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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.


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.


Venture Madness Application Window Open

October 27, 2016
Application window open

Please see event link for additional event details.



Capitol Conversations - A Morning with State Legislators

December 8, 2016
Arizona State Capitol State Senate

Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and its public affairs experts for an opportunity to engage with our state's decision makers before the start of the 2017 legislative session.


Learn about the significant changes the PATH Act accomplished for the tax year of 2016, related to Research and Development Tax Credits! Most R&D activities aren’t found in a lab…

At this Lunch and Learn you’ll learn:
1. What does making the R&D tax credit Permanent mean?
2. Positive Changes in the criteria for eligibility!
3. How medium & smaller businesses can or should benefit!
4. Startups can now improve cash flow by using the new rules to use Credits!
5. For many company shareholders, AMT may no longer be an issue in using the credit!


Patent litigation is a complex, expensive, and disruptive undertaking. Regardless of whether a business is fighting to protect its valuable intellectual property rights, or is facing a “demand letter” from an unfamiliar source, knowing what to expect will enable you to chart a sensible course through this intersection of law and economics. This presentation will serve as a basic primer on patent litigation, separating the myths from reality.  It will cover pre-suit strategic choices, through litigation in different (and sometimes multiple) venues, through loaded decisions regarding case resolution and licensing. Then, the presentation will highlight recent trends in patent litigation, including seismic changes in the law from both Congress and the courts, and what it all means for businesses working to protect their novel ideas and economic interests.


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.


Cybersecurity Lunch Forum

December 15, 2016
ASU SkySong

The Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) and Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA)/Arizona InfraGard will host the Cybersecurity Lunch Forum on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at ASU SkySong. The Cybersecurity Lunch Forum is an opportunity for government and business leaders to learn about the threats, vulnerabilities and consequences related to data security and privacy matters. Join the Council for this educational forum that provides actionable solutions, as numerous real world practitioners’ discuss their available resources and experiences geared toward helping protect your intellectual property and customer data.


This workshop will provide information for small business owners with annual revenues below $2 million, looking for traditional bank financing between $10,000 and $500,000. It will cover the current banking industry requirements on topics like underwriting, credit, and profitability. Handouts will be provide.


 A full day of advice and discussion around building your company on a solid legal and regulatory foundation, raising funds successfully and legally and avoiding common missteps that distract and derail new businesses.

Lunch is provided and there will be a VC or angel guest speaker at lunch, soon to be announced, who will talk about the local fund raising market and recent deals.


With the expansion of the digital age, everyone is talking about the changes to social media platforms and how to promote your business online… but what about the rest of media? As a result, newsrooms are becoming smaller and editors are receiving hundreds (if not thousands) of pitches a week.

Find out how you can grab an editor’s attention while also learning about the different ways to work effectively with public relation firms. A panel of media experts, which includes AZ Big Media Editor In Chief Michael Gossie and public relations professionals, will offer advice and tips to help you promote your business better. By working effectively with the media, you’ll learn what journalists look for when generating story ideas and analyzing outside story pitches.


Unwind and socialize with hundreds of local professionals and entrepreneurs right after work.You’ll make great connections in a fun and relaxed atmosphere while expanding your network of contacts to help fuel your own career or business goals. Network locally with America’s premier face-to-face networking organization which holds nearly 70 events across the country each month. Grab your business cards then get out and network with Network After Work.


The Spark

January 20, 2017
Sky Song

We are creating a process for aspiring intrapreneurs to hone their skills through intensive practice, so that when opportunities arise they know they are sharp enough to slice through whatever comes at’em. we call it Sharpn.

We have developed an event called the SPARK which gives aspiring intrapreneurs the tools and skills needed to validate ideas. We then provide them with an introduction to systems thinking. We also help them build communication skills and realize the importance of leadership. The most important part of the day is showing them how to overcome the fear of failure while forging a strong positive mindset.


Connect2STEM 2017

January 28, 2017
University of Arizona College of Medicine

The Art of Vending

January 29, 2017
Burton Barr Central Library3

This free event is designed to help small businesses and vendors learn how to maximize the opportunity to increase sells, market their brand and gain customers when "vending."

Are you starting a new venture, but aren’t sure how to stand out? Are you a seasoned Entrepreneur, but your marketing efforts aren't giving you the ROI you expect? Is it time to create a brand and a digital footprint that tell your company's message and connect with customers? The Social Colony Success Academy Branding Workshop is just the thing for entrepreneurs, bloggers, and creatives.
Over the three-day workshop, we’ll provide you with the up-to-date training you need to create your digital footprint in this digital age.  

IRC 2-Day Boot Camp

February 4, 2017
Seed Spot

This 2 Day Boot Camp is in partnership with the International Rescue committee and provides entrepreneurial training fro Refugee Entrepreneurs. To learn more about how to get involved with this program, reach out to Lauren@seedspotphoenix.org.



Leaders of the Phoenix Entrepreneurial Ecosystem come together in an interactive round table format to discuss working with the local media to get additional exposure for women owned businesses and change the Phoenix culture around female entrepreneurship.


PHX Startup Week, started by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, is a week-long, Valley-wide showcase and celebration of Arizona’s entrepreneur community. Started in 2015, our shared mission is to serve current and future Arizona entrepreneurs with quality content and meaningful connections.


Are you a small business owner? Nonprofit leader? Visionary? Entrepreneur? Maker? Problem solver? Person with an idea? Do you aspire to change your local community, or even the world? Do you have a product, idea, business, or technology innovation you want to grow? Are you looking to connect with others, gain valuable resources, and learn new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting? If you answered yes to any of these questions, ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation (E+I) Community Workshops may be for you!


2017 Medtech Conference

February 23, 2017
Speer Education

Join the Arizona Technology Council for its inaugural MedTech Conference bringing together healthcare innovators, influential policy-makers, and other healthcare service professionals committed to promoting and supporting the industry in a uniquely multifaceted environment designed to showcase Arizona’s innovative medical technology.  The MedTech Conference seeks to advance industry discussion from key perspectives through expert panel sessions, keynote speakers, and product exhibits to provide opportunities in education, business development, capital formation, and networking. 


Middle and High School students who have a problem they need solved, want to learn more about start-up culture, love coding or design or just bringing an awesome team together - this is YOUR EVENT. 

Building on the nationally recognized StartUp Weekend model and pivoting it for students, the CO+HOOTS Foundation has brought together entrepreneurs and experts, volunteers and community leaders to offer students a glimpse into what it takes to build a company and a product from scratch. 


Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, pits 64 of the most promising startups against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition. Think you’ve got what it takes? 


General Boot Camp

March 13, 2017
Seed Spot

This Boot Camp is designed to be an introduction to entrepreneurship for anyone working on an idea.


Raising Capital Program

March 20, 2017
Seed Spot

This program will take place every Monday and Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. You can learn more about this program's offering on Program page. 


Boots to Business REBOOT- 2 day event

March 29, 2017
GateWay Community College

THIS IS A 2-DAY, Full Day Event in PHOENIX, AZ

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. Nationwide registration: http://boots2business.org/reboot/