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Celebrating Innovation in all its Forms
Join us April 15th for a day-long digital entrepreneurial experience including Southern Arizona's largest pitch competition, inspirational community Resiliency Awards, and powerful thought-leaders. 
IdeaFunding is a proud partner of Startup Together AZ, a month long celebration of Arizona-based ingenuity and entrepreneurship.

Celebrating Innovation in all its Forms.

In addition to a classic pitch competition format, the day will include prizes and awards for exceptional innovation, grit, creativity, and impact, nominated by the community.


Cash prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Creative battles will punctuate every hour. Tune in all day, or pop in to check out each category.

Tickets & Registration

While IdeaFunding is free, you can purchase passes that not only support our 501(c)3 nonprofit, but also comes with perks and goodies in our

"IdeaFunding Raffle Baskets". 

IdeaFunding Free Pass

Just what it sounds like -- freezies!  

IdeaFunding Raffle Pass- $10.00
This pass includes five raffle tickets to win numerous prizes throughout the day! Check out the awesome raffle prizes, stuffed with local goodies!


IdeaFunding Fan Club - $50.00
This ticket includes 10 raffle tickets, a t-shirt, other perks and goodies for our favorite IdeaFunding Fans! Proceeds will go to supporting the "People's Choice Award" for the pitch competition.

Pitch Competition Semi-Finalists
Review the full 5 minute pitches for pitch competition then vote for your favorite! 
  • Kyrsten Sinema

    Senator, Arizona

    Kyrsten Sinema serves as the senior United States Senator from Arizona since January 2019.

  • Regina Romero

    Mayor, Tucson

    Regina Romero is the mayor of Tucson, Arizona. She is the city's first Latina Mayor in Tucson's history.

  • Lee Lambert

    Chancellor, Pima Community College

    A U.S. Army veteran, Chancellor Lambert was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up on three continents, and graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash. area.

  • Liora Dudar

    Co-Founder, oVertone

    Entrepreneur with a passion for values-driven culture and leadership. Softy with a spine.

  • Sahil Diwan

    Co-founder & CEO, SafKan Health

    SafKan Health is a MedTech company based in Seattle, WA with ties to Tucson, AZ. In just three years, SafKan Health has run successful clinical trials, secured two patents, received FDA Clearance, and brought a new medical innovation to market.

  • Annette Finsterbusch

    President & CEO, EnPower, Inc.

    Annette is a third time CEO, clean energy evangelist and a Kauffman Foundation Fellow.

  • Rebecca Clyde

    Co-Founder & CEO, is an AZ-based startup working to modernize healthcare with intelligent chat for patient engagement. Among Rebecca's many awards of distinction, this LatinX founder was named "2020 List of Most Influential Women in Arizona"

  • Donna Hover-Ojeda

    Founder & Angel Investor

    Owner and Founder of Leaders Laboratory in 1989. She is founder of four additional companies since then! Ms. Ojeda has been growing companies for 30 years! She is an active member with Desert Angels and Chapter Co-Chair for the NEW Southern AZ SCORE. She has worked with over 5000 companies over her thirty years of growing companies.

  • Jamie Baxter

    Co-Founder & CEO, Qwik

    Jamie is a technology entrepreneur focused on creating a on-demand workforce for the hospitality industry.

  • Jonathan Ariano

    Startup and M&A Attorney, Osborn Maledon

    Jonathan is an attorney who specializes in assisting early-stage startups.

  • Amanda Abens

    Dean of Workforce Development, Pima Community College

    As Dean, Amanda works to develop innovative programs that help students realize their career dreams by working in partnership with industry leaders.

  • Tony Wilkins

    Private Investor/Founder /CEO Coach

    Tony Wilkins is an angel investor interested in early stage coachable, resourceful entrepreneurs focused on globally scalable, disruptively efficient digital companies. He is an experienced mentor in residence, speaker, and startup advisor with decades of expertise in high-grow industries

  • Ian Roark

    Vice President of Workforce Development & Strategic Partnerships, Pima Community College

    Ian is passionate about developing and sustaining curricula, programs, and partnerships that will help students be successful participants in the 21st century economy.

  • Melissa Brown-Dominguez

    Co-Founder, Galeria Mitotera

    Galeria Mitotera is a Latinx/Queer owned Art Studio, Gallery & Gift shop in the City of South Tucson

  • Mel Dominguez

    Co-founder, Galeria Mitotera

    Galeria Mitotera is a Latinx/Queer owned Art Studio, Gallery & Gift shop in the City of South Tucson

  • Moniqua Lane

    Founder, Downtown Clifton and Citizen Hotel

    Moniqua Lane develops and operates her own portfolio of lodging, commercial and multi-family properties, including the Downtown Clifton, the Citizen Hotel. Moniqua’s vision and execution are continually redefining Tucson’s status as an iconic Southwest travel destination

  • Tiffany Nakatani

    Founder, Boss Women Unite

    Founder and Creator of Boss Women Unite and Love In A Cup Tea blends.
    She will uplift you in living in your individual power and fulfilling your higher purpose.

  • German Urrego

    Founder & CEO, Unividoc

    Latinx founder connecting Hispanics with MDs worldwide that speak our language & culture.

  • Charlie Maxwell

    Founder & CTO, Hivemetric

    Charlie is an AZ-based founder of Hivemetric- a tool that helps you to plan, forecast, and operate your SaaS business.

  • Hao Xin

    Co-Founder & CTO, Lunewave

    Dr. Hao Xin is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, professor of Physics, and an Arizona Engineering Fellow at the University of Arizona. He is also the co-founder and served as President / CTO of Lunewave Inc. which develops and markets next generation radar for autonomous transportation.

  • Shruti Gurudanti

    Co-Founder & CEO, Televada

    Televeda is a social venture working to prevent social isolation in vulnerable communities.

  • Robert Walker

    VP of Sales & Marketing, Leonardo Company

    Robert Walker brings more than 20 years of industry experience in business development, product development, and manufacturing of high-volume opto-electronic components.


Startup Tucson would like to thank all of our IdeaFunding sponsors for supporting our innovation ecosystem.

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