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Posted on: August 11, 2020

Startup Support: BizLaunch

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What is BizLaunch?

The Town of Sahuarita in partnership with the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) and Freeport-McMoRan established the BizLaunch program to connect, encourage, and support startups in the community.

What are the benefits of BizLaunch?

Selected startup teams are awarded a fully sponsored six month admission into the UACI incubation program where they have access to resources, facilities, services, and expert guidance to build valuable companies and technical prowess.

Why Sahuarita?

The Town of Sahuarita is growing and with this growth comes the opportunity to diversify the traditional major industries of mining and agriculture that have sustained the Town since its beginning. The size of the Town has reached a mass with the potential to take advantage of the increase interest in entrepreneurship and focus on innovative technology and scalable ventures for the home-growth business base providing a variety of jobs.

Why the University of Arizona Center for Innovation?

UACI is a startup incubator network with outposts across the Southern Arizona region and have a mission to grow scalable startup ventures that fuel the Arizona economy. Since inception in 2003, the program has directly served over 120 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.

Why Freeport-McMoRan?

Freeport-McMoRan has had operations in the Town of Sahuarita since its beginning and been a major supporter for economic development activities over the years. As a company utilizing leading-edge technologies in a very traditional industry, Freeport-McMoRan is keenly aware that supporting innovation, entrepreneurs, and startups are key ingredients to support economic growth and hence support these efforts of the Town of Sahuarita.


Meet the 2020 Startups 

Congratulations to our 2020 BizLaunch winners: Auxilium Technology Group LLC, Sylvan Source and Desertdx, LLC. The winning startups were selected due to their work on solutions for real world problems, for their desire to make a significant difference in the local and global community through innovation, and for their connection to Sahuarita.

Sylvan Source delivers breakthrough water treatment and thermal energy management technologies with fundamental advantages for energy efficiency, capital costs, production costs, and process efficiencies.

Desertdx, LLC is an innovative provider of molecular diagnostic tests and service focused toward improved diagnosis, management and treatment of cancer patients.

Auxilium Technology Group LLC’s mission is to introduce proprietary technology (IP+know how) into an environmentally conscious solution that provides a cost benefit for mining companies.


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