Get Started Arizona, the small business pitch competition hosted by Cox Business and Startup Tucson, returns to Tucson on Oct. 17 at Leo Rich Theater in the Tucson Convention Center.

During Get Started Arizona, six local southern Arizona startups and small businesses will compete for a $25,000 first place cash prize plus a coaching and mentoring session with accredited investors, admission and scholarship to participate in a 2018 Thryve Venture Development program, and a $1,000 cash prize for the Social Media Award winner, courtesy of Startup Tucson.

By attending Get Started Tucson, IdeaFunding and TENWEST, attendees will be able to participate in an interactive Q&A sessions, learn how to secure funding, leverage digital media, attract the attention of the right influencers, and much more.

Admission to Get Started Arizona is free for all Cox Business guests and TENWEST passport holders. Register to attend at http://ideafunding.org/get-started-arizona/.