Thryve Startup

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Thryve, An Impact Incubator

Thryve is a social impact incubator providing entrepreneurs the tools to take their innovations from idea to impact. We provide a structured program of venture concept development based on lean startup principles, coaching with experienced mentors, a community of motivated entrepreneurs, opportunities for expanding your professional network, and the strategy and pitch training necessary to access capital.

  • Focus on choices to accelerate your venture and drive growth
  • Receive mentoring from experienced and passionate executives
  • Join a community of social impact entrepreneurs, innovators, mentors and champions
  • Grow your network of customers, allies, investors, mentors, competitors and peers
  • Learn who to pitch, how to pitch, what to pitch

“Like a full Startup MBA crammed into a summer vacation.”

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Meet the Instructors

Tony Ford

Tony Ford has over 25 years experience in media, marketing, and business development. He is the co-founder of and and is currently creating new storytelling methods for film and virtual reality as CEO of Darc Fusion. He holds an MBA in International Business and is certified in a​gile project management. A frequent national speaker and trainer, Tony has also been a TEDx speaker and coaches executives and companies to scale in his role with Startup Tucson.

Justin Williams

As Founder and President of Startup Tucson, Justin has worked to grow a vibrant startup community in Tucson, AZ. Justin worked for over 10 years with high-tech firms in Southern Arizona including Electronic Data Systems, Intuit, and Ventana Medical Systems. Justin has a BS in Systems Engineering, an MBA in Marketing and Finance and is an alumnus of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship.


If you have ever wanted to launch your startup, this is your time. We have the tools to help you.

This intensive summer program kicked off June 13th, and continues up until September. In the first 5 weeks all 20 companies worked together to cover the critical basic lean business launch skills and develop their business concept through validation, testing, research and branding. At week 5, we down selected from 20 teams to the 10 teams with the highest probability of success and those 10 teams will go through a 5 week intensive program on getting their business ready to raise capital and enter the market.
Class meetx consistently on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm and Saturdays from 9am-1pm, and on varying Mondays and Thursdays

More Than Just Training – The Tools and People You Need to be Successful

Thryve also includes connection with key mentors, training by critical business experts and executives in our community. workspace for your team and a robust alumni program to support your growth. We bring in the full compliment of resources built by Startup Tucson to transform Tucson’s economy and can connect you with everyone you need to build your business from government regulators, to bankers; marketers to investors. Thryve is a 10 week incubator based on the successful venture incubator programs globally. The cost for this program is $10,000 per company. We’ve had students and executives travel from around the United States to take part in Thryve. This program has already helped generate millions of dollars in revenue and capital investment for companies that have completed the training.

Every company accepted to this program automatically receives an $8,000 scholarship for the program thanks to the generous supporters of Startup Tucson.

Your company is only responsible for only 20% of the cost, $2,000. We also have additional scholarships available for select companies based on financial need, potential impact and ability to self-fund this critical training. You can apply for additional scholarships during the application process for Thryve. Companies can receive up to 100% scholarship for participation based on their application.