Arizona Commerce Authority

Tier 1: Title Sponsors

Company Bio

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.

The ACA is overseen by a public-private sector board composed of Arizona leaders in business and policy. The board is overseen by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and co-chaired by Brian Mueller, President and CEO of Grand Canyon University. Joining them on the board is a group of prestigious private-sector business leaders, elected officials and university presidents.

The ACA’s executive management team drives the organization’s day-to-day operations, ensuring it maintains focus on the recruitment of quality companies and jobs to the state of Arizona. This team brings together the best and brightest in economic development, management and communications.

IdeaFunding Keynote & Main Stage Pitch Competition
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 12:00 pm - 13:45 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Join one of the largest single entrepreneurship events in Arizona! It is a gathering of regional investors, entrepreneurs, small business people, and students. A keynote address will be presented by Allie Burns, CEO of Village Capital followed by a “shark-tank”…

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Vertical Pitch Room D
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center
IdeaFunding Networking Reception & Awards Ceremony
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 17:00 pm - 19:00 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Join us for a Networking Happy Hour (appetizers sponsored by the Coronet) followed by our Awards Ceremony. Vertical Pitch Room winners will be announced, in addition to the presentation of our Community Awards. Through our Community Award Ceremony we recognize…

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The (co)Founders Dilemma: Making it Work and Keys to Success
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Many entrepreneur’s and founders are encouraged by investors and advisors to seek out at least another co-founder to increase their company’s chances for success and growth. But how and where do you find a co-founder? And once you’ve found someone,…

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Building Innovative Cities Keynote Luncheon
Date: Oct 11, 19
Time: 12:00 pm - 13:15 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Founder, Startup, and Communities: Why a Robust Startup Scene Is Everything. Chris Heivly co-founded MapQuest (which sold to AOL for $1.2 billion) and was sole managing director of 77 Capital (a $25 million venture fund). Heivly currently serves as one…

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Fourth Industrial Revolution And You: Fireside Chat with Dr. Jay Richards moderated by Mara Aspinall
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 08:30 am - 09:45 am
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

The coming of the 4th Industrial Revolution has been vaunted as catastrophe for society as we know it, yet at the same time holds untold opportunity to empower communities worldwide. Dr. Jay Richards is an author and expert in the…

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