Nine entrepreneurs fueling the startup ecosystem in Southern Arizona were awarded a total of $75,000 at the 26th Annual IdeaFunding pitch competition last month.
Berry Cultured – a local lifestyle kids’ brand celebrating diversity in all shades – was this year’s grand prize winner. Founder Heidi Calderon received $25,000 awarded by UAVenture Capital and a one-year program sponsorship with the University of Arizona Center for Innovation. The company, which strives to preserve childhood wonder through cultural play, also won the $5,000 Adelante Prize sponsored by the Community Investment Corporation in support of diverse founders.
View all winners, chosen from 120+ startups, here.
– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100