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Downtown Tucson

IdeaFunding is one of Arizona's largest conferences for entrepreneurs. It is a full day of pitch competitions, panels, discussions, speakers and networking around best practices, key lessons and next steps to launch a company.

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Programs & Services

IdeaFunding is a full day conference of over 500 regional entrepreneurs, investors, and innovation ecosystem stakeholders.  The event has becan almost 25 years ago and has grown in scope and impact each year.  A critical part of the conference is the annual pitch competition.  The pitch competion features between 20 - 30 startups in multiple fields battling it our for various prizes, including the grand prize of $25,000.

One of the unique featues of IdeaFunding is the hands-on mentorship and training that teams recieve prior to pitching.  As the pitch compeition focuses mainly on early-stage companies team are trained on the many facets of successful pitches, including storytelling, delivery, pitch deck design and flow.  Mentors coach teams to refine their pitches into compelling and powerful presentations through four weeks of training.

Prerequisites or Exclusions

While anyone may purchase a ticket to attend the IdeaFunding conference, startups must apply to pitch in the pitch competition. The pitch application window typically opens two or three months prior to the conference.

Getting Connected
For more information about IdeaFunding, check out the Startup Tucson website or contact the Startup Tucson team.

Primary Contact

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Liz Pocock

Additional Information

IdeaFunding is only one day of the ten day impact festival called TENWEST. For more information about TENWEST you can check out

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