Greater Phoenix is an emerging hub of innovative activity with a robust ecosystem of technology and software companies.

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Develop Your Business in Greater Phoenix

As one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic regions in the country, Greater Phoenix is an emerging hub of innovative activity with a robust ecosystem of technology and software companies. With competitive operating costs and highly-skilled talent, companies can focus on growth and the bottom line. Greater Phoenix is paving the way for tech innovation and has quickly risen among the best cities for software companies.

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Greater Phoenix offers many qualified individuals due to the robust work force

Skilled Workforce

Hire from a highly concentrated, experienced computer science and engineering workforce. More than 100,000 people work directly in computer science occupations at information and communications technology (ICT) firms in Greater Phoenix.

Greater Phoenix is among the most sought-after candidates by Software and IT Companies

Exceptional Talent Pipeline

Over 25,000 students are enrolled in engineering schools across Arizona. There are nearly 30,000 total graduates from Arizona’s largest universities each year. Institutions of higher learning offer continued education and specialty training.

Greater Phoenix's large existing cluster helps support new to market businesses in the software and it industry

Large Existing Cluster

Greater Phoenix is a location of choice for global leaders looking to scale operations in the western U.S., including Fortune 500 and Global 1000 software companies.

Competitive operating costs in Greater Phoenix help support new and growing businesses in the software and IT industry

Competitive Operating Costs

Greater Phoenix has competitive operating costs for software and IT businesses relocating and starting operations compared to other top markets. A highly competitive tax environment in Arizona includes tax incentives that can be used to mitigate operating costs.

Greater Phoenix has a strong local ecosystem

Local Innovation

There’s a strong local ecosystem of researchers, innovators, founders, incubators, accelerators and investors, and it grows each day. Quarterly investment in Arizona businesses has grown an average of 83% each quarter since Q4 2020.

Greater Phoenix residents enjoy a higher quality of life

High Quality of Life

With lower cost of living than many competitor markets paired with more than 300 days of sunshine annually, a vibrant arts and culture scene, major sporting events and endless outdoor activities, it’s easy to enjoy a high quality of life in Greater Phoenix.

Skilled Workforce

Greater Phoenix is one of the fastest growing tech cities in the nation
Specialized, Concentrated Workforce

Greater Phoenix has over 105,000 workers in computer science occupations, employed by information and communications technology (ICT) firms. The workforce has the deep knowledge and skills necessary for productivity and innovation. The ICT workforce is highly concentrated in the region with a 64.1% job growth in the last 10 years, compared to the national average of 34.0% over the same period of time.

Arizona State University ranked #5 in the nation for best-qualified graduates - Education in Phoenix
Continued Education

Greater Phoenix’s strong workforce offers an exceptional talent pool for your business. Universities are committed to aligning programs with industry needs and often partner with companies to offer specialized training programs in addition to curriculum. The region offers an educated workforce that software industry leaders can count on.

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Exceptional Talent Pipeline

Arizona State University, ranked the #1 most innovative school
Extensive Programs

More than 40 universities and other institutions of higher learning – many of which have designated software engineering programs – fuel a continuous stream of employees. Arizona State University, ranked the #1 most innovative school by U.S. News & World Report for seven years in a row, has the largest engineering school in the nation, and offers degrees in computer science, computer systems engineering and information technology.

University alignment helps support Phoenix's growing tech environment
Qualified Graduates

Greater Phoenix’s universities are committed to supplying the workforce needed to enable companies to scale in the region. The region produced over 2,800 graduates in non-distance, computer engineering, information technology, computer and software engineering, and computer science programs at Greater Phoenix colleges and universities during the 2018 to 2019 school year. The chart below compares the talent pipeline in this sector to primary western competitor markets, showcasing how Greater Phoenix’s technology talent pipeline is comparable only to San Francisco in graduate output.

Software Degrees in Western Metros

Graph that shows Software Degrees in Phoenix, Austin, Denver, SLC and SF

Source: Lightcast 2020 Q4 Dataset

Large Existing Cluster

Global Leaders & Industry Disruptors in Greater Phoenix

Technology giants and disruptors alike are established in Greater Phoenix. Below is a sample of the companies we’ve assisted, by providing a full suite of complementary services from preliminary metro comparisons to site selection assistance, during their evaluation of and ultimate expansion to the Greater Phoenix market.

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Opendoor Technologies Inc Logo

Acronis International GmbH Logo

AppZen, Inc. Logo

Infosys Limited Logo

Lemonade, Inc. Logo

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Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Logo

Recent Company Expansions

Below is a sample of the software and technology companies we’ve worked with recently.

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Robinhood Markets, Inc. Logo

LiveRamp Holdings, Inc. Logo

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Competitive Operating Costs

Low operating costs make Greater Phoenix a top tech city
Software & IT Costs in Greater Phoenix

Greater Phoenix has competitive operating costs for software and IT businesses relocating and starting operations compared to other top markets, with more affordable rates than southwest competitors such as Austin, Denver and San Francisco. Also, with the highly competitive tax environment in Greater Phoenix and Arizona, there exists a number of tax incentives that can be utilized to mitigate operating costs.

Tax incentives in Phoenix make it one of the biggest software and tech cities in the US
Taxes & Incentives in Arizona

Incentive programs offered in Arizona mitigate operating costs for businesses operations. The average sales tax rate is only 8.6%, corporate income is taxed at 4.9% and unemployment insurance is only 2.0%. Programs include the Quality Jobs Tax Credit and R&D Tax Credit.

Software & IT Operating Cost Sample Analysis

Software & IT Operating Cost Sample Analysis Graph in multiple cities

Source: Applied Economics Metrocomp Tool, April 2022

Assumptions: $500,000 personal property investment; 10,000 square foot Central Business District; Utilities (per month): Included in Lease; 50 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics equivalent occupations)

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Local Innovation

University programs make Greater Phoenix one of the most competitive tech cities
Research & Development at Universities

ASU has been ranked ahead of Stanford and MIT as the most innovative school in the country by U.S. World and News Report for seven consecutive years. Over 180 companies have launched based on ASU innovations, attracting more than $1 billion in external funding and 1,140 patents. In FY21 alone, 21 new startups launched.

Both of the largest universities in the state, ASU and UArizona, were ranked in the top 4% of all U.S. universities for R&D expenditures by the National Science Foundation (NSF). ASU ranks number eight in communications and communications technologies expenditures and UArizona ranked in the top 50 for science and engineering, computer and information sciences and engineering. Both universities actively engage corporate and government collaborators on research development.

Source: National Science Foundation (NSF), FY20 Report; ASU Knowledge Enterprise; UArizona

Greater Phoenix Cybersecurity Organizations

Arizona Cyber Warfare Range Logo

Arizona Cyber Warfare Range is a live-fire cyber warfare range created to rapidly upskill cybersecurity talent with hands-on learning and drive innovation in cybersecurity techniques, technologies. Businesses can submit their technology for testing at no cost.

Arizona Statewide Cyber Workforce Consortium Logo

The Arizona Statewide Cyber Workforce Consortium (AZSCWC) develops a unified approach to ensure the state has adequate cybersecurity resources and connects applicants from traditional and nontraditional training backgrounds to the region’s cybersecurity cluster.

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ASU’s Center for Cybersecurity and Trusted Foundations brings together leading researchers from engineering, social sciences, and business to solve problems in identity management, privacy, malware, security, digital forensics and predictive analytics.

As a top tech city, Phoenix offers innovative solutions for working spaces
Homegrown Innovation

Greater Phoenix has a strong network of entrepreneurs and innovation. Dozens of coworking and manufacturing spaces around the region such as Co+HOOTS, StartUpPHX, InnovationHub @ GoodyearAZ and WeWork allow companies to develop a presence in the area.

Software and Tech companies in Greater Phoenix
VC Backing/Capital Access

From July 2020 to December 2021, Arizona headquartered businesses attracted 121 non-debt VC/Equity financing deals totaling $1.9B. Internet software and services was the number one sector to garner investments.

Quarterly investment activity has grown on average 83% each quarter since Q4 2020.

 

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ASU has ranked No. 1 in innovation seven years in a row.

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ASU is ranked No. 6 in online bachelor's degree programs

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UArizona's undergraduate management information systems program is ranked No. 4.

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UArizona's graduate management information systems program is ranked No. 3.

All sources: U.S. News & World Report


Community Support & Resources
Community Organizations

#yesphx

#yesphx is the unifying force in the Greater Phoenix startup community. Their mission is to amplify what is happening in the Greater Phoenix startup community, unify actors in the space, and clarify the community’s vision: to be the most generous community for entrepreneurs. #yesphx is the go-to resource for startups and technology companies in Greater Phoenix that are either entering the market or looking to grow.

Venture Madness

Venture Madness is Arizona’s longest running capital conference and early-stage pitch competition. The annual event connects investors with early stage and growth companies. With an audience of nearly 300 attendees including accredited venture capital and angel investors, seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders, approximately 25 – 35 presenting companies showcase their innovative solutions and business plans in various industry tracks to compete for investor attention, media attention, future investment potential and cash prizes.

Phoenix Startup Week

Phoenix Startup Week is a five-day event for the Greater Phoenix startup ecosystem. Designed by the business community, for the business community, startup week features sessions, mentoring, competitions, debates, panels, happy hours, and its annual Street Pitch event. At this event, 10 startups pitch their company idea for a chance at a $50,000 investment. Growing every year, Phoenix Startup Week gathers Greater Phoenix’s technology community into one place.

Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council is the largest trade association for technology companies in the state. With more than 800 members, the organization hosts events, provides networking opportunities, and advocates on behalf of technology companies. The Arizona Technology Council also hosts a job board and promotes Arizona firms through media.

Incubators & Accelerators

Greater Phoenix has a strong support network for software and IT companies including incubators and accelerators that can be used by companies as they grow. Many of these spaces offer additional services to help connect, integrate, and build new companies in the ecosystem.

Coworking Spaces

Greater Phoenix is home to more than 40 coworking spaces. With access to a wide variety of spaces, incubators and accelerators, leaders are able to expand their network in more ways than ever before. Whether you are an established company or just getting your idea off the ground, these spaces can accommodate any sized business. See the regional map and comprehensive list here.

High Quality of Life

Experience a vibrant lifestyle and diverse culture at an affordable cost of living in Greater Phoenix

Experience a vibrant lifestyle and diverse culture at an affordable cost of living.

Enjoy the outdoors with more than 300 days of sunshine, average temperatures of 75 degrees, convenient access to over 400 hiking trails and globally recognized sporting events. Take part in a vibrant arts and culture scene that includes prominent classical arts to public art to craft markets and a diverse range of music and cultural events. And, eat well with fresh farmers markets in every city, and globally recognized chefs and culinary experiences at your doorstep.

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Source: ACCRA, Cost of Living Index 2022 Q1