Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton recently called for an innovation district in downtown Phoenix to attract startups, especially to the warehouse district. Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay will tell us more about the emerging effort.
The Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Business Incubation Association and Startup Mexico have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at fostering innovation across the international border. The cooperation will foster cooperation between startups and investors across the border. Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology council and Thomas Rainey, president of the Arizona Business Incubation Association, will tell us more.
Women make up about half of the U.S. workforce, but women entrepreneurs own a majority stake in only 30 percent of all businesses in the United States. In general, men are more likely to start a business than women, and the reasons behind that will be addressed at Phoenix Start up Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Downtown Phoenix. Audrey Iffert-Saleem, the executive director of entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives at ASU's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will discuss why men are more likely to be involved in a startup and what can be done to get more women involved.
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.