Venture Ready Accelerator Program

The Venture Ready Accelerator Program is the Arizona Commerce Authority’s business mentor program that connects Arizona talent with its incredibly rich resources. The Venture Ready Accelerator helps startups refine their business plans, improve go-to-market execution strategies and increase investor readiness.






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Venture Ready Accelerator portfolio companies must apply to the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), one of the largest business plan competitions in the country. After becoming an AIC awardee, early-stage ventures flow into the Venture Ready Accelerator. 


Venture Ready portfolio companies are paired with an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)  who provides one-on-one coaching through five mandatory panels focused on key business objectives designed to commercialize innovations. The panels focus on intake, marketing, finance, dry run and final/graduation. In each panel, the company pitches its business model to a team of CEOs and professional experts and receives specific points of feedback that identify gaps and strategic opportunities.


In partnership with statewide organizations and companies, Venture Ready is a connective resource for the Arizona startup community to strengthen Arizona’s innovation ecosystem – ensuring small businesses can expand through all stages of development.

Gregg Scoresby, Founder & CEO, CampusLogic

“As an entrepreneur scaling a tech company, place matters -- and Arizona provides incredible talent, connectivity and resources.”

James Butler, CEO, HJ3 Composite Technologies

“Venture Ready has been an amazing experience for all of us at HJ3...As a result, we have progressed from a $50 Million dollar vision to a $1 Billion vision, and we are quickly putting in place a platform to launch to that higher plane.”