It’s All About the People

Why StartupAZ?

It’s about founders supporting founders, understanding the challenges of company building, celebrating wins and learning from losses. The best leaders know they can learn from each other, forge trusting relationships, broaden their knowledge and solve problems faster in a group than going at it on their own. StartupAZ Collective identifies and connects the region’s highest potential leaders and provides resources and connectivity to accelerate their growth.

96

Founders in StartupAZ Collective

$300M+

Million Capital Raised

1700

 Jobs created by SC founders

Learning from those who’ve paved the way.

StartupAZ engages with the most impactful business leaders in Arizona to support the early stage founders through mentoring. These investors, founders and community partners share the wisdom

they’ve gained and lessons learned to propel the growth of Arizona’s newest companies. The combination of generosity and learning from those who have paved the way provides the foundation of StartupAZ.

 

Founders Stories

Meet Our Team

Brandon Clarke

Executive Director

Annette Zinky

Director of Venture Development

Jennifer Wong

Experience Manager

Daniela Santangelo

Director of Community

Brandon Clarke

Executive Director

Annette Zinky

Director of Venture Development

Jennifer Wong

Project Manager

Daniela Santangelo

Director of Community

Our Board of Directors

MRTNZ Ventures

Mario Martinez II

Co-Founder / Chairman Emeritus

StartupAZ / Catalyst R&D

Brandon Clarke

Co-Founder / Vice-Chairman

PHX Ventures

Gregg Scoresby

Chairman

Osborn Maledon

Tom Curzon

Board Member

Arizona State University

Ji Mi Choi

Board Member

Savvy Trader

Hamid Shojaee

Board Member

Partners

StartupAZ is made possible by these generous organizations.

Venture Partners

Community Partners

Founding Partners

Get Involved

Are you a founder, investor or just someone who is passionate about supporting our local startups? Let's get you plugged in.