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The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the 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 comprised of Arizona leaders in business and policy. The board is overseen by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and co-chaired by Jerry Colangelo, partner of JDM Partners and chairman of USA Basketball. 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.



The Arizona Commerce Authority Center for Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development is a structured training and technical assistance program for 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 $20M and have high growth potential. If that is you, we encourage you to apply to participate in one or both of the Center’s programs – the Seminar Series and the CEO Corner Office.



StartupConnect AZ Pitch Contest

November 25, 2015
ASU SkySong

StartupConnect AZ (startupconnectaz.com) is in its third year and the Arizona Technology Council is looking for 5-7 amazing early-stage startup companies to pitch LIVE during the conference.


Defense Innovation Challenges

December 1, 2015
Austin, Texas

Join global innovation, business and defense leadership as they accelerate state-of-art technology solutions in support of national security and the warfighter.




CoFoundersLab Matchup Phoenix is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find  co-founders, advisers and interns and to build strong, core founding teams.



“35 Entrepreneurs 35 and Younger”

December 2, 2015
Arizona Republic

We’re planning a networking event from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, where those honored as “35 Entrepreneurs 35 and Younger” for 2015 will be recognized. This is the ninth annual group of winners, and we’re inviting back the 2007-2014 winners to meet and mingle as well.
Please RSVP to kathy.tulumello@arizonarepublic.com to attend.




3rd Annual Scottsdale Cure Corridor Event

December 4, 2015
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

This year’s focus is celebrating the innovative technology which is created by companies on the Scottsdale Cure Corridor every day. These companies are breaking new ground in the business, healthcare and bio-life science industries and changing the way business invests in the startup landscape. Venture capital and private development are investing heavily in this new visionary world. Come to the third annual cure corridor event to learn how funding for these companies has changed and learn where it’s going from our exciting keynote speaker Jonathan Fleming of NEHI – The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation.


The New England Venture Summit

December 9, 2015
Hilton, Boston Dedham 25 Allied Drive Dedham, Massachusetts 02026-6147

The 10th annual New England Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.
Whether you are an investor seeking access to new early stage deals, or a CEO or Founder of a new venture looking for funding, visibility and growth, New England Venture Summit is one event you won’t want to miss.


CEI Holiday Mixer

December 9, 2015
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

Come help us wind down 2015 at this networking-style mixer with CEI clients, families, and friends from the community.


AZBio Trailblazers 2015

December 10, 2015
Phoenix Country Club 2901 N 7th Street Phoenix Arizona 85014

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.


Demo Day

December 10, 2015
Orpheum Theater 203 W. Adams Phoenix,AZ 85003

Demo Day is the largest Entrepreneurial event in Arizona! Entrepreneurs each get three minutes to pitch their game-changing solutions to important societal problems and the audience gets to vote on the idea they most believe in!


AZ TechCelerator Relaunch

December 10, 2015
AZ TechCelerator

Please join us in celebrating the relaunch of the AZ TechCelerator, a business incubator owned and operated by the City of Surprise Economic Development Department. We will be unveiling renovations made to the previous city hall campus as well as providing tours during the event.


Biotech Showcase 2016

January 11, 2016
Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco – Union Square

Biotech Showcase™ is an investor and partnering conference devoted to providing private and public biotechnology and life sciences companies with an opportunity to present to, and meet with, investors and pharmaceutical executives in one place during the course of one of the industry’s largest annual healthcare investor conferences. Investors and biopharmaceutical executives from around the world gather in San Francisco during this critical week which is widely viewed as setting the tone for the coming year.

Now in its eighth year, Biotech Showcase 2016 is expected to attract upwards of 2,100 attendees. The program includes lunch plenary sessions featuring top industry leaders and innovators speaking on industry- and time-relevant topics, as well as presentations from both private and public companies.


The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference

January 12, 2016
Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel

The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference is an ongoing conference series that will be establishing a global circuit for early stage life sciences companies to source investors, create relationships, and eventually, get funding. The RESI conference focuses on the diverse breadth of early stage investors that LSN tracks, including Family Offices, Venture Philanthropy Funds, VCs, Angel Groups, Corporate Venture Capital Funds, and more. The RESI Partnering Forum allows fundraising executives to identify and book up to 16 meetings with life science investors who fit their company’s technology sector and stage of development. Additionally, through an expansive series of panels and workshops, attendees will have the chance to hear firsthand accounts from investors explaining their current investment mandates and process for identifying and qualifying candidates.


Women's Bootcamp

January 25, 2016
SEED SPOT 2828 N. Central Avenue 7th Floor, Phoenix,AZ 85004

This is 5-Day Bootcamp to help entrepreneurs launch their dreams. Entrepreneurs are guided through a business model generation curriculm, surrounded by experts, and mentored by community leaders for 5-days.



ASU Spark Tank

February 4, 2016

The Sun Devil Igniter Challenge is open to all ASU students who see the reward in risk and possess the drive to create change through a disruptive, innovative idea. Hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business, this annual event is unlike any other university entrepreneurship competition.


VerdeXchange Arizona 2016

February 17, 2016
Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, 2000 W Westcourt Way, Tempe

The VERDEXCHANGE Arizona conference is structured to enhance and encourage the atmosphere of business – delivers the connections and the time to develop them – arranges personal meetings to take place and can customize introductions when requested.


Startup Grind brings together 3,000 Founders, Investors, and Startup Enthusiasts from around the globe for the most valuable tech event of 2016. Come and learn from over 100 of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, build your skills at a dozen world-class workshops, meet your next investor from the 150+ in attendance from top SV firms, and make more friends than you ever have in 2 days, Feb. 23-24, 2016, in Silicon Valley.


Sports Tank

April 1, 2016
Charlotte, NC

We invite all sports minded entrepreneurs to apply to Sports Tank. If accepted, they will pitch their idea to our investors, as well as the most prominent executives in the sports industry.  

In addition to our group of investors we will have a collection of sports industry executives on hand to form our Sports Advisory Panel. This panel will be available to provide feedback from the sports industry perspective.