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 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

• 05.11.2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition awarding talented entrepreneurs who are solving today's most challenge problems with technology-based solutions.

Arizona Commerce Authority Launches New Start Up Section of Connecting all things Entrepreneurial in Arizona

• 03.5.2015

The ACA today launched its new Start Up section at as part of its ongoing efforts to align resources, connect partners and strengthen Arizona’s vibrant innovation ecosystem supporting the state’s entrepreneurs.

From the TechConnect Blog

An Arizona bioscience company has created a new form of birth control...for rodents

Jul 13, 2015

Cities with rodent problems no longer need to employ cruel methods as the solution to getting rid of the pests.

Arizona Success Stories

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