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Research and Development

Research Centers

Find a list of research centers and centers of excellence throughout Arizona that specialize in various cutting edge research activities, including intelligent materials and systems, advanced technologies, medical research, nano-electronics, biomedical engineering, personalized medicine, microbial genetics, genomics, planetary science, and more.

Arizona Commerce Authority - Research and Development Incentives

Find information on the research and development refundable tax credit incentive designed to promote research and development activities conducted at state universities and by businesses.

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Licensing and Commercialization

Arizona State University — Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE)

AzTE is responsible for managing Arizona State University's intellectual property, and for coordinating and executing technology transfers into the market. Businesses interested in finding new technologies can search for inventions, while innovators can find out how to submit inventions, and how their inventions can reach the marketplace.

Phone: 480-884-1996

Northern Arizona University (NAU) Innovations

NAU Innovations provides resources and technical support to innovators from the early stages of intellectual property development to managing technology transfers to the private sector. Innovations provides resources and technical assistance to researchers for commercialization.

Phone: 928-523-4340

University of Arizona — Tech Launch Arizona (TLA)

Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) is the platform through which ideas and concepts developed at the University of Arizona research centers are transformed into intellectual property, inventions, and technology and moved into the marketplace, and through which businesses can participate in industry-sponsored research. The University of Arizona Tech Launch includes Tech Parks Arizona, Tech Transfer Arizona, Corporate Relations Arizona, and Wheelhouse Arizona.

Phone: 520-621-4088

Incubators and Accelerators

Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI)

The Arizona Center for Innovation located at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park works closely with its partners at the University of Arizona Tech Launch to move technology developed at the University of Arizona from the lab to the marketplace by providing high quality facilities and equipment, mentoring, and customized programs and training to entrepreneurs.

Phone: 520-382-3260

Arizona Commerce Authority — Incubators/Co-working/Accelerators

Find incubator and coworking spaces that provide entrepreneurs with the right environment, knowledge concentration, and development support for their startup needs.

Phone: 602-845-1200

Arizona Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator

The FURNACE located at Northern Arizona University is a startup accelerator designed to launch new companies created from technologies and intellectual property licensed from Arizona's premier research institutions. FURNACE also provides competitive financing to accelerate commercialization of technology.

Phone: 928-523-4340

Arizona State University - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Find programs and resources ranging from student programs to community-wide initiatives to help you develop and launch your idea. Programs include the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, Innovation Challenge, and more.

Phone: 480-884-1860

Arizona State University SkySong

SkySong is home to a global business community that links technology, research, education and entrepreneurship to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders in the knowledge economy.

Phone: 480-346-2140

Arizona Business Incubation Association (AzBIA)

AzBIA is a network of incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces and other entrepreneurial organizations with the goal of fostering business incubation throughout the state of Arizona.


Northern Arizona University Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET)

NACET has a variety of programs designed to match entrepreneurs, startups, and growing companies with the appropriate resources that includes coaching, advising, grant programs, mentoring, access to facilities and equipment, intellectual property, and financial resources. Specialized programs include the Native American Incubator Network, Launchbox - a Student Business Incubation program, among others.

Phone: 928-213-9234

Stealthmode Partners

Stealthmode Partners is a network of people and companies working together behind the scenes (in "stealth mode") to help their portfolio of companies grow bigger, better, and faster. Companies that are accepted into the Stealthmode Partners portfolio receive coaching, consulting, and connections to the people and resources they need to succeed.

Phone: 816-974-8836

University Technology Parks

Arizona State University Research Park (ASURP)

This is a business community in the Greater Phoenix Area with access to benefits of a research university that includes testing facilities, consulting and information processes, research and development, and education and training facilities among others.

Phone: 480-752-1000

University of Arizona Science and Technology Park Tech Parks Arizona

This is a business community in the Tucson Area with access to benefits of a research university that includes testing facilities, consulting and information processes, research and development, and education and training facilities among others.

Phone: 520-621-4088



AngelList is a resource to find startup jobs, post jobs, raise money online, and invest in startups. A list of Arizona Angel Investors is available in this website.


StartupAZ Foundation

StartupAZ Foundation helps connect capital in the community to the most promising early stage companies. StartupAZ Foundation provides grants and sponsorships.


Arizona Fast Grant

This technology commercialization assistance program includes highly competitive grants that provide intensive training and technical assistance to qualifying Arizona-based early stage tech companies. The program aids in commercializing their innovations and moving them into the marketplace. Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Phone: 602-845-1200

Arizona Innovation Challenge

Find out how to take part in the Arizona Commerce Authority Arizona Innovation Challenge. The Arizona Innovation Challenge awards $1.5 million twice a year - the largest monetary award in the country for technology commercialization challenge - to the most promising technology ventures.

Phone: 602-845-1200

Venture Madness

Venture Madness is an innovative startup competition that pits 64 of the region’s most promising ventures against one other in an exciting bracket-style, head-to-head competition. Half of the companies come from open competition — the other half from the Arizona Innovation Challenge. Find out more.

Phone: 602-845-1200

Arizona Commerce Authority — PIII Playbook.

The PIII Playbook is an Arizona Commerce Authority-structured program of training and technical assistance enabling high-growth potential small technology firms to compete more effectively for federal SBIR/STTR Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.


Other Programs

The Arizona Commerce Authority has a portfolio of programs to support startups that include monetary awards, business plans, and assistance and training on how to access and leverage federal funds. These programs include, but are not limited to, Small Business Services, Arizona Innovation Accelerator Fund, Navigator, RevAZ, Venture Ready, and Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Grant Competition.

Phone: 602-343-8324

Entrepreneur Resources

Kauffman — FastTrac

FastTrac helps entrepreneurs succeed by providing programs delivered by a variety of affiliate non-profit and for-profit organizations that includes chambers of commerce, business development centers, colleges, universities, consulting firms, and many more. These programs are available in the United States and in selected countries around the world.

Phone: 602-343-8324

Networks and Trade Associations

University of Arizona — Wheelhouse Arizona

The Wheelhouse is a resource for the University of Arizona (UA) and related communities that provides a vast community of domain experts and capital sources for the development and commercialization of UA scientific discoveries and inventions. The Wheelhouse also seeks business leaders that can take new ventures and move them forward.

Phone: 520-621-5000

Arizona Business Incubation Association

A network of nascent businesses, supporting environments, and allied partners throughout Arizona that promotes effective business incubation, and provides educational opportunities, networking, and an entrepreneurial environment to its members.

Phone: 602-845-1296