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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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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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Spring 2016 Arizona Innovation Challenge

• 04.6.2016

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2016 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.

ZipRecruiter, Governor Ducey Announce Opening of Sales and Customer Success Hub in Tempe, Arizona

• 04.4.2016

ZipRecruiter, the market-leading hiring platform for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today announced the expansion of the company’s sales and customer service operations, which will be located in Tempe, Arizona at Hayden Ferry Lakeside.

Arizona Success Stories

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Clear Demand

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Recoleta

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Photon