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University of Arizona Center for Innovation names Casey Carrillo as Assistant Director


Casey Carrillo has been promoted to Assistant Director for the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI). Carrillo manages UACI’s regional cohort-based programming and Sponsored Launch program which provides scholarships for startups in coordination with community financial support. She also facilitates the American Made Challenge programing in coordination with the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Lab. She is instrumental in brand enhancement through her work in social media and other marketing initiatives.

Additionally, Carrillo will be managing UACI’s student internship program. Wells Fargo recently awarded UACI $20,000 to support female-led startups with STEM students, which added to UACI’s additional grant from the Small Business Administration which will allows UACI to hire female interns to work with startups over the next two years. Carrillo will also provide support UACI’s director in varying aspects of programming. 

Carrillo brings a broad array of entrepreneurial knowledge and experience to the team, mainly gained through her employment at the award-winning McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. This is where she learned the importance of incorporating innovation in education while managing McGuire’s New Venture Development Program. 

“I am thrilled to work alongside passionate entrepreneurs, assisting their startup for success. There is such a growing momentum here at UACI with new regional and international collaboration opportunities in addition to a growing pipeline of startups to support. I am committed to working with the startups in our program, contributing knowledge and driving growth in Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem,” shared Casey Carrillo. Casey Carrillo was elevated from Program Manager to Assistant Director for her dedication and commitment to excellence. An Arizona native, Casey Carrillo graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s of Arts degree in Higher Education. She is also a member of the Tucson Young Professionals. Carrillo is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Arizona.


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. For nearly two decades, the program has directly served over 160 companies and impacted thousands of entrepreneurs. This is done by 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. 


About Tech Parks Arizona 

Tech Parks Arizona creates the “Interactive Ground” that generates, attracts and retains technology companies and talent in alignment with the research, mission and goals of the University of Arizona. Tech Parks Arizona directs the UA Tech Park, the UA Tech Park at The Bridges and the University of Arizona Center for Innovation, placing the highest priority on recruiting companies desiring connectivity to the University of Arizona.  



Casey Carrillo, Assistant Director, University of Arizona Center for Innovation


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