|Posted by Alain Carey on January 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM|
Arizona Innovation Connection
Moving Innovation and Technology Forward
January 6, 2012 – Issue 172
The ACA has a steadfast commitment to providing start-ups and entrepreneurs with the tools needed to bring their vision to light and expand their operations. Encouraging start-ups, especially those with a focus on manufacturing, exporting and technology, will help solidify Arizona’s economic strength and ultimately ignite job creation.
Arizona’s bright minds breed incredible ideas. Through a suite of programs listed below, the ACA is helping to make those ideas realities.
Innovation Forward A cutting-edge entrepreneurial center in downtown Phoenix providing information, mentoring, and guidance to entrepreneurs.
Arizona Innovation Challenge Two rounds of $1.5 million in early-stage grant funding from technology ventures. Applications are available now and will be accepted through February 6, 2012.
Arizona Innovation Accelerator Fund $18.2 million loan participation program, accepting applications now.
Step Grant $800,000 in grants for small businesses.
AZ Fast Grant $175,000 in grants for small businesses.
Sandra Watson, Executive VP/COO
Arizona Commerce Authority