Meet the 2021 Arizona Innovation Challenge Awardees


Of the ten awardees, five are bio & life science companies: Navi Nurses, ReSuture, SaiOx Inc., TapRoot Interventions & Solutions, and The Patient Company


PHOENIX, AZ (December 1, 2021) — The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced today 10 companies have been selected as Awardees for the 2021 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC).

The 10 companies will be added to the Arizona Innovation Challenge portfolio and participate in the ACA’s Venture Ready Accelerator, connecting companies with serial entrepreneurs, high-level executives, and subject matter experts. Participants will complete a series of panels and workshops over the next 12 months.   The Accelerator helps startups refine their business plans, improve go-to-market execution strategies and increase investor readiness.

The AIC is designed to advance innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona by helping early-stage ventures scale. Since 2011, the ACA has selected 120 AIC awardees from over 2,000 applicants. Previous AIC Awardees including CampusLogic, eVisit, Paradox, Trainual, AdviNOW Medical,, RexPay and EnPower have earned national recognition for their work and are an integral part of the state’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“The 2021 AIC Awardees demonstrate the strength of Arizona’s entrepreneurial community,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “From a pool of more than 100 applicants, these 10 companies captured the judges’ attention with their dynamic ideas solving tomorrow’s challenges. Congratulations to all the awardees and we look forward to their continued success as they participate in the ACA’s Venture Ready Accelerator.”

The 2021 Arizona Innovation Challenge awardees are:

Company Industry  Location
Ampcera Inc Advanced Materials Tucson, AZ
Better Agency, Inc IT – Software Mesa, AZ
Bluetail, Inc. IT – Software  Phoenix, AZ
Dorm Room Movers IT– Software  Scottsdale, AZ
Navi Nurses Bio & Life Sciences   Phoenix, AZ
ReSuture Bio & Life Sciences Surprise, AZ
SaiOx Inc. Bio & Life Sciences Tucson, AZ
TapRoot Interventions & Solutions Bio & Life Sciences   Tucson, AZ
The Patient Company Bio & Life Sciences Scottsdale, AZ
VIVAHR IT – Software  Phoenix, AZ


The 10 awardees were selected by judges after pitching their startups in-person before a panel of investors on November 17.

Now that the judging rounds are complete, participants will have an opportunity to receive a consultation with the ACA to discuss their application and other potential resources available to help improve their business plans.

To learn more about the 2021 AIC Awardees, click HERE

Media Contact

Alyssa Tufts, Arizona Commerce Authority,

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 and follow the ACA on Twitter @azcommerce.

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