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info@startuptucson.com |  (520) 47- START  |  P.O. Box 1214, Tucson Arizona, 85702 | Startup Tucson is a 501(c)3 

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Terms and Conditions



The Tucson Innovation Partnership is an informal group of individuals and organizations seeking to serve the entrepreneurship and innovation communities. 

Purpose of TIP
  • To help each other provide better services to our respective constituents within the startup community

  • To coordinate activities among the member organizations at a strategic level, not at the individual case level

  • To better represent the collective interests of entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses to the economic development community

How to Join: 

Membership is voluntary and open to anyone whose interests are aligned with TIP’s purpose and who finds value in participating in the monthly meetings. TIP membership will not be marketed publicly but members may invite guests to join. 

For further inquiries please feel free to reach out to liz@startuptucson.com

Organizational Structure:

No formal organization, however members should remain active attending and participating in the monthly meetings. 


The group will meet monthly to update each other on relevant programs and initiatives and discuss issues relevant to the purpose of the group. Specific needs or initiatives aligned with TIP’s purpose may be brought to the group, and interested members can form a committee to address them beyond the general monthly meetings.

Meeting Structure: 
  • Meets Second Wednesday of the Month from 3:00-4:00pm. 

  • Standing agenda: Intro to the purpose of TIP and of the meeting, Round robin updates (2-5 minutes depending on the number of attendees, keep it to what’s new and relevant), any specific topics of the month

Rules of Play: 

 As a participant you agree to:

  • Come to the table with your first priority being how to better serve the needs of startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses

  • Contribute positively to the discussion or not at all

  • No criticism or opinions, only suggestions as to how to improve

  • Stay on topic and limit lengthier discussions for follow-up meetings

Current Members 

Alma Peralta

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Barbara Coffee 

City of Tucson 

Curt Woody

Town of Marana 

David Adame 

Chicanos Por La Causa 

Dick Gruentzel 

Tucson Airport Authority 

Edward James 

Global Advantage 

Felipe Garcia 

Visit Tucson

Gina Catalano

Barrio Co 

Jim Jindrick

University of Arizona, RDI

John Dennis 

Optics Valley

Justin Dutram

University of Arizona

Katina Koller 

Barrio Co

Larry Head

University of Arizona 

Michael Guymon 

Tucson Metro Chamber 

Nils Urman 

Pima County One Stop

Rick Ygnve 

University of Arizona 

Stephen Fleming

University of Arizona, RDI 

Tracy Bibeau

Tech Parks Arizona 

Ana Grief

Pima Community College

Brian Ellerman 

University of Arizona

Curtis Gunn

Desert Angels

David Welsh 

Sun Corridor Inc.

Doug Hockstad

Tech Launch Arizona

Ellen Kirton 

Pima Community College 

Fletcher McCusker

Rio Nuevo

Ian Roark 

Pima Community College

Jimmy Johnson 

Town of Oro Valley 

John Moffatt 

Pima County Economic Development 

Kara Festa

Westland Resources, INC. 

Kelly Fryer 

YWCA Women's Business Center

Liz Pocock 

Startup Tucson 

Michael Peel 

Local First 

Patrick Cavanaugh 

Pima County Economic Development 

Rodney Nelson

Rev AZ 

Ted Maxwell 

Southern Arizona Leadership Council

Valerie Sanchez 

Chicanos Por La Causa 

Anita Bell

Arizona Center for Innovation

Carol Stewart 

Tech Parks Arizona

Dave Perry

Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce 

Deborah Embry 

Center/Tucson Urban League

Dre Voelkel

Startup Tucson 

Eric Smith

Tech Launch Arizona 

Francisca Villegas

YWCA Women's Business Center 

Jeff Sales

Arizona Tech Council

Joann MacMaster

Tech Launch Arizona

Julie Katsel

University of Arizona 

Kathy Prather


Krista McGarvey

Arizona Commerce Authority 

Marisol Vindiola

Visit Tucson 

Molly Gilbert

Tech Parks Arizona

Paulo Goes 

Eller College of Managment 

Shari Kahn 

Arizona Center for Innovation 

Teresa Bravo 

Pima County Economic Development 

Victor Gonzalez