FIRST-TIME Founders

Startup Tucson provides pre-accelerator business education, mentoring, and support for early stage startup companies. 

Whether you are a fresh graduate or on your second (or third!) career, Startup Tucson will guide you step-by-step through the process of growing a idea into a thriving business.

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Having Trouble knowing where to start?

Do you have a ton of ideas but no clue where to start? Do you have a ton of tasks piling up, but can't figure out your top priority? Through our pre-accelerator services we will help you narrow down to the most critical foundations to focus on giving you a strong start.  In addition to education, we provide access to peers and mentors to support your growth. 

Free Discovery EVEnts

Not ready to dive in quite yet?  Join us for our free Discovery Events, to meet our team, other entrepreneurs, and get tons of great information from business leaders in our community.  Events like Startup Coffee, Startup Nights, Black Business Town Hall, and Innovation Economics are a great way to dip your toe in the water as you consider taking the leap! 

Startup Tucson is definitely worth investing your time with if you are an entrepreneur. They will help you gather your thoughts and organize them in a way that will more effectively be translated to customers

 Alexander Dischinger

Tucson Blockchain

Programs & Services for first time founders

Start your journey with Startup Lab 101

Startup Labs is our orientation course, designed to help you start building a solid foundation for your business plan.  

This course if offered monthly. Once you complete the course you are eligible to join our free Network Membership program. 

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Startup Fundamentals series

Startup Fundamentals narrows down the essential skills you need to build a successful business, from idea to launch.

After completing from this series you will have the tools you need to gain customers, enter your idea into a national accelerator program, nail an investor meeting, or sail through a pitch competition. Wherever the next step is for your startup, the Startup Fundamentals Series will prepare you for success.

Purchase the Fundamental Series as a bundled package and save! 

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Discover Your Competition & Develop Your Special Sauce (UVP) | 102


After you identify your problem and start talking to your customer, you need to check out the competition. And not just what they're doing, but what you do differently in your business. Fundamentals 102 is a 2-hr class designed to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to identify your competition and develop your unique value proposition. When you leave this class you will have a clear sense of who your competitors are in your direct & indirect market and identify exactly what sets you apart from your competition. Fundamentals 102 is part of the Startup Fundamentals, a series that covers foundations to start or grow a business.




Understand Your Customer | 103


Using proven research, we will help you to identify your target market customer, create a customer avatar to help you narrow in on the best way to connect with your customer and develop the beginning stages of your marketing plan. When you leave this class, you will have a clear sense of who your customers really are, how to connect with them and how to conduct customer interviews. You will also leave with a clear understanding of how to research your total market addressable market. This class is packed with all the tools you need to take you to the next step in creating or pivoting to a successful sustainable business. Fundamentals 103 is part of the Startup Fundamentals, a series that covers foundations to start or grow a business.




Test and Validate Your Business | 104


Make data-informed decisions, without wasting valuable time or money. In Fundamentals 104, we will teach you how to create small, low-cost experiments to validate your idea/business, market, and target customer so that you can make decisive business choices with confidence. You will walk away with a completed lean canvas, something that you will be very familiar with by Fundamentals 104. At this point, you will understand your competition, your special sauce, your customer, and now you're ready to focus on your launch timeline. In Fundamentals 104, you will: - Learn how to validate your product - Learn how to build and run a lean experiment - Create an action plan for measuring success Fundamentals 104 is part of the Startup Fundamentals, a series that covers foundations to start or grow a business.




Business Basics and Financial Foundations | 105


Does the thought of looking at the “numbers” make your head spin? Are you worried about running out of money or not quite sure how to calculate your product or business profitability? Overcoming these obstacles at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey can save you time and accelerate the success of your business. This will be an interactive workshop where you learn a few key tools (and questions!) to improve your financial skills as a business owner. Participants will learn how to: - understand their cash flow cycle and forecast - understand a P and L and calculating product profitability - determine business break even analysis and fixed costs - overcoming challenging revenue models - creating reoccurring and passive revenue - how to work with your bookkeeper, accountant or CPA Fundamentals 105 is part of the Startup Fundamentals, a series that covers foundations to start or grow a business.




Startup Lab 101


Startup Labs is our orientation course, designed to help you start building a solid foundation for your business plan. This course if offered monthly. Once you complete the course you are eligible to join our free Network Membership program.




Graduation + Pitch Demo Day


Time to share your idea with the world! Each company will do a 3-5 minute pitch in front of an audience of mentors and peers and then recieve their Startup Tucson Fundamentals certificate. This is a celebration of all of the hard work you have done in the past weeks to grow and launch your new idea!





Momentum Mentor-Sprint 

A two-month ​structured mentoring program to build momentum and accelerate your growth. 

Startup Tucson's mentors are some of the more prestigious business leaders in our region, with expertise in a wide range of industries.  After you complete Startup Fundamentals, we will pair you with a mentor who best fits your current needs.  Each mentor has been specially trained in our methodology and has committed to deliver two months of hands-on mentoring to give your company the push it needs to elevate to the next level. 

Network members will receive the Sprint application once they have completed the Fundamentals.

 
Free network membership

Community is essential to launching a successful business

After you have completed Startup Labs and completed a survey called the "Growth Tracker", you are able to join a free membership program for active entrepreneurs. 

Your membership comes with loads of benefits and exclusive offers so be sure to take advantage of it! 

The alumni of our early-stage services have gone on to launch successful companies, win pitch competitions, secure venture capital, and land coveted positions in nationally recognized accelerators and incubators. 

We are proud to have played a role in helping their founders find success, however they define it. 

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