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Fall 2017 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. The schedule for the Fall 2017 season is as follows:*

Round 1 Application Window – August 14 to September 8

Round 1 Judging – September 18 to October 13

Semifinalists Announced – October 19

Semifinalists Application Window – October 19 to November 10

Semifinalists Judging – November 13 to December 1

Finalists Announced – Week of December 11

Finalists Pitches – Week of December 13

Winners Announced – Week of December 18

*Note: All dates are approximate and subject to change.

Application Support & Workshops

To help applicants submit competitive applications, we are offering a series of workshops, which applicants are encouraged to attend:

AIC Information Session & Application Workshop - Phoenix
Tuesday, August 15 @ 10am – 12 noon

located at 515 E Grant St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

* Please use this registration page to facilitate your entry to Galvanize.


AIC Information Session & Application Workshop - Tucson
Friday, August 18 @ 9am – 11 am
Startup Tucson

located at 18 E. Pennington St., Tucson, AZ 85701


If you are unable to attend any of the workshops to get real-time answers to your questions, you are welcome to view a recording of our application workshop from last season.

Application Videos

Both videos have the same content, but with different views.


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.