Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Finalists in the Spring 2019 Arizona Innovation Challenge

 

PHOENIX, AZ (June 6, 2019) — The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced today finalists have been selected to advance to the final round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge, the agency’s business plan competition for promising early-stage technology companies in high-growth industries.

 

The 15 finalists were selected from among 25 semifinalists. Up to ten companies will ultimately be chosen for awards up to $150,000 in capital to grow their businesses, advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona. The competition is held by the ACA in the spring and in the fall.

 

“Companies that are advancing life-changing technologies continue to scale in Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Congratulations to the Spring 2019 finalists on advancing to this stage of the competition!”

 

The 15 Spring 2019 Arizona Innovation Challenge finalists include:

 

Company

Industry 

Location

Additive Implants Inc.

Bio & Life Sciences

Phoenix, AZ

Admiral Instruments

Advanced Manufacturing

Phoenix, AZ

AdviNOW Medical

Bio & Life Sciences

Scottsdale, AZ

BrightGuest

IT - Software

Gilbert, AZ

CATS Tonometer, LLC

Bio & Life Sciences

Tucson, AZ

Digitile

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

EnPower, Inc.

Cleantech/Renewable Energy

Phoenix, AZ

Heads Up Health

IT - Software

Scottsdale, AZ

Innovative Construction Technology

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

LIGHTHOUSE

Bio & Life Sciences

Scottsdale, AZ

OptimumHQ

IT - Software

Mesa, AZ

OraVu

Bio & Life Sciences

Scottsdale, AZ

Remitter

IT - Software

Tempe, AZ

SafKan, Inc. 

Bio & Life Sciences 

Tucson, AZ 

TouchPoint Solution 

Bio & Life Sciences 

Scottsdale, AZ 

     

Awardees will receive extensive mentoring and coaching from high-level CEOs through the ACA’s Venture Ready Program. In order for the awardees to receive all of their grant funding, they will be required to successfully graduate from Venture Ready within 12 months.

 

Media Contact

Connie Weber, Arizona Commerce Authority, (602) 845-1243, conniew@azcommerce.com

 

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter @azcommerce.