Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell recently announced the formation of two economic development programs designed to grow Tempe’s workforce, add businesses and help entrepreneurs succeed. Vault, a workforce and business accelerator, will be launched in early 2016, along with in TEMPE, which will offer people interested in starting or growing a business tools to help them get started. Mayor Mitchell will tell us more about the two programs.
LaunchPoint, the Mesa Technology Accelerator, plans to stimulate the establishment and growth of small technology-based companies and other growth oriented businesses. It’s a collaboration between Mesa and Arizona State University. Mesa City Councilmember Scott Somers talks about LaunchPoint.
The first 10 startup companies have been selected to participate in the AZ Furnace Accelerator, an innovative initiative that encourages entrepreneurs to commercialize innovations developed at Arizona’s universities and research institutions. Gordon McConnell, Executive Director for Venture Acceleration at Arizona State University, talks about AZ Furnace’s first group of startups.
Statewide business accelerator AZ Furnace is offering economic and various other incentives to encourage entrepreneurs to commercialize innovative technologies developed within Arizona’s universities and research institutions. Learn more about the program from Gordon McConnell, Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at ASU and Brian Sherman, Vice President of Business Development for the Arizona Commerce Authority.
The largest particle accelerator ever built was kicked into action recently, part of which was designed by UA scientists. UA physics professor John Rutherford will tell us more about the accelerator, the particle detector they built called ATLAS, and his university's role in the CERN instrument.