Seed Accelerator


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FORGE startups are post-idea stage, high-potential, scalable companies.

These companies distinguish themselves by having:

  • Industry‐changing, disruptive technology or deep intellectual property

  • Scalable product or service

  • Coachable management team

  • Aptitude for pursuing strategic investments or grants, but equally capable of bootstrapping


Applying to the FORGE Advanced Entrepreneur Program


The Advanced Entrepreneur Program (AEP) is a Seed Accelerator where early stage startups meet over 8 weeks and refine their idea, with over 40 hours of rigorous business development programming, from customer discovery to learning how to run your own board meetings.


Arizona FORGE has partnered with Village Capital, a global, early-stage venture acceleration and training organization, to create a custom Seed Accelerator for early-stage companies interested in joining our incubator.

Entrepreneurs will work through the VIRAL pathway and work with their cohort in peer-to-peer learning to prepare their ventures for market. The curriculum will cover the skills and tasks needed to grow a profitable and scalable business.


How our the Advanced Entrepreneur Program works:

  • We will run an Advanced Entrepreneur Program (AEP) 3 times per year, where up to 12 teams will be selected to participate from a competitive application process.

  • Over an 8-week period, the AEP consists of 6 days of intensive in-person programming covering business fundamentals key to building a scalable business, using the VilCap Communities curriculum.


  • Week 1: Problem and Vision, Value Proposition, Customer Discovery
  • Week 2: Product Demo, Market Mapping, Business Model
    • Off-week (Research)
  • Week 3: Team, Financial Narrative
  • Week 4: Funding Your Startup, Navigating Sales
    • Off-week (Pitch Prep)
  • Week 5: Pitch Practice, Mock Board Meetings
  • Week 6: Final Pitch, Closing reception

Startups will meet with over 30 experienced mentors, subject matter experts, and investors, each dedicated to helping you thrive as a founder and push you to succeed!

Selection Criteria:

  • Have 2+ co-founders with differentiated skills sets.

  • Identified a specific, important, and large problem.

  • Have a hypothesis for how to solve this problem.

  • Have the ability to develop a low-fi prototype.

  • Know the total addressable market size and target market share.

  • Have an outline of a revenue model.

  • Identified multiple possible markets or customer segments.


If the answer to some of these questions is yes, but you aren't sure if you're ready for the Advanced Entrepreneur Program, check out Startup Tucson's Fundamentals Series:


Ever thought of starting your own business? Ready to see how far you can take it? Start smarter and learn faster with other entrepreneurs at Startup Tucson's Fundamentals 5-week series.

This series will teach you core skills and strategies for building a strong business and is a great way to prepare for FORGE's Advanced Entrepreneur Program, so check it out! 

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Key Dates (F20 Cohort):

  • Applications open: Sep 4, 2020
  • Applications close: Sep 27, 2020
  • F20 cohort announced: Oct 2, 2020
  • Welcome Reception: Oct 16, 2020
  • Program: Oct 17 - Dec 12, 2020


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If you are unsure if you meet the criteria for this program, or simply have questions, please reach out to Anna Darian, Incubator Services Coordinator (FORGE at Roy Place),

Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes, the F20 programming will be run completely online.

No, the program is open to anyone who meets our rigorous selection criteria.

Yes, absolutely. Startups in any industry will be considered.

Yes, both for-profit and non-profit teams are eligible to apply.

Our programs are not limited to venture-backed business models. If you do want to pursue investors, we can connect you to our network when your startup is ready, but that is not a core part of this program. We focus on supporting you in building a sustainable and revenue-generating business.

Yes, for the FORGE at Roy Place location, we ask that teams be located in Tucson (or willing to relocate if accepted). Stay tuned for updates on future locations...

Contact Anna Darian, Incubator Services Coordinator, at