Welcome to Innovation Arizona… your axis of innovation.

Arizona has fostered the innovative spirit in technology and startups for generations. That passion for innovation lives on in the Grand Canyon state, where an ongoing investment in the most talented entrepreneurs and cutting-edge technology is bringing to market products that are literally changing the world.

Today, Arizona is raising the bar — driving its success with lower taxes, a less regulating state government, and top entrepreneurial programs.

Arizona is a proven hot spot for innovators and entrepreneurs to start, expand and thrive. Join us.


"Arizona fosters the world's emerging technologies, encouraging and supporting business creativity and growth. We're a nationally recognized Best Place for Business for a reason. Join us in Arizona. "


Resources Innovation Az


Learn about start up assistance, research centers, incubators, and university resources.

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Tech Community

Arizona’s tech community is made up of passionate innovation supporters. Become a part of Arizona’s growing innovation ecosystem.

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Funding Innovation Az


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Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Winners

• 01.26.2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winners of its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition that awards talented entrepreneurs capital to grow their businesses, advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.

San Francisco-based Revel Systems Expands with New Scottsdale Office

• 01.21.2015

Revel Systems, the world’s leading iPad Point of Sale platform, today announced it has expanded operations into Arizona through a new Scottsdale office. The company will create 160 new jobs during the next three years to drive its global sales growth.

Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Finalists

• 01.20.2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition.

Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority Announce 64 Startups Selected for Venture Madness Competition

• 01.9.2015

It’s game time: 64 of the most promising startup ventures in the southwest have been selected to compete in the second annual Venture Madness pitch competition, representing 23 different industries and three states, including Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge

• 12.2.2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.

APAC Announces Major Expansion in Arizona, Will Bring 1,100 Jobs

• 11.24.2014

APAC, a leader in global customer care solutions, is expanding operations at its three Phoenix and Tucson area offices, bringing more than 1,100 jobs to Arizona’s Sun Corridor over the next three years.

Tractor Supply Company Announces Plans for a New Distribution Center in Arizona

• 11.17.2014

Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the U.S., today announced plans to build a 650,000-square-foot Southwest Distribution Center in Casa Grande, Ariz., with plans to hire 250 employees to support the company’s western expansion.

Science and Technology Innovation Winners Announced at Arizona Technology Council’s 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

• 11.13.2014

The Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards  presented by Avnet, Inc.

Zenefits Opens New Office in Scottsdale, Will Create 1,300 Jobs

• 11.12.2014

San Francisco-based Zenefits, the free, cloud-based human resources technology company that automates and eliminates time-consuming paperwork for small and medium-sized businesses, announced plans to create more than 1,300 new full-time jobs with the launch of its new office in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Orion Health Opens Development Center in Scottsdale, Arizona

• 11.6.2014

Orion Health, a leading population health management company, today announced the opening of its new development center in Scottsdale. The Orion Health ‘Center of Excellence’ will serve as the company’s North American research and solution center, supporting big data analytics technology development, focused on providing decision support to clinicians and patients, and solution support for clients’ population health initiatives.

State of Arizona Opens Trade and Investment Office in Mexico

• 10.7.2014

The State of Arizona today announced the strategic expansion of its presence and investment in Mexico with the launch of the Arizona State Trade and Investment Office. The grand opening of the Arizona office located in Mexico City was the culminating event of an Arizona-led trade mission conducted this week to strengthen the state’s relationship with its number No. 1 trading partner.

GoDaddy Sets New Workplace Standard with State-of-the-Art Facility in Arizona

• 10.7.2014

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, officially opened the GoDaddy Global Technology Center in Tempe. The new facility supports more than 1,100 colleagues, including engineers, developers and corporate staff, along with small business consultants at the 150,000-square-foot facility located in the ASU Research Park.

Governor Jan Brewer Proclaims October Arizona Manufacturers Month

• 10.1.2014

Governor Jan Brewer today announced her proclamation to establish October as Arizona Manufacturers Month. In its second year, this annual Arizona initiative highlights the state’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem, innovative companies and the industry’s role in propelling Arizona’s economy into its next era of growth. is a hub of information about Arizona manufacturing and provides information about events scheduled throughout the month.

Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Technology Council Launch the new TechConnect: Arizona’s Technology Magazine

• 09.16.2014

The Arizona Commerce Authority in partnership with the Arizona Technology Council today announced the launch of TechConnect: Arizona’s Technology Magazine. The new blog and digital e-magazine formats at showcase Arizona companies, leaders and stories of innovation.

Finalists and Select Winners Announced for the Arizona Technology Council’s 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

• 08.27.2014

The Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced Student and Teacher Awards as well as Individual Award winners and Company Award finalists for the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) awards presented by Avnet, Inc. In its eleventh year, GCOI will be held on November 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, in the West Building, third floor from 4-8 p.m.

Accolade Opens New Office in Scottsdale to Support Growing Customer and Consumer Demand

• 08.25.2014

Accolade, a technology-enabled consumer engagement company dedicated to improving the healthcare experience while also lowering costs, has expanded its operations with the opening of a new office in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company expects the office to employ more than 300 by the end of 2016.

GM hiring 1,000 after opening of Chandler tech center • 08.22.2014

The Detroit-based company on Friday formally announced the opening of its fourth national IT center, which will employ 1,000 workers in the southeast Valley (Greater Phoenix-area) as the U.S. economy continues a shift toward knowledge-based jobs in science and engineering.

Business leaders: Arizona has what it takes to thrive. • 08.15.2014

The ACA reports 17,154 quality new jobs created in fiscal 14. Impressive job totals are just part of the story. Chief Executive Magazine in May ranked Arizona as a Top-10 place to do business in the nation.

Startup central: Arizona a top business grower • 08.11.2014

Entrepreneurship and innovation in Arizona have led to successful businesses that are meeting everyday needs of residents and businesses.

Silicon Valley Bank Continues Expansion in Arizona

• 07.30.2014

California-based Silicon Valley Bank today announced its continued expansion in Arizona, with the addition of 250 jobs at its Tempe corporate operations over the next three years. Additionally, the company has committed to lend or invest $100 million to tech and life science companies based in Arizona over the next five years.

Silicon Valley Bank Plans to hire 250 in Arizona, Makes $100M available to high-growth startups • 07.30.2014

The California bank expands in Arizona and plans to boost innovation in the state by making $100 million available to high-growth companies.

Phoenix ranks as Top 5 best city for small business • 07.23.2014

The National Federation of Independent Business has identified the top five U.S. cities for opening and operating a small business. Phoenix occupies the fifth spot on the list.

Phoenix tech is scorching

USA Today • 06.23.2014

The "Silicon Desert," as locals call it, is thriving, with start-ups taking advantage of the lower cost of living, tight-knit community and talent from one of the nation's largest schools — Arizona State University —  to help sprout new tech ideas.

Weebly Opens North American Customer Operations Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona

• 06.4.2014

Weebly, a global service that lets everyone create a high-quality website, has signed a 25,000-square-foot office lease in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the company’s North American customer operations headquarters. Weebly plans to bring more than 250 new positions to the city over the next three years.

Phoenix is the 8th best city for new grads • 06.3.2014

Phoenix ranks 9th on Forbes list of American cities with the fastest growing information sectors • 05.28.2014

The Phoenix metro area ranks ninth on a new Forbes list of American cities with the fastest-growing information sectors. Close to 2 percent of the jobs in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area are information jobs, according to the list.

From the ACA Blog

Fostering business expansion in Arizona

Mar 13, 2014
T.J. Jennings, Vice President, Capital Strategies, Arizona Commerce Authority 

Arizona actively engages its entrepreneurs with strategic programs to assist in their expansion. The Arizona Innovation Accelerator Fund (AIAF) program is one example of this strategic support. The AIAF program provides debt financing to expanding Arizona businesses that need resources to capitalize on market opportunities.

Innovation in the "Silicon Desert"

Feb 6, 2014
Pat Sullivan, Co-Founder & CEO • Contatta

I love Entrepreneurs. I love Arizona. And I absolutely love Arizona entrepreneurs. The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is one of the reasons Arizona is ranked first in the nation for entrepreneurial activity. The ACA has a three-pronged approach of “recruit, grow, create,” and though Contatta supports everything the ACA is doing, it’s in their efforts to “grow” and “create” that Contatta and the ACA are most closely aligned.

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