IdeaFunding Returns to TENWEST Impact Festival in 2023 to Showcase Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Applications Launch for Pitch Competition with over $70,000 in Prizes

July 24, 2023 (Tucson, Ariz.) – Applications for the 2023 IdeaFunding competition are live and startups can submit applications before August 28, 2023. IdeaFunding is Southern Arizona’s largest and longest entrepreneurial conference and pitch competition, where this year over $70,000 in prize funding will be awarded to Arizona companies. IdeaFunding is co-led by Startup Tucson and the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) and presented by the Arizona Commerce Authority. Continue reading

Startup Metfora to advance development of AI-enabled diagnostic technology


TUCSON, AZ  – University of Arizona startup Metfora, LLC has announced that it is the recipient of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase l Award from the National Science Foundation to pursue the detection of chronic diseases via multiplex analysis of circulating metabolites. The company will receive a one-year grant of $255,706 to expand a pioneering diagnostic technology originally developed at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson.Continue reading