For over 20 years, IdeaFunding has been Tucson’s premier event for cultivating Southern Arizona’s entrepreneurial community.
IdeaFunding brings together individual and aspiring entrepreneurs, early-stage product and service developers, and startup founders with mentors, advisors, and investors for a day of networking, education and opportunity.
The goal of IdeaFunding is to enrich our local and regional entrepreneurial ecology by providing a platform for showcasing innovators, uniting makers with funders, and cross-pollinating ideas through high-quality, tactics-based education.
Originally founded by Larry Hecker and Sherry Hoskinson, IdeaFunding has been a part of both the University of Arizona’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and the Arizona Center for Innovation, and now calls Startup Tucson home. Under the leadership of the Startup Tucson team, a volunteer committee of local business and community leaders come together to help design and execute the event. The event includes multiple educational sessions, an investor luncheon, one-to-one consults, and an evening celebration with a Keynote speaker, pitch competition, community awards, and prizes.
Startup Tucson is working to transform our region’s economy through entrepreneurship and innovation by helping to grow a strong, vibrant startup ecosystem of companies, entrepreneurs, and talent in Tucson.
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TENWEST Festival is an annual festival (now in its fourth year) that brings together community and industry leaders of innovation, creativity, and social impact for a week long celebration of Tucson’s unique culture.
The vision of TENWEST Festival is to celebrate the people, talent and opportunity that exists for the future of Tucson. Workshops, discussions, performances, panels, demonstrations, and mixers take place over the course of the week in order to nurture connections between innovators and inspire collaboration. The TENWEST Festival has continually expanded to welcome over 5000 visitors and issued over 700 full-access passports to experience 60+ unique events and exhibitions that encouraged curiosity and discovery in arts, social impact, entrepreneurship, technology, and communities.
IdeaFunding is a key partner within TENWEST Festival plays a major role in ensuring a strong startup and entrepreneur track within the festival. A TENWEST Festival passport gives attendees access to most of the week’s events, including IdeaFunding. Attendees also have the opportunities to purchase entry to select lunches and dinners at an additional fee.
About Startup Tucson
To achieve its mission, Startup Tucson serves people aspiring to create or help grow companies in the City of Tucson or adjacent communities in Pima County. We engage people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. Our team is proud to support IdeaFunding and TENWEST Festival as community-led initiatives driven by volunteers and organizational partners that are collaborating to impact the Southern Arizona community.