resource directory

This is a directory of resources with a special focus on serving the needs of entrepreneurs, early stage companies, and investors in Arizona.
Hover over a resource name below to learn more and to view the contact information.

he Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI) is a business incubator and innovation center that promotes and accelerates technology commercialization. AzCI helps entrepreneurs transform their ideas into successful companies through focused programs; world-class mentors and content experts; community events and support in execution. Housed at the UA Tech Park, AzCI provides nearly 18,000 SQFT of full-serviced office and meeting space; wet and dry lab facilities and equipment with an on-site lab manager; a video conference room and collaboration center; and access to Park amenities. At any time AzCI supports about 15 companies, reflecting a unique blend of University and community projects that span a range of technologies from software to life science.

To find out more, please contact AzCI Director, Joann MacMaster.

Phone: 520-382-3260

Arizona Furnace is an innovative startup accelerator designed to incubate and launch new companies created by licensing technology and intellectual property from Arizona’s premiere research institutions. In partnership with Dignity Health Systems, NAU Innovations, NACET and BioAccel, Furnace will be an intensive, six-month accelerator experience for startups; providing them with initial seed funding, office space, and access to top industry mentors. Participants in Furnace will have access to the top discoveries made in Arizona laboratories and the opportunity to commercialize those technologies into high-potential startups.

Phone: 480-884-1803

The AZ TechCelerator is a business incubator with a focus on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.  Our four building campus is located in Surprise, Arizona, the state’s 10th largest city.  Our facility is designed to assist the entrepreneur with the tools and resources they need to be successful.

Phone: 623.222.TECH

Canal Partners is a Private Equity firm that provides professional investor capital to Software and Internet Technology companies that have market-proven products & services. Canal Partners is looking to create and increase value for highly scalable, revenue-generating, growth-oriented companies that are looking for an investment commitment of $1 to $5 million.

With offices in Arizona, Canal Partners invests in a variety of Internet and Software as a Service businesses – with focuses ranging from Consumer Services, Human Resources, Financial Services, Health Care Technology, Professional & Business Services, Information Technology, and Location Based Services. Canal Partners relies on management for daily operations of our portfolio companies, while actively participating in board, advisory, and support roles to build market-leading companies.

Phone: (480) 264-0238

The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation is a brand new facility that is located in central Phoenix on the campus of Gateway Community College.  CEI provides commercialization services to start-up companies who create jobs for the region. CEI business incubation program is designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies with our mentor’s network that is comprised of over 80 subject-matter experts who volunteer their time with our clients.  We provide networking opportunities, marketing assistance, access to angel investors or venture capital, links to university affiliations, management team recruitment, Intellectual property management, student research teams, pitch preparation skills training, team management and technology commercialization assistance.  CEI consists 35 office suites, with over 40% of our space being wet lab/bio space. Several open collaborative spaces and state of the art video conferencing units.

Digital Dogs is a premier web design firm specializing in custom web design, web applications, social media and mobile sites,

Phone: (480) 451-3647
Fax: (866) 415-3174
Gangplank is a network of collaborative workspaces providing resources and community for Arizona small businesses.

Hool Law Group is a law firm focused on entrepreneurial success, representing investors and growing ventures from start-up to exit.

We leverage our entrepreneurial spirit, connections, and the deep legal and business knowledge attained over 20 years to help our clients achieve their goals.

Phone: (602) 852-5500

LaunchSpot is a community co-working space with a strong mentor network, events and training focused on helping entrepreneurs get from idea to fundable startup.  With an open collaborative approach LaunchSpot works with all like entities in the startup ecosystem to help further it’s members.  LaunchSpot is currently working on pulling together two small funds to help early stage companies.

Advocating Capitalism as a Force for Good, MAC6 is a new breed of business incubator fusing principles of Conscious Capitalism® with Creativity, Collaboration, Community and Change.  We offer a 12-month program, including office and manufacturing space, elite business consulting, and accountability.  As double bottom-line investors, we believe financial success is a byproduct of innovation and achievement, so we focus on Higher Purpose as the key to maximizing financial and social impact.  We incubate pre and early revenue companies across a wide range of industries and technologies that offer potential for $20+ Million in profitable sales within five years.  We support entrepreneurial team strategies to maximize long-term profitability as the byproduct of Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Engagement, and Conscious Leadership and Culture.

Contact Scott or Kyle McIntosh via the MAC6 website:

The SBDC is a “go-to” organization most known for delivering results and improving the small business economic landscape.  Our mission is to provide high quality, high impact one-on-one counseling, resource assistance, and training to preserve and create small business jobs and revenue, and to facilitate capital formation throughout Arizona.  Our counseling service is no cost, and the many training programs that we offer are provided at low cost, to maximize client success and provide access to all.

Phone: 480-809-6117

Neubloc – Rightsource Software Design and Development

Neubloc is a software product design and development firm that leverages its US-based executive management, architecture, and design with offshore production and engineering resources to provide effective, cost-conscious solutions for our clients. Neubloc’s unique multi-continent network spans the globe to provide our customers with an efficient, streamlined project management approach. Our diverse team of software industry veterans, user experience experts and project delivery managers ensures our development process aligns with your company’s strategic goals and objectives.

Phone: 619.578.2873

We offer commercialization assistance to companies bringing new technologies to markets both domestically and internationally.  NACET provides company development including management recruitement, student research teams, access to over 80 mentors, training classes and assistance in positioning for fundraising.  NACET’s clients have raised over $70 million in capital in the last 3 years and created over 200 high paying jobs for Arizona.

Phone: 928-213-9234
Email: Russ Yelton:
SEED SPOT is a nonprofit incubator focused on supporting Arizona’s most innovative social entrepreneurs; those creating high impact ventures that improve the lives of people and communities on a local, national, or global scale. Whether a for-profit business with a social mission or a nonprofit organization with a sustainable revenue model – SEED SPOT believes in supporting entrepreneurs that are launching innovative ideas that improve lives, make communities stronger, and create positive social change.

All startup founders must deal with a huge number of startup unknowns which are generally outside their area of expertise, for example:

  • How to write an investment-grade business plan?
  • How to attract investors and secure funding?
  • How to select advisory board members?
  • How to create a financial model?
  • When and how to file patents?

The Startup Professionals team has extensive startup expertise in all these areas. Let us help you make your business dreams a reality, without breaking your budget!

Phone: 480-789-1621

The Idea Gardener® llc, is a business development and marketing consulting organization with a successful track record of helping entrepreneurs in the areas of:

  • Business planning and modeling
  • Marketing strategy and services
  • Mentorship and coaching
  • Preparation for capital formation (plans, pro formas, pitch decks)

Tom Fulcher, an entrepreneur and the firm’s founder has over 20 years of management experience including start-up, small firms and fortune 500 companies.  Tom also teaches ASU’s Innovation Advancement Program and lectures at The Thunderbird School of Global Management.  He and team members serve on the Invest Southwest Executive Committee, lead seminars (planning, branding/marketing and capital formation) and is very active in the angel community in Arizona.


Phone: 480-634-4125


Traklight provides entrepreneurs, inventors and business owners an alternative solution Intellectual Property (IP) identification, storage and protection.  We provide an easy to use and cost effective IP identification tool called ID Your IP.  The user simply logs on and answers a series of questions related to their business.  Developed by a team of legal professionals, the resulting custom report outlines their potential IP and what they should do to protect it.  Store your legal documents, trade secrets, and more in the IP Vault – a secure storage, organization and verification tool.

·      Before the attorney

·      Before you pitch/apply

·      Before you Crowdfund

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