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OTEF, the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation,

educates and invests in people and organizations that create hope.

OTEF is catalyst for Arizona’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In our early years, OTEF hosted Arizona’s first social media conference and nine annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conferences (AZEC) that connected local and national thought leaders to inspire each other, share ideas, and collaborate. These programs catalyzed Arizona’s nascent entrepreneurial community helping it to become the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem it is today. 

Today, OTEF is making an impact with two focused initiatives.

AZAdvances supports today’s and tomorrow’s health innovators. Our programs help health innovators create treatments and cures, and provide opportunities for students to explore careers in this exciting field.

Since 2022, OTEF has been the nonprofit organization contracted with the State of Arizona to do the work supported by our community and the Arizona Health Innovation Trust Fund.

More than 1,000 entrepreneurs and non-profit partners have started businesses with OTEF support.

At OTEF, we believe in the power of education to transform lives. Our entrepreneurial education programs and personalized mentoring empower individuals in challenging situations to become self-sufficient. Join us in making a difference.

Join us for Ponte Cura!

Park Central in Phoenix

September 20, 2024

Ponte Cura, The Bridge to Cures, is our annual community event and fundraiser.

Get involved and join us at Ponte Cura.


Driving the Growth of Health Innovations

The Arizona Health Innovation Trust Fund (AHIT) was created by statute in 2022 and established under the Arizona State Treasurer’s Office (ASTO) with the State Treasurer as trustee. The purpose of the Arizona Health Innovation Trust Fund is to help more small, Arizona-based, bioscience companies grow in our great state and to provide more training programs to support the growing workforce needs. OTEF is contracted with ASTO to do this important work.  Learn more about AHIT.

To learn more about how you can support OTEF’s mission and make an impact, reach out to our Board Chair via email.

Together, we can create a brighter future for Arizona and beyond!