With a rapidly growing bioscience ecosystem and unmatched opportunity to collaborate, Arizona is a great place to launch a bio startup.
But even here, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get.
Below, you’ll find support to go further, faster, on the path to commercialization—whether you’re forming your first company or you’re a seasoned CEO.
Arizona Bioscience Industry Organization (AZBio) | Trade association supporting and advocating for Arizona bioscience companies.
AZBio LinkedIn Group | Open to all, facilitating discussion among AZBio members and the broader Arizona bioscience community.
BioIndustry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIOSA) | Representing bioscience firms in southern Arizona.
Arizona Technology Council | Trade association supporting and advocating for Arizona technology companies.
StartupAZ Foundation | Helping Arizona startups improve leadership, performance, and connections.
Startup Grind – Phoenix | Chapter of the nation’s largest independent startup community, involving 2 million+ entrepreneurs.
Women Who Startup Basecamp | Monthly networking opportunities and events for female entrepreneurs and innovators (metro Phoenix).
#YesPhx Startup Community | Resources, events, and community networking in metro Phoenix.
Startup Tucson | Offering networking and entrepreneurial education events on weekly, monthly, and quarterly cycles.
Next Tucson | Works to strengthen Tucson by catalyzing a city-wide culture of civic action through innovation and entrepreneurship.
SCORE Greater Phoenix | Network of volunteer, expert business mentors who provide free guidance to entrepreneurs. Supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Arizona Small Business Association | Provides resources for businesses of all sizes with fewer than 500 employees, including education and mentoring opportunities, professional connections, and support resources through strategic partners.
Desert Angels | Angel investment group located in Tucson.
Arizona Tech Investors | Arizona-based investors supporting capital needs of early stage high growth technology driven companies within Arizona.
Golden Seeds | Arizona chapter of national group of investors funding women-led businesses.
Bluestone Venture Partners | Tucson-based life-sciences venture capital fund focused on companies in southwestern U.S.
BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners | Corporate venture fund program investing in promising emerging companies of strategic relevance to Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plans.
Canyon Angels | Nonprofit affiliated with Grand Canyon University focused on funding highly scalable startups.
invisionAZ | Phoenix-based investment fund to help grow Arizona-based technology startups.
Grayhawk Capital | Provides venture capital to early-and growth-stage companies, including those in healthcare IT.
UAVenture Capital| Venture capital fund designed to commercialize University of Arizona science, technology, services, and products.
Silicon Valley Bank | Banking services for startups of every stage.
Western Alliance Bank Corp – Life Sciences | Seasoned lenders who have years of experience working with various types of life sciences companies in all stages of development.
Invest Southwest | Helps startups raise capital while also connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region.
Arizona Angel Tax Credit Information | Information on a tax credit for investors designed to expand early-stage investment in Arizona small businesses.
Arizona R&D Tax Credit Information | Information on a tax credit to incent increased research and development activities conducted in Arizona and at the state universities.
- Government Services & Support
Arizona Commerce Authority | State’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. Offers answers and tools to help startups navigate the many stages of their business.
City of Phoenix Entrepreneur Resources | Links to services and resources available in the City of Phoenix.
Arizona Small Business Development Centers | Provides one-on-one confidential evaluation and guidance by dedicated Business Advisors with business ownership and management experience to help fast-track business plans and position a business for success.
Small Business Administration | The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
Small Business Administration – AZ Office | Provides resources, education and events for entrepreneurs and small businesses
Arizona Corporation Commission | This state agency registers your corporation or LLC.
Internal Revenue Service | This federal agency issues Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your new business.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office | This federal agency is responsible for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.
U.S. Copyright Office | This federal agency is responsible for registering copyrights, which are original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form, whether published or unpublished.
- Funding Competitions
Arizona Innovation Challenge | Grants up to 10 awardees up to $150,000, enrollment in the ACA’s mentor-led accelerator, Venture Ready, and exposure to investors, business executives and startup CEOs and media; offered in fall and spring.
Idea Funding Pitch Competition | Arizona’s second-largest pitch competition giving more than $100,000 of non-dilutive funds and services to startups each year.
Venture Madness | Arizona Commerce Authority and Invest Southwest live pitch contest.
Unmet Conference | Conference designed to attract and coalesce investment in companies located in under-served regions, structured to enable networking with investors and peers to foster development and collaboration.
Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program | Helps early-stage firms develop into successful and sustainable businesses through grant and services.
- University Tech Commercialization
UA Tech Launch Arizona | A resource for commercializing UA-created knowledge and bringing the University’s inventions to the public for economic and social benefit. Works to bring the faculty, administration, students and alumni of the University of Arizona, its tech parks, and the technology and business community together to significantly enhance the impact of UA research, intellectual property (IP) and technological innovation.
SkySong – ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center | Offers opportunities for companies whose business objectives would benefit from a strong connection with ASU entrepreneurial and research-based initiatives in diverse markets, including IT, education and health care.
NAU Innovations | Facilitates the transfer of inventions generated through NAU research to the private sector, transforming discoveries into solutions that have local and global impact. Partners with top science and technology companies in Arizona and beyond, licensing patent rights for commercial development and sale.
- Incubators & Co-Working
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation | Full-service business incubator that houses a vibrant community of entrepreneurs who are working on industry-changing technologies.
UA Center for Innovation | Full-service business incubator that fosters technology start-ups, emerging and mature companies develop their ideas, inventions and next evolution of product.
Moonshot by NACET | Full-service business incubator that helps entrepreneurs start and scale companies.
Chandler Innovations | An entrepreneur incubation development program sponsored by the City of Chandler and powered by Moonshot at NACET. Offers community events open to all entrepreneurs and signature cohort-style incubator programs for new and growing tech-based Chandler businesses.
AZ TechCelerator | Business incubator in the city of Surprise for technology and bioscience firms.
ASU Mayo MedTech Accelerator: Provides medical device and healthcare IT early stage companies with personalized business development plans to collaborate with Mayo Clinic and ASU and accelerate go-to-market and investment opportunities.The Armory Incubator | Incubator services for veteran-owned businesses.
AZ Disruptors | Incubator services for software companies.
ASU HEALab | First-ever accelerator for students, faculty, and the community at ASU to launch initiatives that focus entirely on health and healthcare solutions.
SeedSpot Incubator | Offers programs for adult and youth entrepreneurs and provides access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, capital sources, and community partners they need to succeed.
City of Mesa LaunchPoint | Mesa’s Technology Accelerator provides entrepreneurs and small companies flexible space, business development assistance, and networking and training opportunities.
Oro Valley Innovation Labs | A full-service incubator focused on the generation and success of life science technology companies by integrating the efforts of academic and anchor industry partners.
Founder Institute Tucson | Tucson chapter of world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator.
Co+Hoots Startup Community | Co-working space in Phoenix.
Click CO+WORK | Co-working space in Flagstaff.
Uptown Offices | Co-working space in Flagstaff.
The Nest Coworking Space | Co-working space in Flagstaff.
WeWork Coworking Space | Co-working space in Phoenix.
Gangplank Coworking Space | Co-working space in Chandler.
CoPlex Co-Working | Co-working space in Phoenix.
Galvanize Phoenix | Co-working space in Phoenix.
Arizona State University Core Facilities | Provides state-of-the-art equipment, specialized services and expert consultation and training.
University of Arizona Core Facilities | Provides state-of-the-art equipment, specialized services and expert consultation and training.
Northern Arizona University Core Facilities | Provides state-of-the-art equipment, specialized services and expert consultation and training.
Barrow Neurological Institute Core Facilities | Provides a centralized facility for biostatistical consultation.
TGen Shared Resources & Services | Offers a variety of resources developed and staffed to meet researchers’ needs for specialized equipment, services or expert consultation.
- Business Services
AVNET Manufacturing/Prototype Resources | Provides resources and access to design services, parts for prototyping, contract manufacturers, consultation on IP protection, marketing and financing.
Regus | Real-estate firm specializing in life science office spaces.
Alliance Insurance of Arizona | Provides insurance for businesses.
CHUBB Insurance | Provides insurance for businesses.
Perkins Coie | Provides limited free legal service for startups.
Legal Aid of Arizona | Provides free legal help for startups.
International Research Center | Monthly digest of Arizona life-science/tech events (Request email subscription).
AZBio Events Calendar | Arizona bioscience events
BIOSA | Southern Arizona biosciences events
Phoenix Startup Week | A six-day event providing education, connection, and support to entrepreneurs. Includes over 50 sessions, daily happy hours and countless networking opportunities.
TENWEST Impact Festival | A ten-day festival in Tucson that helps the curious and the impassioned solve the great challenges facing the community by inspiring ideas and facilitating connections that empower them to act. Includes day dedicated to entrepreneurs—IdeaFunding.
- Other Resource Directories
Arizona Commerce Authority Resource Directory | Resources for startups in Arizona.
AzTechBase | Companies, people, and investors involved in Arizona’s technology sector.
SBA Small Business Resource Guide | Resources for startups nationally.
AZ Chamber of Commerce Resources | Resources for startups in Arizona.
Phoenix Public Library Hive Resource Center | Resources for startups in Arizona.
Pima Public Library Startup Resources | Resources for startups in southern Arizona.
Jumpstart, Inc. – Entrepreneur Toolkit | Resources for startups nationally.