Startup Tucson is building impact in our region through our Idea-to-Impact Pipeline by supporting the growth of entrepreneurs and innovators, creating new programs to fill gaps in resources, and creating regional alignment. The Pipeline integrates our programs with those of strategic partners to help entrepreneurs seamlessly move from idea through innovation, incubation, investment, and impact.

Programs: Idea to Impact Phases

Phase 1: IDEA

Startup Standup

Startup Standup uses quick, easy and fun steps to enliven your presenting skills with proven techniques from the world of stand-up comedy.

Cofounder Speed Dating

If you are looking for co-founders or connections in general; if you want to pitch your idea/product/service/skills/etc. or if you just want to come and watch an entertaining, rapid fire event, then this is THE one to attend.

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

Thryve (X)

A 5 week incubator providing entrepreneurs the tools to take their innovations from idea to impact.

Entrepreneur Meetups

Tucson Entrepreneurs is a collaborative learning and resource network of startups and established businesses.

Phase 2: INNOVATE

Hackathons

It’s an exciting, fast pasted, stimulating event where you turn a crazy cool idea into something real in only 24 hours! It’s like a marathon workshop for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs!

Code for Tucson

Code for Tucson is a 24-hour long code competition inspired by the work of Code for America, Open Tucson, Startup Tucson and other passionate people and groups who seek to make a positive impact in their local community.

Makeathon

An exciting, fast pasted, stimulating event where you turn a crazy cool idea into something real in only 24 hours! It’s like a marathon for makers, hackers, engineers, designers, inventors, crafters, artisans, and more!

Maketopolis

Maketopolis forges a space in the Tucson community that allows artisans–young and old alike–families, friends and admirers to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) spirit of the maker movement.

Phase 3: INCUBATE

Launch in Tucson Bootcamp

Real world business basics for teams ready to incorporate and begin operations.

Collaboration space at CoLab Workspace

CoLab is an Innovation CoLaboratory located inside the Pioneer Building in Downtown Tucson, and an initiative of Startup Tucson.

Thryve Incubator

Thryve is a social impact incubator providing entrepreneurs the tools to take their innovations from idea to impact.

Phase 4: INVEST

IdeaFunding

Join investors, entrepreneurs, and students at Tucson's premier networking, business integration, and knowledge sharing event.

MonsoonFund

MonsoonFund is a localized crowd-funding platform that allows Tucson entrepreneurs to be seen and receive investment.

SBIR/STTR Tech House

Tech Launch Arizona has created the Tech House Program to connect faculty with the surrounding community, commercialize ground-breaking technologies developed both in and out of the University and increase economic prosperity to the region. A main focus of this program is bringing together resources to increase the amount of non-dilutive capital to the region through programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which in turn, lead to other non-dilutive funding opportunities.

Phase 4: IMPACT

Tucson Job Crawl

The job crawl is a way of helping startup companies of all sizes find young talent. The group is looking for students, graduates and anybody looking for a summer internship or employment.

Startup Shark Tank

On Sunday night Startup Weekend is taking over The Rialto Theater for Startup Shark Tank in partnership with Connect Coworking!

We are moving all of the people, ideas, energy and fun a few blocks over near “5C” as we host the final Demos and Judging for Startup Weekend 2014 at The Rialto Theater.

There the teams formed during Startup Weekend will pitch their ideas to the audience and a panel of judges for feedback, prizes and bragging rights.

Thryve Demo Days

After the social impact incubator Thryve is complete, each team will go through the Thryve Demo Day to pitch their venture.