Welcome to the Arizona Innovation Challenge


Know How Arizona proves it’s the best state in the country for innovation? A $3 million reality check.

The Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), powered by the Arizona Commerce Authority, awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge – $3 million ($1.5 million twice yearly) to the world’s most promising technology ventures. Awards range from $100,000 to $250,000 per company.

The results? A big-time investment in the most talented entrepreneurs. Bringing to market products that are literally changing the way the world works. Driving wealth and job creation for the state of Arizona.

Are you up for the Challenge?

The buzz is building. The world is watching. Your time is now.


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Arizona is a proven hot spot for innovators and entrepreneurs to start, expand and thrive. Join us.

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About Us-AZ Innovation Challenge


The business plan competition awards qualified, innovative start-up and early stage companies capital to grow their business in Arizona.

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Apply-AZ Innovation Challenge


Does your company have what it takes to win the Arizona Innovation Challenge?

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Awardess AZ Innovation Challenge


Hear what previous winners have to say about their awards – anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000 per company.

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FAQ AZ Innovation Challenge


Have questions? Check out the top questions and answers here.

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Rogers Corporation To Relocate Global Headquarters To Arizona

• 08.8.2016

Rogers Corporation, a global leader in engineered materials solutions, announced today it will relocate its global headquarters from Rogers, Connecticut to Chandler, Arizona. 

ZipRecruiter surpasses Tempe hiring goal in under 1 year

Phoenix Business Journal • 08.3.2016

ZipRecruiter, an employer-employee job matching website, has outgrown its first Tempe location and is ready to scale up four-fold. The increase in hiring and floorspace comes after only a matter of months operating in the Phoenix market.

From the TechConnect Blog

Arizona SciTech Kickoff Event Attracts 1,200 Attendees and 80 Organizations

Sep 23, 2016

Drones, hackathons, robotics, coding and autonomous vehicles were just a few of the reasons tech types from all over the state gathered this month at the 6th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff.

Arizona Success Stories

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Clear Demand

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Recoleta

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Photon