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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 – December 6

Finalists Pitches – December 13

Winners Announced – Week of December 18

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

2017 Fall Semfinalists

Congratulations to the Fall 2017 semifinalists!


View Semifinalists


Applications are closed for Fall 2017. For those who applied, you can still log-in to view results.