Tucson 2020

Tucson 2020: A Manifesto for a New Tech Economy

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Tucson 2020 создатель Mind Map: Tucson 2020

1. Launching Tucson's New Tech Economy

1.1. A manifesto for how Tucson can launch a real, vibrant tech economy in just two years.

2. The Potential...

2.1. Tucson is a "green field" in the best sense of the word.

2.2. Unlike most local businesses, tech startups can have a global reach and focus. #thinklocalgoglobal

2.3. With tech startups, Tucson can quickly move beyond limited, incremental improvements to the region's economy.

3. The Challenges...

3.1. No strong historical foundation for startups.

3.2. Few experienced professionals in engineering or business development.

3.3. Limited funding opportunities. #showmethemoney

4. Thank You

4.1. Edward Cruz, [email protected]

4.2. Copyright © 2018-2019 Go For Vertical


5. GFV's Track Record

5.1. 2015: OneGreek, $7k Launch, $500k exit

5.2. 2016: Look, $10k in prototype development, product now on Amazon.

5.3. 2017: Inara, now an AI company in Phoenix.

5.4. 2018: Launching 3 new Tucson-based startups: Sidecar Learning, Clearly, and OneRescue.

6. 2020 Initiatives

6.1. Go For Vertical Partnerships

6.1.1. With Institutions with existing tech pipelines (TLA, B2E Hub)

6.1.2. We have the capacity to launch 12 new Tucson-based startups in 2019

6.2. CLIMB

6.2.1. A 10-week program for local startups Aim is to develop startups from the general community Free program with open admission and merit-driven outcomes, where teams complete for $ to develop a prototype and get traction. The process is competitive, merit and market driven. First cohort already underway, graduating Winter 2018

6.2.2. Now in partnership with Startup Tucson

6.2.3. Two cohorts, two startup showcases per year Fall Cohort/Winter Showcase Spring Cohort/Summer Showcase

6.3. Vertical Bootcamps

6.3.1. For Workforce Development

6.3.2. 4-week classes to teach enterprise job skills

6.3.3. For college students, professionals seeking continuing education

6.3.4. Possible partnerships with Startup Tucson and Metro Chamber of Commerce.

6.4. Vertical for Social Impact

6.4.1. Smaller programs to make sure tech lifts all boats here. Small Business Impact with SaaS Websites for Small Business Many small businesses here lack even basic websites.

6.4.2. In partnership with local community stakeholders and organizations. CIC YWCA Community Food Bank

7. Meet Go For Vertical

7.1. What we do

7.1.1. We work with startups, companies, and organizations to develop and take tech-centered business ideas to market

7.1.2. What we look for: Teams with deep domain expertise A well-vetted business or social impact model A reason to use technology to scale A team that is 100% driven and motivated.

7.2. Vertical

7.2.1. The Vertical Process We run hyper-efficient, lean projects. We make it possible go to market for an order of magnitude less than in other markets. $3-$5k for prototypes Full systems for $30-$70k, not $200k-$500k

7.2.2. How it works It starts with deep business and stakeholder research and discovery That produces a detailed product roadmap and blueprint to follow And that fast-tracks technology and business development

7.2.3. Benefits Validate then build, not vice versa Development of strategic prototypes Show strong traction quickly (or fail fast)

7.3. Our results

7.3.1. GFV startups deliver highly engineered products to strategic markets.

7.3.2. Product/market fit is built in from the start

7.3.3. It's why our startups succeed.

8. Asks

8.1. Financial incentives for CLIMB

8.1.1. Grants or rewards for CLIMB finalists

8.1.2. To fund prototype development

8.1.3. The first step in launching a tech startup

8.2. Business community support for Vertical Bootcamps

8.2.1. For workforce development

8.3. Seed accelerator funding for proven startups with launched products and market traction

8.4. Government, institutional, and individual support for startup teams.

8.5. Media and PR exposure to tell the story of Tucson's new tech economy.

9. The Results

9.1. A steady stream of high-value tech startups with product market fit and traction.

9.1.1. 12 per year in 2019, 24 by 2020

9.2. A pipeline of trained, skilled tech professionals

9.3. Channels in place to provide access to pre-seed funding <$100k

9.4. A functional tech scene, and a real local tech economy