Resources for Investors

Arizona-based investment groups and resources have been expanding significantly in recent years, including very active angel groups, which are essential to the success of startups.

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  • Investor Groups

    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.

    UAVenture Capital| Venture-capital fund designed to commercialize University of Arizona science, technology, services, and products.

    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.

  • Investment Conferences

    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.

    White Hat Investor Conference | Two-day life-sciences investor conference in Phoenix for innovators from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region.

  • Networking

    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.

  • Funding Competitions

    Arizona Innovation Challenge | Grants up to 10 awardees up to $150,000, enrollment into the ACA’s premier mentor-led accelerator, Venture Ready, as well as exposure to investors, business executives and successful 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.

    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, 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 and Accelerators

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Programs and Services for Entrepreneurs

    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.

    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.

  • Events

    International Research Center | Monthly digest of Arizona life-science/tech events (Request email subscription).

    AZBio Events Calendar | Arizona bioscience 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 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.