Recap of Innovation Arizona Summit 2013

Written by on June 14, 2013 in Blog, Events, Startups - No comments
Innovation Arizona

The Innovation Arizona Summit united local startups, entrepreneurs, inventors and small business supporters on June 11, at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Attendees experienced a chance to interact with the best experts in town- not to mention limitless resources, all dedicated to helping entrepreneurs.

MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix

“A must-go affair for all startups, business leaders and innovators!”

In each room, people were networking with hundreds of peers while meeting up with incubators, accelerators, funders and investors, entrepreneur program groups, education and supporting growth organizations.

The summit sponsors provided an elegant venue in which to mix the local community of entrepreneurs with valuable resources and should be proud at the large, enthusiastic turnout of the event. Greatly, we would like to thank MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix, Arizona Commerce Authority, Phoenix Business Journal, Hool Law Group, Tallwave, and many other organizations for sponsoring this event.

Tempe Center for the Arts

Walking around the various rooms, we spoke with many startups, accelerators and small business supporters, as well as many entrepreneur and inventors, too.

Throughout the summit, many events were running simultaneously such as feature presentations giving investing and entrepreneurial tips in the large theater, entrepreneur breakout sessions in the studio and live crowdfunding from Propel Arizona. To let your mind rest in between information sessions and meet and greets, there was also an art exhibit and live entertainment- not to mention the amazing view through the towering windows looking out to Tempe Town Lake and the Pedestrian Bridge.

Innovation Arizona Summit 2013 Feature Presentations

Traklight intern, Mrigank Mishra said,

“This is my first time to Innovation Arizona. It’s realty awesome because you feel the creativity and innovation of bringing like-minded people together in the same area. It’s a great breeding ground of collaboration.”

Traklight is an Intellectual Property (IP) protection service.

Traklight at Innovation Arizona Summit

Director of Arizona Small Business Association Sandra Ahrens said,

“We support entrepreneurs and encourage entrepreneurial growth in Arizona. Over 64 percent of all people who earn checks in Arizona were people who started as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are key to business growth and ABSA supports that.”

Greg Bullock PR Assistant at CEI Gateway said,

“This is a great turnout for the Innovation Arizona Summit. CEI wanted to be part the network of support for entrepreneurs and really just wanted to see for ourselves all the resources that are available at the summit. We also wanted to show what were doing and learn what these organizations are doing, too. We really just want to be here and tap into this.”


Senior Venture Manager of ASU Venture Catalyst Brent Sebold said,

“We want to leverage the event sponsors initiative to get the community together and promote our programs to attendees. We play a role as an engaged member of startup eco-system and like to do anything we can to get involved. ASU Venture Catalyst has a suite of cohorts and programs to offer to the general public such as Furnace, Rapid Startup School and Startup Weekend. We also have the Edson Program for ASU students.”


At the event, we ran into Chris Petroff and Courtney Klein Johnson, of SEED SPOT. Petroff was featured in the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Meet the Phoenix 40 Under 40 class of 2013,” just a few weeks ago.

GrowSouthwest also attended the feature presentations and many breakout seminars to soak up as much information as possible. We heard tips on determining a company’s valuation, how to interact with engineers and product outsourcing to how to deal with marketing and crisis management for your brand. The house was definitely packed full of who’s who in the local entrepreneurial world and the best part was everywhere you looked startups and entrepreneurs were interacting, collaborating and networking with mentors to make their chances for success greater.

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