Sponsorship Programs

Through partnerships with community champions, UACI provides select startups with an opportunity to participate for a year in UACI’s incubation program. This Sponsored Launch may include work and lab space and potential cash prizes to give innovators the necessary resources to grow their business. 
The Sponsored Launch program is a competition and candidates must apply within specific timeframes. The winning startups are working on solutions for real-world problems and have a desire to make a significant difference in local and global communities through innovation.
UACI is excited to continue these beneficial collaborations that fuel Southern Arizona’s startup ecosystem and help startups achieve their goal of creating solutions for real-world problems to make a difference in the world through innovation.
Interested in supporting and fueling the next Sponsored Launch program? Contact info@uaci.org
UACI sponsored launch

Through a collaboration and sponsorship with Perkins Coie LLP, UACI is offering a sponsored year at the incubator for one deserving startup with a committed team that is working to solve a significant business or social challenge. The winning team will also receive a cash award of $15,000, which includes funding for a legal project budget. The total prize package is valued at $25,000. The cash award will be disbursed to the winning team in multiple installments during the award term (February 2022 through January 2023). Continued disbursement of the cash award installments will be contingent on continued active participation in the UACI program and progress towards completion of stated and agreed-upon program milestones.

Applications for the Sponsored Launch Program are open from December 15, 2021, through January 19, 2022.


December 15, 2021 – January 19, 2022: Opportunity open for applications

January 24, 2022 – January 31, 2022: Judging evaluation and applicant interviews

February 1, 2022: Winning startup announced

February 2022 – January 2023: Team participation in the UACI program


  •  The startup exists/operates in Southern Arizona and can take advantage of UACI space and programming

  •  The startup is pursuing an innovative solution to a significant business or societal challenge

  •  The startup is pursuing a scalable business model

  •  The team has a strong overall commitment to commercializing its innovation

  •  The team must have at least two founders or team members contributing significant efforts and time to the startup

  •  The team should demonstrate a need for incubation services

  • The team is making a significant difference in our local and global communities through innovation


Sponsored Launch Collaborators

SBIR Support

UACI helps companies apply for and secure SBIR/STTR funding. The SBIR and STTR programs fund a diverse portfolio of startups and small businesses across technology areas and markets to stimulate technological innovation, meet Federal research and development (R&D) needs, and increase commercialization to transition R&D into impact.

UACI helps startups navigate SBIR/STTR funding process by:

  • Providing letters of support for startups that meet certain requirements
  • Giving access to Subject Matter Experts to provide guidance and strategic support.
  • Providing connections to other resources as needed
  • Reviewing written materials
  • Conducting workshops and seminars