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Programs

From education, networking and mentoring to a

state-of-the-art prototyping and content creation studio, 

Startup Tucson offers entrepreneurs free or low cost access to the resources they need to succeed. 

EXPLORE OUR PROGRAMS BELOW

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Events & Networking  
Upcoming Events Calendar

Surrounding yourself with peers and mentors is a critical ingredient for entrepreneurial success at every stage. Startup Tucson hosts a number of opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals to keep you learning, connecting, and growing.  Over 3,000 folks a year engage in our networking events. 

Startup Drinks
A fun, free, evening networking event for entrepreneurs
Statewide Commercialization Mentor Network
Through a partnership with Arizona Commerce Authority, we connect mentors and entrepreneurs into a statewide commercialization portal to increase connectivity with regional ecosystem partners.
Startup Coffee
Join us for this casual networking and speaker series over morning coffee featuring local entrepreneurs and friendly faces. A great way to jump into the community!
Network Membership Program
A free membership program with loads of perks, including access to a digital networking platform.
Black Business Town Hall
A quarterly platform to connect the Black Businesses through authentic conversations about improving support and services for Black entrepreneurs.
TENWEST Impact Festival
Premier professional development festival brings together hundreds of community leaders over multiple days to discover your role in creating impact.

Central to our work is providing high-quality entrepreneurial education programs at a low cost so they are accessible to all.  Below is a quick summary of our signature educational programs.

Food Forward
Leveling up food entrepreneurship in our City of Gastronomy through training, technology, and tourism. Thanks to a grant from the USDA, we are able to offer expanded services designed for food entrepreneurs.
Launch Lab
The new Media & Design Lab has equipment, software, and technical experts on hand for rich media content and prototyping.
Prototyping Masterclass
If your company is looking to expand or launch new product offerings, this digital masterclass will provide you with the tools you need to be successful.
eCommerce Masterclass
Learn strategies to build and manage effective customer pipelines using eCommerce to increases efficiency and level-up revenue streams.
Startup Labs
Startup Labs is our introductory course -- a perfect starting point to design, iterate, and tinker with a new product, service, or company you are building. After completing this course, you are eligible for the free Network Membership.
Startup Fundamentals
This is a six-part series (including Startup Labs) that provides a foundational footing to launch or grow your company at an affordable cost. After completing this complete series, you are eligible for the Momentum Mentor Sprint.
Action Advisor Program
Network Members can schedule "office hours" with our Action Advisors who are subject matter experts to get specific guidance on a variety of business topics.
Momentum Mentor Sprint
After successfully completing Startup Fundamentals you can participate in a two month structured one-to-one mentorship program with business leaders.
IdeaFunding
IdeaFunding is a full day conference and pitch competition for entrepreneurs with hundreds of business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs. It is part of TENWEST Impact Festival.
TechPrep
A 14 week course to teach novices how to think and learn like a programmer. This innovative program goes beyond simply teaching a single coding language to providing a framework for learning all languages.
Resources

As the hub of entrepreneurial ecosystem, Startup Tucson seeks to make meaningful connections simple and easy for entrepreneurs and community members alike.  Below are some easy ways to plug in. 

Launch Lab
Eligible program participants have free access to the prototyping studio and media studio to help support their growth.
Statewide Commercialization Mentor Network
In partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, members have access to a statewide, interactive mentorship platform.
Tucson Digital Resource Guide
We have created a user-friendly guide of the resources and organizations that support entrepreneurs to make it easier for you to navigate and get the help you need.
Startup Tucson Bulletin
Sign up for entrepreneurial ecosystem community news on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis.
Startup Tucson Blogs
Follow our blog to stay informed on developments in our startup community.
Business Resource Library
Network Members can access a comprehensive and curated resource library of templates, tools, videos, literature, and databases to help you on your entrepreneurial journey.
Additional Initiatives 

Our team consistently innovates to launch programs and initiatives to respond to specific emerging needs and communities. Below are some of these special projects we are working on. 

Crowdfunding Support
Startup Tucson, together with our partner Community Investment Corporation, assists startups seeking crowdfunding through platforms such as WeFunder and Kiva. We work with you to structure, plan, and execute an effective campaign.
Remote Tucson
In partnership with numerous ecosystem stakeholders, Startup Tucson has spearheaded an initiative to attract talent by encouraging remote workers to move to Tucson with a perks and benefits package to sweeten the deal.
Tucson Innovation Partnership
Startup Tucson chairs an informal group that helps build collaboration and connections among ecosystem stakeholders, for a stronger system of supports for entrepreneurs.
Tucson Metro Chamber Discount
Startup Tucson and Tucson Metro Chamber have partnered up to help eligible connect new startup companies access the many benefits of the Chamber for $150 for the first year.