We’re seeking speakers that reflect the diversity of Arizona.

Apply to present at PHX Startup Week, March 4 — 9, 2019.

Our theme for 2019 is to Thrive Together and we want our programming to reflect the diversity that PHX has to offer as we endeavor to have new voices at the table who may not have seen Startup Week as a place for them in the past.

2019 Industry & Functional Tracks

Our goal this year is to build PHX into a diverse, entrepreneurial hub and connect PHX entrepreneurs to a community which cultivates and empowers the entrepreneurial spirit. To create a diverse hub, we’re organizing content across multiple disciplines to serve different needs across our community with a variety of formats, such as panels, fireside chats, and workshops.

  • Blockchain
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Finance
  • Food & Wellness
  • International
  • Med-Tech
  • Product/Manufacturing
  • SaaS
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Entrepreneurship
  • Real Estate
  • Retail/Ecommerce
  • All industries welcome!
  • Design/Develop
  • Marketing/Brand
  • Operations
  • Founder
  • Growth

2019 Core Principles

Each day of PHX Startup Week and within the different tracks, our core principles will be present and discussed from different industry and functional perspectives. For each talk or session, one or more of our key principles need to be present. Our goal is to cultivate and empower the entrepreneurial spirit. Through our core principles, we hope to equip attendees with the knowledge to navigate the dynamic business landscape of 2019.


Collaborative Problem-Solving

Innovation results from ideation amongst individuals seeking to solve of pain points or provide solutions. Collaboration has become increasingly important as businesses operate in a constant environment of change. It’s not only effective within teams or businesses to solve problems, but also across businesses in an ecosystem. How have you used joint partnerships and co-branding opportunities, and collaborative problem-solving to bring fresh ideas to the stage?

How do teams effectively collaborate to solve problems?


Culture Embedded in Business

Daniel Pink argues that a sense of purpose is one of the keys to motivating people. Employees need to understand their purpose in a business and feel appreciated for the value they provide. Culture plays a critical role in providing this purpose for employees. In this dynamic, evolving business landscape, businesses need to prioritize culture and encourage employees to drive growth within the organization.

How can leaders inspire and create productive people-centric cultures?

Customer Obsession

Customer Focus

Technology amplifies consumers’ voices by providing platforms to share their honest feedback on the products or services they use. With more powerful consumer voices, brands can better understand and connect with their audiences. Businesses need to become customer-obsessed and operate from a customer-first mindset in everything that they do.

Why do companies need to transform into customer-centric businesses?


Embracing Diversity

It’s been noted by McKinsey that “More diverse companies, in their opinion, are better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision making, and all that leads to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns.” Diversity is becoming more and more important in business as a competitive advantage.

How do we create a culture of allies to support diverse groups in the workplace? How do we embrace diversity in people, thought, opinion, style, and background to empower our employees, connect with customers, and drive greater business success?


Future is Now

Industries face challenges of keeping ahead of the wave of disruption before aging out of markets. New technologies and trends consistently transform the ways we do business. Businesses need to anticipate trends and make changes to stay ahead of those trends driving future innovation. People are the barrier to entry, so how can businesses create lasting value to meets consumers’ changing needs?

What new technologies and trends are transforming the ways we do business?


Grit – Failing Forward

According to Wikipedia “Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal or end state. This perseverance of effort promotes the overcoming of obstacles or challenges that lie on the path to accomplishment and serves as a driving force in achievement realization.” In order to fail forward, we must leverage mistakes quickly learn, assess risk and experiment forward towards a more successful path.

How do we embrace our failures in order to learn, grow, and make progressive steps forward in business and leadership development?


Transformational Leadership

Today businesses operate in dynamic, evolving markets as technology disrupts industries and consumers grow more diverse and powerful. Leaders need to create change to shape the future success of their businesses. Transformational leaders focus on inspiring a vision, motivating teams to deliver that vision, and building trust-based collaborative relationships in order to innovate and inspire change.

How do leaders inspire and motivate others to create change that grows and shapes our future?

Technology Changes

Navigating Technological Change

We need to embrace technological change across all industries as it becomes embedded into new spaces. We live in a time of accelerating changes. Our world is being transformed by the digital revolution, faster than our business, governmental, & social norms are able to process and accept. We must find a way to navigate an uncertain future of our making or unmaking.

How do we skillfully navigate unforeseen obstacles and unpredictable disruptions in a rapidly transformative technological business landscape?

Submission Details

What to expect after submission

12/9/18 – Deadline for submitting speaker applications
1/2/19 – Individual speakers will be announced
1/7/19 – Speakers track information will be announced

Please note: We are a volunteer committee and unable to provide feedback on your submission outside of this timeline. Any questions or concerns can be sent to program[at]phxstartupweek.net.

Application Process is Closed.