Twelve Tucson companies will be the next participants in Thryve Next, a 10-week business-expansion mentoring program offered by Startup Tucson under a federal contract. Startup Tucson's Thryve Next is funded through a $1.44 million, five-year contract award issued last fall by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program, which is aimed at growing existing businesses.
The first dozen companies went through the program earlier this year. Local mentors for Thryve Next include successful startup executives, entrepreneurship educators, service providers, investors, and industry professionals. Some of the companies accepted into the training include Arizona Bilingual Magazine LLC; Fed by Threads LLC, which donates part of its sales to charity; and Darling Environmental & Surveying, a technology company specializing in 3D modeling, scanning, and technical surveying. A full list of companies is available in the Arizona Daily Star.