Updated: Oct 19
Each year, Startup Tucson conducts a survey of long-term alumni in order to gather data on the status of startups in our community, as many of these businesses are not reflected in more traditional economic development data. We are one of the only organizations in our region conducting this type of longitudinal data collection effort, so this information-- while limited-- is an important contribution to our understanding of how small business and startups contribute to our economic development.
Startup Tucson defines “Alumni” as the participants starting in 2014, many of whom participated in Startup Tucson’s Thryve Programming, a 10 week accelerator. Responses are voluntary and anonymous, given the sensitive nature of the data. Out of 86 alumni who we reached out to, we had 21 respondents. The following data is self-reported from the 24% of Startup Tucson Alumni who choose to participate.
81% of Startup Tucson alumni reported that their business was negatively or somewhat negatively impacted by COVID
The following impacts were reported:
32% reported a Loss of Revenue
14% reported a Loss of staff
14%reported a Loss of financing
14% reported a business closed
These findings are consistent with national and regional data that demonstrates that 27.8% small businesses in our region reported a decline in revenue. In a recent national study, the average loss of business by small businesses ranged state-by-state from 60% to 25%.
Startup Tucson Alumnus Contribute to Job Growth:
Full time employees currently employed: 251
Full time employees hired in the past twelve months: 41
Part Time/Contracted Workers: 40
Part Time/Contracted Workers in the past twelve months: 30
Startup Tucson Alumnus Contribute to Capital Attraction:
Capital Attraction To date: $22,187,000
Capital Attraction in the past 12 months (angel/VC): $15,160,000
Capital Attraction in the past 12 months (bank): $242,000
Annual Revenue in the past 12 months: $29,967,600