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The Arizona Commerce Authority is proud to once again sponsor PHX Startup Week, and we can say with confidence that this event is an exciting kickstart to the suite of signature innovation-focused events scheduled for 2020.

So, there is no better place than this to announce some exciting venture attraction opportunities coming to Arizona.

This spring, the ACA, in partnership with Stout Street Capital, will host the largest venture capital conference in state history. UNMET Arizona 2020 will feature 100 fast-growing tech companies that will have access to more than 120 institutional investors from across the country.

The UNMET Conference will serve another tool helping to facilitate increased deal flow, furthering Arizona’s reputation as the best place to test, launch and scale new ideas and new technologies.

This reputation of Arizona’s vibrant innovation ecosystem has been cemented under the leadership of Governor Ducey, who has consistently advanced policies that embrace emerging technologies and serve as a draw for new venture capital making its way to Arizona.

Our state posted a record-breaking year in 2019, with more than $1.1 billion invested by venture capital firms in Arizona-based companies. The investment represents 206 deals. Clearly, Arizona’s innovation ecosystem is humming with big ideas and bold entrepreneurs. And our growing venture attraction portfolio is helping those ideas commercialize.

UNMET Arizona 2020 will be held May 12-14 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the event, we will be celebrating the graduates of the ACA’s Venture Ready Accelerator business mentorship program, which will feature a graduation showcase, reception and kickoff gala.

Arizona is home to visionary entrepreneurs and industry-leading companies at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies. We’re confident the momentum will continue, and together, we’ll continue to make Arizona a national model of startup success.

This blog post was written and submitted by Arizona Commerce Authority. Thank you to the ACA for their generous support of PHX Startup Week 2020.