Tech Parks Arizona creates interactive ground, which generates, attracts and supports technology companies and talent in alignment with the goals of the University of Arizona.

On April 27, seventeen teams of high school students participated solar-powered go-karts that they had designed, constructed and tested for Racing the Sun, a program that has been hosted by Tech Parks Arizona for the past eight years to encourage students and spark their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers. Students had to meet several milestones throughout the course of the school year. While participating in the program, students learned team building, time management, critical thinking, and leadership skills.  Racing the Sun provides an experience that students do not typically get to have in the classroom. By working with industry mentors and college students, participants learned about possible career paths and how attainable and fun these jobs can be.

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Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Tours the UA Tech Park

On April 25, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick visited the UA Tech Park at Rita Road. Congresswoman Kirkpatrick was briefed on the economic impact of the UA Tech Park and also met with business leaders from startup companies as well as tech giants. She also met with students who work at the Park and learned about their projects. Her visit included a tour of the Tech Park campus including the wet labs, prototyping lab, event center and the Solar Zone.

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Securing SBIR/STTR Funding

On April 11, as an extension of the annual SBIR/STTR Summit, the University of Arizona (UA) Center for Innovation put on the Next Steps for SBIR/STTR Funding. Participants learned and discussed how to determine which SBIR/STTR funding agencies they should apply to, how to prepare for their first proposal, and how to improve their proposal. The UA Center for Innovation is dedicated to helping startups and innovators securing funding especially through the Federal resources of SBIR/STTR Funding.

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Aerospace and Defense Workforce Summit

On April 23, Tucson Metro Chamber hosted a summit bringing together major corporations, higher education institutes, and military partners as well as the Arizona Commerce Authority.  Presentations and discussions focused on advancing the aerospace and defense workforce ecosystems through the support of job seekers and employers.

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Vail Chamber Connections

Tech Parks Arizona celebrated both the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce (GVACC) grand opening of their new Connections Office Space and the success of the growing businesses in the Vail region. The UA Center for Innovation has touchdown office space at the Vail Chamber Connection office and, likewise, the Vail Chamber has a touchdown office at the UA Center for Innovation. Startup companies, business coaches, Vail businesses, Tech Parks partners and more can work from either office and build upon this foundation of rich business connections.

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Pop-up Party in the Park

Come join your fellow Tech Cats and all the local Chambers of Commerce on May 15 from 5 PM to 7 PM for an evening of food, conversation, music, and fun. All attendees will receive two drink tickets as well as some light hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy music by the Lucky Devils Band. Mark your calendars for this exciting networking event!

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Donations to the YWCA

Companies from across the UA Tech Park held a women's workforce clothing donation drive during the entire month of March. A stock-pile of professional clothing was delivered to the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Your Sister's Closet project to support their community outreach program in April. Thank you to the Tech Park community for supporting the YWCA and women in the workforce.

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Launching Businesses in Sahuarita, Arizona

The UA Center for Innovation teamed up with the Town of Sahuarita to teach interested entrepreneurs how to successfully launch their startup business through a series of workshops. These workshops were organized much like a boot camp would and focused on moving ideas from concept to reality. The program is available to those in the Town of Sahuarita.

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Scott Sawyer

Scott Sawyer is a graduate student at the University of Arizona in physics and a teacher at Pima Community College. He has been an integral asset to the Racing the Sun solar go-kart competition this year by mentoring students who participated in the go-kart construction. He taught the students the logistics of both gear ratios and different electrical concepts. 

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