Tech Companies in Arizona; A Silicon Desert?

December 15, 2023

Arizona has long been seen as one of the most business friendly states in the U.S. So it’s not surprising that Arizona benefitted from $35 Billion in foreign investment in 2022 according to FDI markets, or that it was rated top 5 for skilled growth, and top 3 for job growth according to Lightcast Talent Attraction Scorecard.


But what are some of the Tech Companies in Arizona?

Tech Companies in Arizona range from startups to Large Enterprises. We’ll break it down by the largest industries in Arizona; Semiconductors, Bioscience & Healthcare, Aerospace & Defense, Information Technology, Electric Vehicles, and Renewable Energy.



It’s no secret that TSMC is building a new mega factory in north Phoenix, or that Intel has long had a major footprint here in the valley. But they aren’t the only ones, all of these large semiconductor companies also have a major footprint here in Arizona:

  • Texas Instruments
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Microchip Technology
  • ASML
  • Applied Materials
  • TSM
  • Countless others

In addition there is a growing community of startups and subcontractors that support the previously mentioned companies.

 Bioscience & Healthcare

Arizona has long been a hub for bioscience. Phoenix has a Bioscience Core that hosts all 3 state universities and that hosts numerous bioscience startups. In addition, all of these major healthcare & bioscience companies also have a significant presence here in Arizona.

  • Gore
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Mayo Clinic
  • McKesson
  • Medtronic
  • Stryker
  • tgen

And others are joining the Growing list.


Aerospace & Defense

As much as us Phonecians would love to take credit, we have to mention Tucson, Arizona. Tucson takes the title for the Aerospace & Defense hub of Arizona. But we have to mention Flagstaff which hosts numerous aerospace startups and Yuma which is coming closer and closer to opening its own spaceport. In addition to Defense & Aerospace startups and defense subcontractors, these major Aerospace & Defense companies all have a large footprint in Arizona:

  • Raytheon
  • Boeing
  • L3Harris
  • Honeywell
  • General Dynamics
  • Blue Origin
  • Galactic
  • BAE Systems


Electric Vehicles

If you live in Phoenix you’ve probably seen those Waymo and Cruise self-driving cars picking people up and dropping them off. Arizona was one of the first states who’s streets they started driving on. It’s truly one of Arizona’s coolest innovations. All of these Electric Vehicle Companies have a presence here in Arizona:

  • Cruise
  • Waymo
  • Nikola
  • Lucid

The Growth of Electric and Self Driving Vehicles here in Arizona has been amazing to witness. Countless other startups are jumping into the race here in Arizona.


Renewable Energy

If you’ve experienced an Arizona summer, you’ve probably witnessed one of our most reliable sources of energy; the sun. More and more residences and businesses are harnessing solar energy. Solar isn’t the only source of renewable energy here in AZ; Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP) also runs several hydroelectric plants. All of these Major Renewable Energy companies have a significant presence here in AZ:

  • First Solar
  • LG Energy Solutions
  • Next Era Energy

But the majority of the innovation is happening in the countless solar & renewable energy startups here in Arizona.


Information Technology:

Arizona has long been home to some major IT and Cybersecurity companies. GoDaddy is headquartered in Tempe while Insight is headquartered in Chandler. Also Arizona has always been a top location to host data centers. In addition to countless tech startups and small businesses, all of these IT companies have a major footprint here in Arizona whether its data centers, factories, and/or offices:

  • GoDaddy
  • Insight
  • Acronis
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • IBM
  • Meta
  • Footprint


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