Liz Pocock


Startup Tucson

TENWEST Impact Festival

Liz Pocock, CEO of Startup Tucson and the TENWEST Impact Festival, has a decade of experience in economic development, community building and nonprofit management. Pocock has led Startup Tucson to serve 2,500 entrepreneurs a year and grew TENWEST to 14,000 attendees. She has led the organization to secure local, state and federal grant funding and earn national recognition for its work to support regional entrepreneurship and innovation.

Pocock received her law degree from the University of Arizona and taught as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the UArizona Eller College of Management. Before joining Startup Tucson, Pocock was an attorney for the National Law Center. 

Pocock serves on the Tucson Convention Center Commission and the boards of Sister Jose’s Women’s Center and Downtown Tucson Partnership. She chairs the Tucson Innovation Partnership. Pocock was a 2019 40 Under 40 honoree and received the 2020 Women of Influence Rising Star Award. 

“At Startup Tucson, we are evolving with the changing needs of our community’s current and future entrepreneurs to help them develop resilience in their business models,” she said. 

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