2019 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards/Tech Showcase


Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state with the 16th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards.

2019 marks the 16th year of this prestigious, black-tie event that attracts more than 850 attendees for a night of networking, dining and entertainment. The event will consist of a strolling dinner and Tech Showcase followed by a theatre-style awards program. Companies featured at the Tech Showcase consist of award finalists, sponsors and AZTC partners. 


View the digital program:


4:00 – 6:00 PM   Tech Showcase  |  Networking  |  Strolling Dinner
6:00 – 8:00 PM   Award Presentations
8:00 – 8:30 PM   Networking + Tech Showcase

GCOI Tickets:

To purchase tickets for the October 24th event CLICK HERE.

Round trip Van Ride from Tucson to Event: $25
AZTC Members: $150  |  Non-AZTC Members: $175
AZTC Member Group of 10: $1,250  |  Non-AZTC Member Group of 10: $1,500

Award Finalists + Business of the Year Winner:

Below are all the award finalists. Winners will be announced at the event on October 24.

Benchmark – Academia Award

  • Center for Innovation in Brain Science U of A, Tucson
  • GUSTO – Chris Walker, PI – U of A, Tucson
  • U of A – Dr. Louise Hecker, Research Lead for UA’s Lab Studying highly selective Nox4 small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of fibrotic disorders, Tucson
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix

Innovator of the Year: Large Company Award

  • AgJunction Inc., Scottsdale
  • Choice Hotels, Phoenix
  • Truyo, Chandler

Innovator of the Year: Small Company

  • AdviNow Medical, inc., Scottsdale
  • Prime Solutions Group, Inc., Goodyear
  • World View Enterprises, Inc., Tucson

Innovator of the Year: Startup Company

  • Emagine Solutions Technology, Tucson
  • FreeFall Aerospace, Inc., Tucson
  • Qwick, Scottsdale

MSS Business Transformational Leadership Award

  • Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, Scottsdale
  • Northwest Valley Connect, Surprise
  • Walbar LLC (DBA Walbar Engine Components), Chandler
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma

Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award Winner

  • Fletcher McCusker, Tucson

AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award:

The voting for the 2019 AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award has closed and the AZTC is excited to announce the 2019 AccountabilIT winner is James C. Wyant, Professor Emeritus, Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona.  The award will be presented live on stage at the event on October 24th.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

GCOI sponsorship packages range in price from $2,500 – $25,000.
Contact [email protected] for more information.

About the Tech Showcase:

Arizona is emerging as one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the nation. Arizona may be a young state, but it is the grit and personality of the local technology companies and vendors that set it apart. There is no better place on earth to launch and scale innovative ideas that tackle the toughest tech challenges. Featuring award finalists, sponsors and partners, the Tech Showcase will include over 50 companies showcasing their innovations, culture and future here in Arizona. Bring your staff and colleagues to experience and enjoy Arizona’s exciting the tech community.

Tech Showcase exhibitors are encouraged to show off their company culture and creativity through fun, interactive activities. Some ideas include:
  • Cornhole
  • Virtual reality
  • Putting green
  • Life-size board games like Jenga or Connect Four
  • Prize wheel
  • Drone racing
  • Video games
  • Dance Dance Revolution

Tucson attendees: 
Interested in learning about transportation from Tucson to the 2019 GCOI event? Please contact Jeff Sales at [email protected] for more information.






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100 N. 3rd St.
West Building, 3rd Floor
Phoenix , AZ 85004


Phoenix Convention Center


October 24, 2019


4:00 PM - 8:30 PM


[AZTC Member - $150] [Non AZTC Member $175] [AZTC Member Group of Ten $1,250] [Non AZTC Member Group of Ten $1,500]