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Arizona Innovation ChallengeAPPLY

The Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) brings new and exciting opportunities to Arizona entrepreneurs, granting up to 10 awardees up to $150,000. Each awardee will be enrolled in the Arizona Commerce Authority's premier mentor-led accelerator, Venture Ready Accelerator, as well as exposure to investors, business executives, successful startup CEOs, and media. 


If you applied for a previous round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge, you can still access past results and feedback here. You may also review previous application documents to learn more about the application process for a future Challenge.

2023 Arizona Innovation Challenge Application

Applications for the 2023 Arizona Innovation Challenge are now closed.


Applicants are highly encouraged to review the first-round judging rubriceligibility requirementsguidelines and stages of the Arizona Innovation Challenge.

2023 Arizona Innovation Challenge Schedule


  • August 1, 2023: First-Round Applications Open
  • August 31, 2023: First-Round Applications Close
  • September 5, 2023 - September 30, 2023: First-Round Judging
  • October 4, 2023: Semifinalists Announced
  • October 4, 2023: Semifinalist Applications Open
  • October 17, 2023: Semifinalist Applications Close
  • October 19 - November 9, 2023: Semifinalist Judging Period
  • November 14, 2023: Finalists Announced
  • November 17, 2023: Final Pitches
  • December 1, 2023: Awardees Announced

Application Information Workshop

The ACA 2023 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) application window is now open through August 31, 2023. Watch the Application Workshop Webinar to learn more about the AIC competition, the application process, tips for a successful application and an overview of the judges' evaluation criteria.