• Empowering the next generation of Arizona entrepreneurs.

    StartupAZ exists to help Arizona’s most innovative startup companies improve their leadership, performance, and connections, while inspiring generosity and philanthropy within their communities.

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


    StartupAZ focuses on three core pillars:


    Establish the connective tissue required for a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem to thrive.


    Bridge Arizona’s prosperous past with the capital requirements needed to grow a more diverse and resilient economy for the future.


    Align the collective of education and workforce development efforts to supply the needs of Arizona’s growing economy.

  • WHY, Arizona  

    Arizona consistently outpaces most of the nation in key performance growth indicators with Phoenix currently ranked 5th as the most populous city in the US. 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, climate, transportation, and access to talent and other markets continue to drive exploration and innovation in new technologies, services, and products that, in turn, drive a revitalized, more resilient regional economy.

    Learn more about the region's economic drivers at theconnectedplace.com.