At the University of Arizona, Finding Opportunities and Resources to Grow Entrepreneurs (FORGE) is a unit of Research, Innovation, and Impact.  It has three missions, known as the 3 C’s:

• Campus – Inspire and cultivate entrepreneurial thinking (FORGE Student Venture Pathways)

• Community – Advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem (FORGE at Roy Place)

• Capital – Drive scale‐up/launch acceleration (FORGE Ahead)


The Roy Place Building will serve as the base for both FORGE at Roy Place and FORGE Ahead, allocating space to education, community, common space, services, and mentors and coaches, all of which draw upon the city and region. It will also provide off‐campus interaction space for FORGE Student Venture Pathways, for example hosting classes typically held on campus, or hosting performances/showings for fine arts. 


In this way, Arizona FORGE will carry on the tradition of UArizona’s former Roy Place Building programs, strengthening UA‐community connections, assisting with downtown urban revitalization, serving as a hub for talent, and providing leadership in addressing the region’s environmental, social and economic needs.

FORGE Student Venture Pathways

FORGE Student Venture Pathways includes sponsored innovation challenges, student clubs and networking events, internships, venture‐based mini‐courses, and pitch and business plan competitions. It is tasked with exposing every student at the university to entrepreneurial concepts and inspiring this mindset in as many students as possible, regardless of major.

FORGE at Roy Place

FORGE at Roy Place includes no‐cost space for and programming from not‐for‐profit Startup Tucson, no‐cost space for mind‐body wellness education from not‐for‐profit El Rio Health, large classroom space for community members, and the no‐cost Advanced Entrepreneur Program open to the community.


FORGE Ahead entails a sponsored resident startup accelerator providing the services and access to resources critical for scale and launch. Applicants to this competitive program come from the community and enjoy up to one year of residency. Graduates from FORGE Ahead go on to national caliber accelerators, significant venture capital raises, or acquisition.  This program will provide a vibrant and diverse presence in the building, as it helps new and existing businesses grow, prosper and contribute to economic development in Southern Arizona.