FreeFall is a Finalist for Innovator of the Year, Start-Up Company

Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards 2019

FreeFall Aerospace is proud to announce that we are a finalist for the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards Announced by Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority. We are a finalist in the “Innovator of the Year, Start-Up Company” category which is presented to a company or business unit that has achieved significant success, technical innovation or scientific achievement in the past calendar year.

Our investor, Fletcher McCusker, of UA Venture Capital was awarded the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year. This award is presented to an individual that contributes to Arizona’s technology sector through relentless community involvement, leadership, visibility and excellence in economic development activity.

We are pleased to learn that our Co-Founder Chris Walker is also a finalist for Innovator of the Year with his work at the University of Arizona for GUSTO.

Article Announcing Finalists

Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards Announced by Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority

Sep 17, 2019

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Honoring the leaders and visionaries whose body of work contribute to the growth and prosperity of Arizona’s technology sector, the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced winners of individual, Future Innovators of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards, as well as company award finalists for the 2019 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc. The winners will be honored during GCOI, which will take place 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., West Building, Third Floor.

“The honorees at GCOI represent the greatest advocates, facilitators and contributors to our education and innovation ecosystem,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “As we continue to expand our portfolio of world-class technology firms and promising startups, the competition for these awards gets tougher. The companies and leaders on this list are truly the best and brightest in Arizona, and we look forward to recognizing them.”

“The winners and finalists selected for GCOI 2019 have demonstrated incredible talent and ingenuity in the technology sector,” said Sandra Watson, president & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Their accomplishments have contributed greatly to Arizona’s reputation as a leading global hub for innovation. We thank each of them for their contributions to Arizona and congratulate them on their success!”

The individual award winners are:

Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year: Fletcher McCusker, CEO, UAVenture Capital, Tucson

Judges Award: Qwick, Scottsdale


One company in each of the following categories will be announced as the winner at the GCOI event:

Innovator of the Year, Start-Up Company: Emagine Solutions Technology, Tucson; FreeFall Aerospace, Inc., Tucson; Qwick, Scottsdale

Innovator of the Year, Small Company: AdviNOW Medical, Inc., Scottsdale; Prime Solutions Group, Inc., Goodyear; World View Enterprises, Inc., Tucson

Innovator of the Year, Large Company: AgJunction Inc., Scottsdale; Choice Hotels, Phoenix; Truyo, Chandler

Innovator of the Year Award – Academia: The Center for Innovation in Brain Science, The University of Arizona (UofA), Tucson; Gusto – Chris Walker, UofA, Tucson; Dr. Louise Heckler, research lead for UofA’s lab studying highly selective Nox4 small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of fibrotic disorders, Tucson; UofA College of Medicine, Phoenix

Transformational Leadership Award: Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, Scottsdale; Northwest Valley Connect, Surprise; Walbar LLC (DBA Walbar Engine Components), Chandler; Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma

GCOI will consist of a strolling dinner and Tech Showcase followed by a theatre-style awards program. The Tech Showcase will include more than 50 companies showcasing their innovations, culture and future in Arizona. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at

About the Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, visionaries, and community members to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit and follow AZTC on Twitter at @aztechcouncil.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create — attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.