• Empowering the next generation of Arizona entrepreneurs.

    StartupAZ Foundation exists to empower a stronger statewide ecosystem for high-growth companies to scale; catalyzing Arizona's new economy rooted in technology and innovation.

  • WHAT

    The StartupAZ Foundation is a component fund of the Arizona Community Foundation, (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization).


    StartupAZ focuses on three core pillars:


    Leverage existing assets like #yesphx, TeamAZ and Pledge 1% to rally the most generous community for entrepreneurs.


    Help connect capital in the community to the most promising early stage companies.


    Support talent development and a sustained workforce that can grow companies and the economy.

  • WHY, Arizona  

    Arizona consistently outpaces most of the nation in relocation, ranking 5th in population growth in 2014. Why? Because Arizona remains one of the best places to live, work and play—making it an ideal place to start and grow a company. Cost of living, infrastructure and access to talent and resources continue to drive exploration and innovation in new technologies, services and products that, in turn, drive our economy and create jobs.

  • HOW

    StartupAZ relies on the philanthropic support of some of Arizona's most successful companies, entrepreneurs, executives and foundations.

  • Team

    Mario Martinez II

    Co-Founder / Chairman

    Brandon Clarke

    Co-Founder / Board Member

    Mallory Hutchison


    Brad Jannenga

    Founding Board Member

    Steve Seleznow

    Founding Board Member

    Sarah Strunk

    Board Member

    John Graham

    Board Member

    Jacky Alling

    Board Member

    Tom Curzon

    Board Member

    Daniel Valenzuela

    Board Member

  • Giving back... to move forward.

    Arizona is on a quest to be one of the most generous communities for entrepreneurs. Sometimes that means access to capital—but more than anything, it's a set of values that resonate with the founders, executives and employees of companies across the state. StartupAZ is a proud affiliate of the Pledge 1% initiative, which inspires corporate philanthropy and the practice of giving back to your local community. By partnering with Pledge 1%, Arizona founders can join the founders of companies like Yelp, Atlassian, Salesforce and Box and help support the long-term viability of the Foundation while continuing to build generosity into the DNA of the community.

  • Be In Good Company

    Arizona based companies that have taken the pledge.

    Global Pledge Champions

  • How can StartupAZ help you?

    How can you help StartupAZ?

  • FAQ

    What is the mission and purpose of the StartupAZ Foundation?

    StartupAZ Foundation is component fund of the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), a public charity, qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and exists to stimulate economic development and job creation by empowering the next generation of Arizona entrepreneurs to start and grow companies. The Foundation’s core pillars are: Connectivity, Capital and Talent.

    What is Pledge 1% initiative?

    The StartupAZ Foundation is proud to be an affiliate of Pledge 1% to inspire early-stage philanthropy and community engagement while maintaining the long-term sustainability of the Foundation. For more information, visit pledge1percent.org.

    How do I pledge?

    You can start the process by completing this pledge form. The next steps include making your allocations and certifying your pledge with a commitment form (revenue or personal equity) or a warrant (company equity). You may elect to allocate your pledge to other causes or nonprofits, in addition to the StartupAZ Foundation. We can help you with those elections.

    Do you accept donations, and how are they different than pledges?

    Yes, the Foundation accepts both one-time and recurring donations. You may donate online by going here.


    Your equity pledge, however, is a long-term commitment that will recuperate once you or your company has a liquidity event. Revenue pledges are reported and paid quarterly or annually, at your preference.

    How do I request a grant or sponsorship from StartupAZ?

    Connect with the Foundation here to request support for your upcoming grant or event needs.

  • #Generosity

    Please use the form below to make a one time gift to StartupAZ Foundation.