Whether you’re looking for new deals, to raise funding, for new clients, or to build regional capacity, IdeaFunding Pitch Arizona 2012 will be the place to connect in Arizona. At Pitch Arizona 2012, the region’s top innovators will take center stage and connect with leading early stage investors and mentors. Every Fortune 500 company started with an idea and vision. Finding the right resources, partners, and capital to execute on an idea is one of the greatest challenges entrepreneurs face. In today’s economy you need to identify the right partners and opportunities to bring it all together. Pitch Arizona provides one of the highest densities of investors, executive management, and sharp entrepreneurs with great ideas. It’s an event you don’t want to miss.
NEW: Roundtable on Practical Contributions of Entrepreneurship in our Community
Gary D. Rhoades, Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, will moderate a roundtable discussion on practical contributions of entrepreneurship in our community. Harry A. George, Managing General Partner of Solstice Capital, Richard T. Myers, Chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, and others will take part in the roundtable.
NEW: Pitch Arizona Prizes Announced
Pitch Arizona will provide startups exceptional exposure and expert advice. In addition to pitching their ideas to venture capital and mezzanine lenders, angel investors, corporate VCs, investment firms and private equity representatives, the 40 entrepreneurs and teams making pitches have four ways to win.
- Eller College of Management Award for Greatest Potential to Create Jobs – $2,500
- IdeaFunding Award for Best Pitch – $2,500
- Arizona Center for Innovation Award for Most Innovative – $2,500 and a three month service package
- Grand Champion Award – a five-minute presentation to the Desert Angels at 6 p.m.
Anyone seeking capital and exposure for their innovations can apply to pitch. A full business plan is not required. Apply to pitch!
Pre-Session: Lean Pitching
This interactive workshop with Aaron Eden, Director of Gangplank Tucson, will provide tips and tricks for applying lean startup techniques to your pitches to increase your chance of success. This pre-session workshop is free, but registration is required. Register now!
Special Program Note!
Matt Muehlebach will Interview David Allen, Executive Director of Tech Launch Arizona. At 5:15 p.m., Matt will quiz David N. Allen, Ph.D., the new executive director of Tech Launch Arizona, a technology commercialization center that aims to help move knowledge and inventions developed at the University of Arizona to the market. Read more about David Allen here.
Call for Entrepreneurs!
Entrepreneurs actively seeking capital or building exposure for your innovation–apply to present at Pitch Arizona. A full day of pitch opportunities and formats will give you exceptional exposure! This is also one of the single best opportunities for would be entrepreneurs to watch and learn about entrepreneurship in Arizona.
Investors and mentors announced!
Venture capital, mezzanine lenders, angel investors, corporate VCs, investment firms and private equity will be represented:
- Alan Alexander
- Ngoc Can
- John Culligan, C8VC
- Sean Floyd, Bourque
- Jeff Jacob
- T.J. Jennings, Arizona Commerce Authority
- Michael Kanko
- David Loynd
- Shannon Marty
- Steve May
- Pamela Sutherland, Downtown Tucson Partnership
Call for sponsors!
IdeaFunding 2012 Pitch Arizona is a tradition in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Be a part of kicking off a new era by sponsoring this Arizona-wide, inclusive, open-pitch event.
Registration and Information
Register now: https://www.regonline.com/PitchArizona2012
For additional information please call 520-621-4823.