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.

Great business ideas are generated everywhere. Transferring the idea from concept to invention takes commitment, work, support and resources. Where do entreprenuers find the resources and support they need to be successful? Incubators and accelerators provide crucial assistance. The Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI) is the longest-standing business incubation program in Arizona, created in 2003. It is a component of Tech Parks Arizona, which serves as "Interactive Ground" a place that connects University, community and industry in the pursuit of technology commercialization inventions stemming from University of Arizona research. 

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TLA Sharing Tribes  

Anita Bhappu, Ph.D., focuses her scholarship on digital retailing, services delivery, workplace diversity and sustainability. Her research has given rise to a new method for engaging employees in the Millennial workplace, which the UA has spun out into a startup, Sharing Tribes.

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Racing the Sun Workshop

More than 100 high school students and teachers joined Tech Parks Arizona for the 6th Annual Racing the Sun kickoff workshop on Sept. 24. Volunteers from Global Solar, P3Solar, Bay4 Energy and Musselman Honda provided hands-on training for building solar powered go-karts. University of Arizona College of Engineering students hosted several sessions, proving engineering is fun. Over the past six years, Racing the Sun has impacted the lives of more than 500 students

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Back to School Support

Tech Parks Arizona was acknowledged for its support of Councilwoman Shirley Scotts Back to School Bash. The program provides school supplies, haircuts, bike helmets, breakfast and family fun for students who otherwise might not have the supplies they need as they head back to school. The UA Tech Park (located in Ward IV) has supported the event the past three years.

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Principal of the Year

Dennis Barger, principal of Vail Academy & High School, was recently awarded the title of Principal of the Year by the Arizona Board of Education. Before receiving the award, Dennis Barger served four years as the Vail High School principal. Since the schools opening in 2010, the K12 community has blossomed here at the Tech Park. After six successful years of administration, we wish Dennis all the best and congratulate him on this fantastic achievement!

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AzCI is proud to be part of IdeaFunding. This annual event is an excellent opportunity to connect with startup leaders, mentors, advisors and investors; learn key skills:take the next steps to launching a startup and raising funds. Over $25,000 in cash is up for grabs this year! Join us at the event where you may see several AzCI clients pitch their startup company.

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Staff Profile

Adrian Martinez, Vail Academy and High School senior, is currently a student worker at the Arizona Center for Innovation. Adrian is very active in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Honor Society and Empire Varsity Baseball. He plans to attended the University of Arizona in May 2017 and major in biology with a minor in business.

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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