It’s All About the People

Why StartupAZ?

It’s about founders supporting founders, understanding the challenges of company building, celebrating wins and learning from losses. The best leaders know they can learn from each other, forge trusting relationships, broaden their knowledge and solve problems faster in a group than going at it on their own. StartupAZ Collective identifies and connects the region’s highest potential leaders and provides resources and connectivity to accelerate their growth.


Founders in StartupAZ Collective


Million Capital Raised


 Jobs created by SC founders

Learning from those who’ve paved the way.

StartupAZ engages with the most impactful business leaders in Arizona to support the early stage founders through mentoring. These investors, founders and community partners share the wisdom

they’ve gained and lessons learned to propel the growth of Arizona’s newest companies. The combination of generosity and learning from those who have paved the way provides the foundation of StartupAZ.


Founders Stories

Meet Our Team

Diana Vowels

Chief Executive Officer

Annette Zinky

Director of Venture Development

Jennifer Wong

Project Manager

Diana Vowels

Chief Executive Officer

Annette Zinky

Interim Director of Venture Development

Jennifer Wong

Project Manager

Dorian Gonzalez

Administrative Specialist

Our Board of Directors

MRTNZ Ventures

Mario Martinez II

Co-Founder / Chairman Emeritus

Little Taller Venture Studio

Brandon Clarke

Co-Founder / Vice-Chairman

PHX Ventures

Gregg Scoresby


Osborn Maledon

Tom Curzon

Board Member

Arizona State University

Ji Mi Choi

Board Member

Savvy Trader

Hamid Shojaee

Board Member


StartupAZ is made possible by these generous organizations.

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Are you a founder, investor or just someone who is passionate about supporting our local startups? Let's get you plugged in.