Innovation in Arizona

January 7, 2013

University of Arizona has always been at the forefront of the Arizona economy, from its start as a land grant college to the current work it is doing with its Tech Launch AZ.

Prior to the current buzz about innovation, a smart group of people including Bruce Wright created a Center for Innovation, following the models of technology incubators across the country.

Arizona Center for Innovation, or AZCI, has incubated a number of businesses that have taken root here.  We have been encouraging them to open a branch for technology ideas Downtown.  Until that happens, we continue to support the new companies that AZCI helps create.

To that end, we wanted to bring to your attention a series of events being held at AZCI through the spring.

The first three months focus on development of business plans and an associated PowerPoint presentations that leads up to Innovation Day on March 28th on the UofA campus. It is intended that each client company will have a tabletop at the conference and be prepared to ‘pitch’ their business to attendees.

The capstone event for the Spring will be AzCI Pitch Day scheduled for Thursday, May 16.

For further information, please see http://www.azinnovation.com

Date Day Topic Format
10-Jan Thur Building Your Team Workshop
17-Jan Thur Open
24-Jan Thur Marketing Workshop
29-Jan Tues STTR/Army Topics (@ UofA) Workshop/Public
31-Jan Thur Lean Launch/Clean Tech Workshop/Public
7-Feb Thur Sales & Business Development Workshop
12-Feb Thur Mission/Vision Statement Lunch & Learn
14-Feb Thur Business Plan Development Workshop/Public
21-Feb Thur Building Financials with GUST Workshop
28-Feb Thur Business Plan Mentor Review Mentor Interactive
7-Mar Thur Business Plan PowerPoint Workshop
12-Mar Tues Innovation Day Preparation Lunch & Learn
14-Mar Thur Open
21-Mar Thur Business Plan PowerPoint Pitch Mentor Interactive
28-Mar Thur Innovation Day at UofA Conference/Public
4-Apr Thur Human Resources Management Workshop/Public
11-Apr Thur Open
18-Apr Thur Social Media Workshop/Public
25-Apr Thur Open
2-May Thur Accounting/Insurance Workshop
9-May Thur Open
16-May Thur AzCI Pitch Day Presentations/Public
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