4 FORGE teams selected as IdeaFunding Semifinalists

March 18, 2021

Congratulations to the FORGE teams selected as IdeaFunding semifinalists!

FORGE is a proud sponsor and supporter of IdeaFunding and we can't wait to see all the teams compete on April 15th.

Over 80 companies applied to this year's pitch competition, and through numerous down-rounds Startup Tucson has narrowed the field down to the top companies!

We were especially excited to see that four FORGE teams were selected as semi-finalists!

Come cheer on your favorite contestants and get inspired by the impressive lineup of keynote speakers. RSVP today

Now join us in congratulating the FORGE teams featured at this year's competition.



Doughjo is a food manufacturer serving the gluten-free eating community of Tucson by crafting fresh bread and baking mixes.

Founders: Sebastian McCallum, Kelly Jiang (W21 cohort) 


 Metfora is pioneering a revolutionary method for diagnosing disease. It is based on the analysis of metabolites in blood. Metfora scientists have shown that the levels of these metabolites is reflective of the health status of the individual.

Founders: Ruslan Rafikov, Olga Rafikova (F20 cohort)

Obánj is a luxury jewelry company where the world's most stylish and conscientious women borrow designer jewelry (Dior, YSL, Gucci, etc.) for $29/month. Obánj represents the future of fashion because the circular economy is the best alternative to fast fashion.

Founder: Melissa Kiguwa (F20 cohort)

Scintillation Nanotechnologies develops, manufactures, and sells next generation radioisotope detection for use in drug discovery in academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical research laboratories. The unique chemical and physical properties of our products give researchers unprecedented insight into drug uptake, binding, and distribution while saving time and reducing costly hazardous waste.

Founders: Craig Aspinwall, Colleen Janczak, Charles Phillips (S20 cohort)


The teams will take the stage at IdeaFunding on April 15th and you won't want to miss it.

Startup Tucson will be giving away over $65,000 in prizes to early-stage startup companies! Be sure to snag your free pass to find out which companies will take home the cash!

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