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UArizona Center for Innovation teams with R&A CPAs to support a local startup with launch

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) is pleased to announce the UACI Sponsored Launch Fueled by R&A CPAs competition. The winning technology-based startup company will receive a sponsored year’s admission into UACI. Included with entrance into the program and space at UACI, the startup will also be awarded complimentary accounting service hours which brings the total prize package value to $15,000.

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) has teamed up with R&A CPAs to sponsor one promising startup team with resources, facilities, services and expert guidance to grow their businesses. The twelve-month program will also foster networking opportunities for its participants.

The UACI program will offer customized business support to ensure the winning startup team has a successful launch. Through a structured business development program, the incubator helps entrepreneurs develop a business plan, identify target markets, refine their prototype, prepare a pitch presentation, secure investment and successfully launch into the market. UACI provides dedicated space for startups where they can work alongside other entrepreneurs where emerging companies and technology giants work side by side.

“R&A CPAs is very excited to support UACI and a promising start up with our sponsorship,” said Phillip Dalrymple, CPA, CFE and R&A CPAs Shareholder. “We believe in the power of community and affecting positive change in Southern Arizona. We are proud to help further the great work UACI is doing and to provide the best opportunity possible for a startup business to succeed.”

Application submissions opened on November 9 and close on December 2. After a review and interview process, the winning team will be announced on December 18. The team will then participate in the incubator program for one full year.

For this competition, UACI is seeking a second stage startup (beyond initial idea and single founder) in the technology sector with preference for a startup that has entered the product development phase, the pursuit of a scalable business model, a minimum full-time two-person team with a commitment to commercializing their innovation, a demonstrated need for incubation services and a desire to make a significant difference in the local and global community through innovation. The winning startup team will be immersed in the UACI incubation program supported by R&A CPA’s generous sponsorship contribution.

For more information and to apply, visit the website here.

About the UA Center for Innovation
The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) is a startup incubator network with outposts across the Southern Arizona region and a mission to grow scalable science and technology startup ventures that fuel the Arizona economy. For nearly two decades, the program has directly served over 140 companies and impacted thousands of entrepreneurs. This is done through providing access to people, programming and places that help entrepreneurs take their companies from idea to market. Startups go through a structured program that takes them through a continuum of education provided by mentors, advisors, and community collaborators. UACI also provides access to service providers, industry cluster groups, interns and connections to potential customers and strategic partners. Entrepreneurs utilize various physical spaces that include offices, wet and dry labs, meeting rooms a prototyping center, collaboration areas and the infrastructure to support these spaces. The UACI is part of Tech Parks Arizona, which brings together university, industry, and community, creating “interactive ground” to advance technology innovation.

About R&A CPAs
Since its founding in 1942, R&A has been committed to helping business and individual clients achieve their financial objectives by aligning strategic solutions with their unique goals. R&A’s comprehensive consulting services, depth of experience, and focus on the future have enabled them to be named a Top 400 Firm nationwide by INSIDE Public Accounting and to be recognized as one of the Southwest’s largest public accounting and advisory firms. Domestic and international clients turn to R&A as a trusted partner that provides a strategic approach to tax, audit, and a comprehensive array of accounting services. R&A is committed to providing their clients with the utmost in timely service and responsiveness.



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