Programs: ARIZONA INNOVATION CHALLENGE

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

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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

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

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AWARDEES

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

ANSWERS (FAQS)

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

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Arizona ARIZONA INNOVATION CHALLENGE: In The News

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 AZCommerce.com Connecting all things Entrepreneurial in Arizona

• 03.5.2015

The ACA today launched its new Start Up section at AZCommerce.com 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 ACA Blog

VC money is flowing into Arizona's ed tech sector

May 25, 2015
 

Start-ups in Arizona’s booming education technology sector are attracting investment dollars by the millions. Yes, the Grand Canyon State has built a robust ed tech ecosystem, where a mix of large and small companies are flourishing.

Revving up manufacturing innovation in Arizona

Apr 21, 2015
 

The offshoring trend is on the decline and advanced manufacturing jobs are making a return to the U.S. According to the White House, the manufacturing sector added more than 700,000 jobs since February 2010, the fastest pace of job growth since the 1990s.

Arizona Success Stories

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Clear Demand

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Recoleta

Arizona Innovation Challenge Winner: Photon