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Arizona Innovation Challenge

Twice a year, the Arizona Commerce Authority’s (ACA) Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) awards $1.5 million to the most innovative companies looking to commercialize new technology to create sustainable and growing businesses in the State of Arizona. Winning companies leverage awards of up to $250,000 to grow their businesses and facilitate the state’s economic development goals.

The AIC is a rigorous, four-month process involving intrepid entrepreneurs as well as a small army of volunteer judges drawn directly from the ecosystem of investors, business executives, successful startup CEOs, and business mentors.

Visit this page on details for the next season's Arizona Innovation Challenge. We will post more information related to the challenge schedule as it becomes available. 

Resource Forums

If you applied to the Fall 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge and were not selected as an awardee, we are offering personalized, 30-minute sessions with an AIC judge. Please contact Miguel Jardine at if you have interest in scheduling a session.


 Phoenix AIC Resource Forum
Thursday, January 18 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Arizona Commerce Authority 

located at 118 N 7th Ave, STE 400, Phoenix, AZ 85007


Tucson AIC Resource Forum
Friday, January 19 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

USA Building Room #104/106

220 W 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85071



Application Videos

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Application Instructions

The application for the AIC is submitted online via our Valid Evaluation system. Applicants should review the Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines, register, complete the online application, and submit it before the application deadlines specified above. After each round of judging, applicants should log back in to Valid Evaluation to view their evaluation results including scoring, relative performance metrics, judges’ comments, and a heatmap outlining your strongest areas. 


Registration is not open. Until then, please review your eligibility. 

2017 Fall Awardees

Congratulations to the Fall 2017 awardees! 


View Awardees