Startup Tucson

Tier 1: Festival Presenting Sponsors

Company Bio

Startup Tucson is a nonprofit organization that supports economic development in Southern Arizona by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. Year round we provide entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs with education, networking events, coaching and mentoring, and a free membership program to help them grow their businesses.

Startup Tucson is the founding organization of TENWEST Festival. We started this festival five years ago as a way to bring our community together and to promote Tucson’s reputation for innovation and creative thought leadership nationwide.

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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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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Hack Tucson: A Civic Hacking Event
Date: Oct 13, 19
Time: 09:00 am - 17:15 pm
Location: Imago Dei Middle School Room, Imago Dei Middle School

Tucson faces many challenges now and in the future: a median income below the national average, a slower economic recovery than much of the nation, potential water shortages, increasing temperatures, a shortage of affordable housing, transportation issues, aging infrastructure…we have…

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Hack Tucson: A Civic Hacking Event
Date: Oct 12, 19
Time: 09:00 am - 17:15 pm
Location: Imago Dei Middle School Room, Imago Dei Middle School

Tucson faces many challenges now and in the future: a median income below the national average, a slower economic recovery than much of the nation, potential water shortages, increasing temperatures, a shortage of affordable housing, transportation issues, aging infrastructure…we have…

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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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Industry Vertical Pitch Room: MedTech/Bio
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Watch finalist pitch companies battle it out for $5,000 in cash and prizes. This room features MedTech/Bio companies. Finalist are Fibronox, Exakt Technology, ElectroSonix, ReSuture, Scintillation Nanotechnologies

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Industry Vertical Pitch Room: Consumer Facing
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Watch finalist pitch companies battle it out for $5,000 in cash and prizes. This room features companies that are consumer facing products. Finalist are Lunos, 97th Ave, Insulin Initiative, Adom

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Industry Vertical Pitch Room: Food
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Watch finalist pitch companies battle it out for $5,000 in cash and prizes. This room features food entrepreneur companies. Finalist are LeafLeaf, Homer Farms, Arizona Baking Company, What’s Cooking, Doughjo

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Industry Vertical Pitch Rooms: Software As A Service (SaaS)
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Watch finalist pitch companies battle it out for $5,000 in cash and prizes. This room features companies that are consumer facing products. Finalist are Guided, Globally Good, Go English Chat, Unividoc

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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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