Arizona Commerce Authority

Tier 1: Festival Presenting 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 Afterparty
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 19:30 pm - 21:00 pm
Location: AC Hotel Room, AC Hotel

Free afterparty on the roof top of AC Hotel to celebrate IdeaFunding 2019

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The Future of Tech in Tucson
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Learn how the Arizona Technology Council, Tucson Metro Chamber, Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Small Business Development Center can help you understand and leverage 4IR technology in your business.

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Diversity in Entrepreneurship
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Diversity In Entrepreneurship: What We Can Do To Create A Level Playing Field: From age to ethnicity to gender, entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly diverse, however there still remains additional barriers and challenges for diverse founders. In this session you hear…

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Introduction to Design Thinking
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 15:00 pm
Location: Mojave/Maricopa, Tucson Convention Center

Today’s leading innovators use a customer focused problem-solving process called “design thinking” to revolutionize entire industries and establish distinct competitive advantages for their companies. The approach focuses on listening to customers, observing their daily lives, collaborating, and experimenting, and co-creating….

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Bridge Builders UnConference: Creating Pathways for Tucson Startups
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 08:30 am - 11:45 am
Location: Mojave/Maricopa, Tucson Convention Center

Tech Launch Arizona presents an unconference-style discussion for those interested in Southern Arizona’s startup ecosystem to share insights, explore challenges, and identify new opportunities for regional collaboration and meaningful impact. The discussion keynote presenter and facilitator is Marc Sedam, Associate…

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IdeaFunding Keynote Luncheon & 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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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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Disrupting Traditional Industries
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Disruption is sometimes called “creative destruction”. Industries that have once felt stable and untouchable are suddenly rocked by an idea or a technology that threatens it to its core. The automobile destroyed the horse and equestrian transportation industry. Ridesharing, in…

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How a Strong Brand Can Be Your Business Engine
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Come explore what brand really means and how it can propel your business. We will dig into your business’s values, positioning, and audiences and show how these become the foundation of your brand. Learn A) A methodology and framework for…

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Knowing vs. Acting When Facing a Digital Future
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

The presentation will discuss why companies win or lose when facing the transition from an analog defined world to a digitally defined one based on examples from imaging, audio and automotive industries, start-ups to Fortune 500s. Knowing is not enough,…

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Financing Your Ideas: One Size Does Not Fit All
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

When it comes to financing your next great idea, it is critical to understand all of the pros and cons of various types of funding opportunities. Not all types of funding are a good fit for all types of companies….

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Escape from Indecision Hell: Data-driven Team Decision Making Escape Room
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 16:00 pm
Location: Mojave/Maricopa, Tucson Convention Center

What would it be worth, if your team solves the most pressing problem your company faces today? What is the value of a great idea? The new economy is innovation and ideas are the currency that drives it. To address…

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Building Innovative Cities Keynote Luncheon: Founders, Startups and Communities - Why a Robust Startup Community Is Everything
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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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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Ideas to Doors, A New Venture Lab
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 08:30 am - 11:45 am
Location: All Meeting Rooms, Tucson Convention Center

Presented by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona, this engagement is an interactive experience for aspiring and current entrepreneurs and small business owners. This “unconference-style” lab includes founder stories, micro-workshops, expert presentations and one-on-one…

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