JUNE 2022

UACI Hosts Canadian Startups through Global Advantage Soft Landings Program

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) welcomes two Canadian Startups to its Global Advantage Soft-Landings program.

Ecobloc, which is based in Portugal Cove - St. Phillip's, Newfoundland, Canada, is a complete rodent audio defense solution which uses ultrasonic sound waves that create an acoustically hostile environment to repel rodents.

Longan Vision which is based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, focuses on developing smart products to improve work experience and efficiency for first responders.

UACI is providing a "soft landing" which means the international businesses have the necessary accommodations to experience smooth entry into the United States. UACI is working with the businesses to introduce them to local governmental officials that explain the business regulations, the resources and tools available through the University of Arizona, and of course the best food available in the UNESCO City of Gastronomy. The exploratory business mission is part of UACI's established international program that supports early-stage companies, called Global Advantage. This program utilizes it's strategic location in Tucson, Arizona paired with relatively low business startup costs and highly accessible major market connections to the west and east coasts.


Site Selection's Arizona State Spotlight: Tech Abounds in AZ

Site Selection Magazine highlighted the state of Arizona as a mecca for tech growth over the coming years. From battery production in the Phoenix area to the bustling startup scene growing in Tucson with UACI, Arizona is quickly becoming the place to be if you're in tech. UACI's successful incubator launch at Biosphere 2 has helped to show the world how the University of Arizona takes innovation and invention seriously, pushing forward to create both business growth and technology advancements.


New Mentor-In-Residence

Jennifer Keenan is the newest member of the UACI team! With over 20 years of experience in healthcare, data-based systems, digital and commercial products industries we know she will help us accomplish great things! In this role, she will be working with UACI staff, Subject Matter Experts, and current Mentor-In-Residence to support startups with an added focus on life sciences and emerging technologies.


Southern Arizona Coalition for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

UACI is a member of the Southern Arizona Coalition for Climate Adaptation and Resilience, a group of organizations across Southern Arizona committed to supporting innovations that solve our region's biggest climate-related problems. The project was formed in part through the U.S. Economic Development Administration's $1B Build Back Better Regional Challenge. Coalition members include UACI, Start Up Tucson, The University of Arizona, Arizona FORGE, Community Investment Corporation, Pima Community College, Arizona Western College, and the City of Tucson who recently gathered in Yuma, Arizona for the first annual governance meeting.


Solar Prize Launches Round 6 with $4.1 Million Available for Solar Innovators

The America-Made Solar Prize recently launched the sixth round of competition, offering a total of $4.1 million to teams of creative individuals and entrepreneurs who are ready to advance conceptual solar solutions toward product realities. Through three contests, participants compete for progressively larger cash and voucher prizes, including an optional justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) focused prize. Learn how you can help fuel the clean energy revolution through the Solar Prize Round 6 at the informational Webinar on July 13, register here. UACI is a Power Connector and has been providing recruitment support for the prize since Round 3!


The Refinery Opens With First Tenant, Tech Launch Arizona

A big congratulations to Tech Launch Arizona as they held their open house this month to celebrate their move into The Refinery at UA Tech Park at The Bridges. Tech Launch Arizona, along with UArizona Research, Innovation and Impact, as well as the UA Center for Innovation will create the University's new commercialization hub where all the UArizona resources come together under one roof to advance technology from within the University. 


Meet the Student Interns of UACI

Meet the UACI intern team! Our rock star interns have been putting in a lot of work and deserve their moment in the spotlight. With funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Wells Fargo, we have grown our intern program and pair students with female founders.


Startup Spotlight: . . .. Clear Core

Clear Core gives financial institutions access, clarity, and insight into their data to better serve their members, strengthen their communities, and reach their strategic goals.

September 23

Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards

Join Tucson Metro Chamber to mark another year of innovation, business growth and social impact in Southern Arizona. This year's Copper Cactus Awards will be hosted at the Tucson Convention Center on September 23, 2022 from 5-9 PM. It's going to be a fabulous night community celebration.


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The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) is a key component of Tech Parks Arizona which brings together university, industry and community to advance technology innovation. UACI is the University of Arizona's startup incubator network with outposts across the Southern Arizona region with a mission to grow scalable startup ventures that fuel the Arizona ecosystem.