building, insuring and protecting your business, social media/marketing, legal advice, and sales and distribution.


PADT Design Days (1)

September 21, 2016
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

PADT Design Days at CEI brings the best product experts to help you improve the design, production, protection and commercialization of your innovations. Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) engineers will be available to offer one-on-one assistance with all your product development needs, and you can also meet with intellectual property attorneys, SBIR / STTR innovation grant specialists and more!


Beneficial Microbes-2016

September 22, 2016

The main theme of the conference is “Exploiting Power of Microbes for the Industrial Development.”


2016 Arizona Nonprofit EXPO

September 24, 2016
Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park

Join us Saturday, September 24th for the 2016 AZ NonProfit Expo!  Meet some of the valley's charitable organizations, find volunteer opportunities, learn from today's industry leaders, network, and build alliances within the social services sector in the state of Arizona!



September 26, 2016
Cochise College Downtown CenterJames

Boots to Business: Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered to veterans by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).

The program provides assistance to veterans exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan.

Participants are also introduced to SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.


DATOS: Focus on the Hispanic Market

September 27, 2016
Arizona Biltmore

This year we will release the 20th version of DATOS: The State of Arizona's Hispanic Market, our annual report on the latest economic trends shaping the Hispanic market in Arizona and nationwide.

The trends highlighted in DATOS speak to a new and vibrant socio-economic paradigm with far-reaching implications for the multicultural consumer, entrepreneurial marketplace, and corporations across the state and country. Local business leaders and public policy makers directing economic development can utilize the information produced in DATOS to help shape future business plans.


Save the date to join the Arizona Technology Council and TEKSystems for our Fall Women in the Workforce of Southern Arizona luncheon.


Forever in CO+HOOTS

September 30, 2016
221 East Indianola Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012

It's time! CO+HOOTS Midtown is officially open and we are going to celebrate like it's 2016! This will be the biggest bash we have ever thrown because we've got a lot to celebrate. We'd love for you to join us in the celebration of one big year for us -- our 6-year anniversary, our new space, and the congregation of the valley's entire startup community. Join us in the celebration of all of these great things and hear about our vision for the future in our new 14,000 sq ft forever home in Midtown.


ReferenceUSA Demonstration

October 4, 2016
State Library of Arizona Con Cronin Commons
The State Library of Arizona has ReferenceUSA, the premier online research and reference tool for area business professionals, government agencies, sales reps, marketing professionals, government t agencies, entrepreneurs, job seekers…….
Get fast and easy access to details on more than 43 million U.S. businesses and more than 260 million U.S. residents.  Information includes; company name, address, phone, executive contact names, employee size, sales volume, SIC and NAICS codes, credit ratings, etc…..

East Valley Business Expo

October 5, 2016
Mesa Convention Center

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the East Valley Business Expo
Learn from tons of exhibitors about new products & services to help your business grow!
Network and mingle with other business professionals.
Establish new contacts
Attend workshops and seminars
Be in the same place as other professionals in your industry
Be in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time


Hacks for Humanity 2016

October 8, 2016
Arizona State University - Stauffer Hall B. on Tempe Campus

Hacks for Humanity, sponsored by Project Humanities at Arizona State University (ASU), is a 36-hour competitive hackathon for the social good that challenges participants to create technological solutions and initiatives to address local and global issues by implementing the seven Humanity 101 principles: kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, and self-reflection.


World Digital Pathology Congress

October 10, 2016
Manchester UK

The World Digital Pathology Congress, which is going to be held during October 10-11, 2016 at Manchester,UK, organized by Conferenceseries LLC Conferences will bring together world class pathologist, researchers, professors and scientists to discuss strategies and advancements in Digital Pathology. Conferenceseries LLC Organizes 300+ conferences, 500+workshops and 200+symposiums on Clinical, Medicine, Pharma and Science & Technology every year across USA, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Australia and UK with support from 1000 more scientific societies and Publishes 500 open access journals which contains over 30000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.


Economic Outlook 2017

October 11, 2016
The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Cox Communications are proud to present Economic Outlook 2017. Top economic experts Jim Huntzinger and Elliott Pollack will provide insights into the local, national and global economies you can't get anywhere else. Ensure that your company is in the know about what challenges and opportunities lie ahead and is prepared for success heading into the New Year.


SAVE THE DATE! - 2016 ADOT Statewide DBE and Small Business Conference

October 12, 2016
Prescott Resort and Conference Center

The 2016 ADOT Statewide DBE & Small Business Conference will be held in beautiful Prescott this year at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center and will continue with programs that are relevant to DBE firms, prime contractors, consultants, and local sub-recipients.

The conference program will include discussions on future ADOT projects, relevant training to DBE's, other small businesses and Primes. Networking opportunities abound with a variety of exhibitors that will help you take advantage of business opportunities within and outside of ADOT.


Integrity Summit 6

October 13, 2016
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa - Wildflower Ballroom

Join us for powerful presentations by: Governor Doug Ducey, Jerry Colangelo, Sharon Harper, Avnet, KPMG, Banner Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ, BBB, Colliers International, Grand Canyon University, Centurylin, Republic Media, Xerox, TriWest Healthcare, Sanctuary Resort, Arizona Commerce Authority, Alliance Bank of Arizona and many more.


Join the Arizona Technology Council on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Tucson Convention Center for the 4th annual Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo.


Small Biz Fall Expo

October 13, 2016
Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects

Join us in the heart of Phoenix's urban-chic Warehouse District at Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects for a fun-filled evening with opportunities to build valuable connections for your business!


Abounding Business Conference 2016

October 13, 2016
TBD Phoenix/ Scottsdale

It’s time to unleash your business success! The Abounding Business Conference is unlike ANY business event ever created. This is THE event to empower YOU to grow your business exponentially and onto Massive Profits. If you’re ready to enjoy the life you’ve always dreamed of living... turning your passions into profits and fulfilling your true purpose in life — then this is your one MUST-ATTEND event of 2016.


ExporTech in Chandler (Session 3)

October 14, 2016
Chandler City Hall

ExporTech is a nationally recognized program proven to help small and mid-sized companies boost their sales revenues via exports. Representatives from up to eight participating companies attend three full-day sessions where they are exposed to Arizona export experts from diverse subject matter sectors, undergo practical training on key export topics, and receive individualized export coaching. Between sessions, participants work with a program-assigned export coach to conduct market research and refine their international strategies. The end result for each company is a customized and expert-reviewed Export Growth Plan that helps the company to quickly move beyond planning and into pursuing concrete export initiatives aimed at closing actual, profitable export sales.

Cost is $900 per company (includes up to 3 representatives; 50% rebate for Chandler Grads).

Space is limited, contact Michael Winer with the City of Chandler or Kevin O'Shea with the ACA to secure your spot.


Grant Writing Basics

October 19, 2016
University of Phoenix

This workshop offers a basic introduction to grant writing and is designed for individuals working for nonprofit agencies who are new to the grant writing process. You are welcome to bring current or past grant applications to discuss during the workshop, and you are encouraged to bring your laptop.


Small Business Expo 2016 - Phoenix

October 20, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

Small Business Expo is THE largest & most anticipated business-to-business networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs & decision-makers.  If you are serious about your business, this Expo is a "MUST ATTEND EVENT."


Phoenix Investor Roundtable

October 20, 2016
Arizona State University Skysong

Interested in meeting early-stage accredited investors in Phoenix? Then register for the FundingPost Investor RoundTable to be held on October 20, 2016. FundingPost has hosted 300+ sold-out venture events in 23 cities over the past 15 years.

 At our next Phoenix event, FundingPost will continue our sold out series where we bring in panels of local and out-of-town investors will focus on pitching to early-stage investors. We have investors from Silicon Valley, Southern CA and Seattle along with local investors where we will introduce them to AZ entrepreneurs and discuss what it really takes to get them to write you a check!

 We will be discussing the things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention during a pitch, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists during the breaks and networking party!

 The first 25 entrepreneur attendees to sign up will also get the option to pitch their business idea in 60 seconds or less in front of the investor panel and receive feedback as a group from the panel.


TENWEST Festival

October 21, 2016
Downtown Tucson

TENWEST Festival is building the new frontiers of Tucson. Experience a week long celebration where arts, technology, communities, and entrepreneurship cross paths.


Algae Biomass Summit

October 23, 2016
Renaissance Glendale Phoenix Hotel & Spa

The Algae Biomass Summit is the largest algae conference in the world. This is where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists.


This workshop offers in-depth discussion and exercises to help you fine-tune your proposal responses. The workshop is ideal for you if you have previous experience writing proposals for Government contracts, have basic proficiency with Microsoft Word, and want to improve your writing technique. Please note: All course materials, handouts, and exercises are electronic. Laptops are required for participation.


Thrive Conference For Families in Business

October 26, 2016
Grand Canyon University Arena

Join best-selling author, speaker and host of the Thrive Conference, Dr. Randy Carlson, along with an expert guest faculty including Jerry Colangelo, Dr. Kevin Leman, Brian Mueller and many other industry leaders for an exciting day designed to help your family business thrive.



AerospaceDefenseChain Conference

October 27, 2016
Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia

The 2nd Annual AerospaceDefenseChain will focus on key components affecting our industry, and future programs as we seek to balance changing customer demands, global market demographics, economic challenges and consolidation. Emphasis will be on pursuing sustainable growth opportunities and new initiatives.


Venture Madness Application Window Open

October 27, 2016
Application window open

Please see event link for additional event details.



CultureCon 16

October 28, 2016

The Only Conference 100% Dedicated to Company Culture Be part of a community of business leaders who believe in the power of running a business with great company culture. This conference will inspire, educate and collaborate on the best ways your company can leverage its culture. Recruiting should be the byproduct of great culture. Every aspect of your business is impacted by culture.



November 2, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

This conference is focused solely on digital innovation and disruption in channel sales and marketing. The two-day, one-of-a-kind event will feature the leading innovators in digital marketing, sales, SaaS, cloud computing, customer success, business intelligence, and other business-to-business industries.


Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards

November 10, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) is the Arizona Technology Council’s (AZTC) annual awards gala in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) that honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state. The event attracts more than 850 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. 2016 marks the 13th year of this prestigious event.


5th annual Business Diversity Summit

November 15, 2016
Arizona Biltmore

This event spotlights the growing contributions of minority-owned businesses in Arizona and highlights the importance of having comprehensive diversity programs in place for company sustainability and growth. Major components include the presentation of the annual Phoenix Minority Business Enterprise Awards and the induction of local companies into the Arizona Million Dollar  Circle of Excellence [AZ MDCE].


Please click on link for further informaiton.


SBIR/STTR programs are the nation's largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding for small business.
Learn how to participate and compete for funding, engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) and to commercialize your technological innovations.


Solutions Challenge

December 1, 2016
Phoenix Theatre

The Solutions Challenge is an annual competition designed to better align market need, with innovation and early investment to stimulate company formation in novel medical technology.


The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million competition, challenging teams globally, to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. The prize aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies, and spark creative, innovative and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges. To encourage innovation in any form, the competition is an open challenge in AI. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition will invite teams to each declare their own goal and solution to a grand challenge. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a four-year competition with annual milestone competitions in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED 2020.


AZBio Trailblazers 2016

December 15, 2016
Phoenix Country Club

Join AZBio, Members of the Arizona Business and Bioscience Community and Guests for a special luncheon to honor members of the Arizona Legislature and State and Local Elected Officials who have made it possible for the Arizona Bioscience Industry to gain national recognition, build capital infrastructure, and take its place as a leader in both scientific discovery and job growth.