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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.

We are exploring some exciting new modifications to the program that would enable us to provide more effective services to more companies. In listening to stakeholders, judges, service providers, entrepreneurs, and investors, we are evolving our resources to achieve bolder goals. As such, we are postponing this season of the AIC, and will implement the new model in the future.

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! 


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