Empowering an entrepreneurial-driven jobs recovery by supporting growth-stage companies to increase sales and productization through tech-enabled media, prototyping tools, education, and mentoring.  

Powered by the Economic Development Administration SPRINT Challenge

Meet the Sprint Challenge Participants

Join a cohort of founders who, like you, are focused on scaling and building thriving companies in Tucson, Arizona.  While they may come from diverse industries, they have one thing in common, a growth-mindset.  

 

Program participants will have free access to a brand new media and maker space to help support their growth.  The Launch Lab has equipment, software, and technical experts on hand for tech-enabled e-commerce and prototype development. 

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statewide commercialization mentor network

Through a partnership with Arizona Commerce Authority, Startup Tucson will onboard mentors and entrepreneurs into a statewide commercialization portal to increase connectivity with regional ecosystem partners.  

 

Through this platform, mentors and entrepreneurs can post, book, and schedule, one-to-one, access resources, and connect with talent across the state of Arizona. ​

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e-commerce masterclass

The pandemic demonstrated that e-Commerce is an essential tool for any company to master.  Being able to build and manage effective customer pipelines by leveraging modern technology tools increases efficiency and revenue streams. This Masterclass includes national experts, local mentors, and entrepreneur spotlights. Through the support of the US Economic Development Administration, this course is being offered free of charge. Applications and admissions are on a rolling basis through the summer of 2022.   

Classes include: 

  • Engaging interviews and videos

  • Guided self-learning & reflection questions 

  • Tactical homework and practice

  • Reading recommendations

  • Peer-to-peer forum

  • One-to-one coaching and support 

  • Connections to mentors and experts for in-depth follow up

Your courses and homework will be self-paced, but you will have a dedicated staff member to support with additional resources, check-ins, and coaching. ​

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Featured Guest Speakers 

This course features over 20 guests from national brands such as Etsy, Shopify, and eBay as well as prestigious authors and professors from leading entrepreneurial educational institutions and entrepreneurs and founders.  We have curated a list of professionals who can give both a broad perspective as well as in-depth, boots-on-the ground experience. Here are just a few of the experts you will have access to. 

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Session
Description
Launching your Learning Journey
Differentiate or Die?
Your Secret Weapon, Your Customers
Profitability is So Punk Rock.
Building Your StoreFront
Packaging & Shipping
Content Strategies
Customer Acquisition
Technology, Software, & Data Tracking
Let's Talk About Those Damn Elephants
 
 

prototyping & Product design 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. 

 

Topics Include:

  • Design thinking

  • Usability and UX design

  • Creating and improving minimum viable products (MVPs),

  • Securing financing for new products

  • Manufacturing/Outsourcing

  • Protecting Your IP

  • Packaging Design

Classes include: 

  • Engaging interviews and videos

  • Guided self-learning & reflection questions 

  • Tactical homework and practice

  • Reading recommendations

  • Peer-to-peer forum

  • One-to-one coaching and support 

  • Connections to mentors and experts for in-depth follow up

Your courses and homework will be self-paced, but you will have a dedicated staff member to support with additional resources, check-ins, and coaching. ​

Through the support of the US Economic Development Administration, this course is being offered free of charge. Applications and admissions are on a rolling basis through the summer of 2022.  ​

LAUNCHING NOV 2021

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Session
Crushing Your Market Research Strategy
Customer Interviewing
Agile Design & Lean Validation
Mindful Materials Selection
Transforming a Sketch to a Prototype
User-Centric Design and Leveraging a Minimum Viable Product
Securing a Patent
Product Manufacturing Overview
Supply Chain Management & Distribution Channels
Pricing & Cost Structures
Packaging Design
Early Stage Financing
Building Your Product Sales Strategy
Product Launch Planning: Generating Buzz
Everything We Wish We Knew for Large Scale Consumer Products