Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at GateWay
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) at GateWay Community College is the only business incubator in Phoenix that provides integrated services, space and support for entrepreneurs and small emerging companies.
GateWay received a combined $6 million in funding from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, the City of Phoenix, a corporate donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, and voter-approved General Obligation Bonds passed in 2004.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and GateWay president Dr. Giovannini held a press conference announcing the Incubator project on July 14, 2009. Planning and design for the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation began in February 2010, followed by the groundbreaking ceremony held October 28, 2010.
The center will provide multi-purpose spaces to accommodate the needs of various emerging industries/businesses. A full array of services will be available, including administrative and technical support, guidance and mentoring and exposure to a network of local business resources and professionals. The CEI incubation program includes:
- Business planning and management services
- Introductions to angel investors and early stage venture firms
- Dedicated recruiting staff to source and screen job candidates
- Patent advisement services
- Mentoring program
- Collaboration with University research teams
- Coordination with public and private partners
- Lunch Seminars
Businesses that align with the career training programs offered at GateWay have the opportunity to establish potential partnerships with faculty and staff, providing a place for students to experience hands-on learning through internships.
Construction of the business incubator will be completed in two phases, with the first phase being completed in October 2011. Phase I, which is more than 12,600 square feet, includes:
- Wet and Dry Labs
- Office Space
- Conference Rooms
- Collaborative Spaces
- Outdoor Patio
- 24/7 Access and Security
Phase II will be finished in March 2012 and includes 5,500 square feet of light industrial space.
Integrated Education Building
In 2004, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) successfully passed a bond initiative that awarded funds to GateWay Community College to build a student services center, library and classroom building to meet the needs of the rising student population.
Initially, funding was allocated for three separate buildings -- one to house student services, another to be used as classroom space, and the third for the campus library and computer commons. After some consideration, it was determined that one larger facility would lend more square footage. The resulting Integrated Education Building (IEB) measures 120,000 square feet and will feature:
- Faculty and staff offices
- Indoor and outdoor art studios
- Science labs
- Learning center
Student Services Spaces
- Performance space
- Career services
- Enrollment services
- Disability support services
Planning and designing for the IEB began in 2010 and the groundbreaking ceremony was held in March 2011. The $53 million project is scheduled to be completed by August 2012.