Welcoming more than 5,000 Tucsonans, the annual TENWEST Festival invites you to experience 100+ unique events that encourage curiosity and discovery in the arts, social impact, STEM, entrepreneurship, technology, and sustainability. Your passport for the ten days of TENWEST Festival gives you access to exhibitions, workshops, discussions, performances, panels, demonstrations, and mixers.

  • What is TENWEST Festival?

    TENWEST Festival is an opportunity to discover what your next Tucson looks like. Experience a weeklong celebration of the best and most unique that Tucson has to offer. Through panels, talks, performances, mixers, and workshops, TENWEST Festival will help you connect and explore things not available in your daily life.

  • When & Where is TENWEST Festival?

    TENWEST Festival, a series of events, takes place in and around downtown Tucson. This years festival is October 11-20, 2019. 


  • How do I participate?

    TENWEST Festival is an expression of our community, so we want as many of our community members to feel empowered to contribute and be a part of the movement. We have a number of opportunities for involvement including speakers, performers, and volunteers. Contact dre@startuptucson.com to find out more about how you can get plugged in.


TENWEST Festival was started in 2014 by Startup Tucson, and provides a platform for participants to learn, inform, network, and explore their community while developing relationships that will further enrich their respective endeavors.

TENWEST Festival is innovating a completely new model of festivals that delivers a world-class content experience and which is totally accessible, experiential, immersive, and focused on bringing together all Tucson communities for ongoing dialogue to work on the problems that matter to our city.

In 2016, TENWEST events welcomed over 5,000 visitors and issued over 700 full-access passports to experience 40+ unique events and exhibitions that encouraged curiosity and discovery in arts, entrepreneurship, technology, and communities.

By 2017, over 1,200 passports were sold and over 5,000 participated in partner events. These events included over 60 unique talks, workshops, and panels throughout the week focused on social impact, funding, arts, entrepreneurship, and technology.

The team behind TENWEST Festival this year includes:

Startup Tucson
Liz Pocock – CEO
Dre Voelkel – Festival Director
Courtney Pulitzer – Development Director
Katina Koller – Startup Tucson board member / Festival Co-Director

University of Arizona
Rick Yngve – Interim Director of McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship / Festival Co-Director

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to be involved in 2019 TENWEST Festival.






Southern Arizona is just the place to achieve life-work balance, build careers, and chase entrepreneurial dreams. The area features a renowned university with a technology transfer agenda, a vibrant downtown scene, community support for the arts, formation capital, and, of course, sunshine—all important factors in attracting and retaining businesses and talent. The food’s not so bad either. In fact, in 2016 Tucson became the first city in the United States to be recognized as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy, boasting a wide array of culinary wonders. Also unique to the Southern Arizona city is the proximity and access to Mexico and their startup culture.

TENWEST Festival is right at the epicenter of it all and provides the business community an opportunity to engage with upcoming leaders in Southern Arizona.

To find out more about the benefits of becoming a TENWEST Festival sponsor, contact courtney@startuptucson.com.