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.

Our Director of Business Development, Justin Dutram, was invited by the Hermosillo, Sonora Chapter of the National Chamber of Transformative Industries (CANACINTRA) to present on the Global Advantage program and opportunities for developing business collaborations between Arizona and Sonora at the largest industry expo in Sonora, Vive la Expo 2016. The Expo was on November 9 & 10 in Hermosillo and attended by 140 companies and over 3000 attendees. Vive la Expo draws many of the most important OEMs and suppliers engaged in the state of Sonoras manufacturing, mining, and food processing sectors. This year the event placed a special focus on developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sonora with an emphasis on supporting tech SMEs and start-ups. Dutrams presentation on the Global Advantage program highlighted Tech Parks Arizona and its partners efforts in business attraction both globally and domestically, and how the program is designed to help fast-growing, small and medium sized tech companies become established and prosper in our binational region.

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Tech Launch Arizona Coaches Business Teams to Success

At the Get Started Tucson business pitch competition, judges selected just eight teams out of a pool of 69 applicant companies to pitch at the Tucson version of ABCs Shark Tank. Of those, two were companies working to commercialize technologies invented at the University of Arizona.

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MPA Common Ground 

Tech Parks Arizona won an Award of Merit and a Certificate of Special Regnition at the Common Grounds Awards Ceremony for our initiative, Building our Workforce Through ESTEAM. The award recognized our efforts to develop a skilled workforce in Pima County. The ESTEAM (Engineering, Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Mathematics) program focus on two key audiences: high school students and the military. Each year MPA recognizes projects that advance the development of our community through community partnerships. 

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Regents' Professor Leslie Tolbert Elected AAAS Fellow

Dr. Leslie Tolbert, the UA professor of neuroscience and cellular and molecular medicine has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Tolbert is a Campus Research Corporation board member and previously oversaw the Tech Parks operating as the Universitys Vice President for Research.

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IdeaFunding was a great success for AzCI and its clients. Bo Ryu of  EpiSys and Will Gibson of BoxSwap presented their Business Model Canvas poster alongside 6 other startups.  EpiSys won the $500 prize for the best poster pitch. Shiva Planjery of Codelucida (a University startup), was a panelist at the Finding Money Without Losing Ownership session. Hugh Garvey of EOI Tech was a panelist at the Beg, Borrow and Succeed session. Marie Wesselhoft of MSDx  moderated the Equity Funding for Early Stage Startups session. Anita Bhappu of Sharing Tribes (a University startup) did an excellent job during the Get Started Tucson business pitch competition and made great connections.

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Park Visitors

Pima Association of Governments (PAG) hosted a group of visitors from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) here at the UA Tech Park. The delegation was visiting this area as part of a grant PAG received for FTA Mobility On Demand Sandbox Program/AMORE Rita Ranch Area Pilot. The grant will allow the area to look at different transportation options for the region. If the FTA likes what they see in the pilot program, then there could be additional funding for a more permanent program.

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Technology Recycling

The UA Tech Park in partnership with Westech Recyclers and the Arizona Tech Council held a successful technology recycling event in the beginning of November.  Park tenants recycled everything from computer monitors to cell phones.  A total of # pounds was collected.  Thanks to all who participated and helped keep our communities clean and beautiful by keeping harmful materials out of the landfills. This is a reoccurring event.

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Staff Profile

The Business Development Team works diligently to recruit new tenants to the UA Tech Park that align with targeted industry sectors placing a high priority on recruiting companies desiring connectivity to the University of Arizona. The team also has launched an aggressive international business attraction strategy called Global Advantage program which provides a soft landing program and business development assistance.

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Tech Parks Arizona is part of Tech Launch Arizona, an office of integrated teams creating an ecosystem of invention and commercialization throughout Arizona and beyond. TLA generates social and economic impact through bringing the inventions of the University of Arizona from the lab to the marketplace.

Tech Parks Arizona
9070 S. Rita Road, Suite 1750, Tucson AZ 85747   520-621-4088