University of Arizona startup incubator to be launched in Sierra Vista | Jobs Recent


Tech-savvy entrepreneurs in the Sierra Vista area can get help starting and growing their businesses from the University of Arizona business incubator.

The UA Innovation Center has partnered with the Sierra Vista City of Industrial Development Authority, the Sierra Vista Department of Economic Development, and the Sierra Vista Regional Chamber of Commerce to sponsor three local start-ups with UACI support services for a year.

Science and technology startups that are headquartered in the Sierra Vista region or whose founders come from this area can apply for the “Sponsored Launch” program, and applications are accepted until January 13.

For more information or to apply, go to tucne.ws/1m5m.

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Successful startup founders will receive UACI resources, amenities, services, and expert advice to grow their businesses and use office space with Sierra Vista IDA.

Sierra Vista, about 80 miles southeast of Tucson in Cochise County, has a population of about 45,000. Its largest employer is Fort Huachuca, a military training and operations center for communications and intelligence.

Demetry Simonton, chairman of the Sierra Vista IDA board, said UACI’s resources will help the city support local entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses.

“We want to support entrepreneurs who want to work hard and cultivate their ideas; this is the same drive that the west was built on,” Simonton said in a joint statement with the UACI.

The emerging Sierra Vista incubator is the latest “outpost” that UACI has established to serve entrepreneurs in the region, along with facilities and locally funded sponsorship programs launched in recent years in Oro Valley, Sahuarita and Vail. Headquartered at UA Tech Park on South Rita Road, UACI has approximately 80 companies in its programs.

UACI Executive Director Eric Smith said Sierra Vista and Cochise County have the potential to develop tech startups that can boost the regional economy.

“It is clear that there is a demand for this type of activity in the region and we are pleased to be able to help meet that need,” Smith said.

Following a review process and interviews, the winning teams will be announced on February 1, with the incubator’s grand opening scheduled for some time in February, the UACI said.

Selected teams will receive annual sponsorship in an incubator and office space with Sierra Vista IDA. The total value of the prize package is $10,000 per startup.

Learn about the incentives the City of Sierra Vista offers for businesses to move or expand there.



Contact Senior Reporter David Wichner at dwichner@tucson.com or 520-573-4181. On Twitter: @dwichner. On Facebook: Facebook.com/DailyStarBiz



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