By Garin Groff for East Valley Tribune
The accelerator will be at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus and next door to AzLabs, a Mesa-owned laboratory that focuses on defense and security research. The city expects to lure start-ups that can take advantage of the labs, equipment and the high-tech professionals surrounding it, said Shea Joachim, Mesaâ€™s economic development project manager.
The city plans to lease 6,400 square feet in an ASU building across the street from the passenger terminal at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Mesa has a $72,000 budget to renovate space and conduct a year of programs. The city wants to create space for networking and create an environment where start-ups have access to experts in law, accounting, human resources and other specialties not related to core business functions.
Mesa anticipates joining AZ Core Labs, a consortium of equipment labs across Arizona that provides equipment for a fee to incubators, industry professionals and university researchers. That will let Mesa get the incubator started at a low cost while still providing access to scientific equipment as needed, he said.
Mesa will join several other cities in sponsoring a business incubator. They include a substantially larger incubator focusing on science and technology called Chandler Innovations, one that focuses on a variety of industries at Gateway Community College and a recently-approved medical device incubator in Peoria.
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