Startup Academy for High School Students

Startup Academy is an immersive entrepreneurship experience open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from any Arizona high school. Students will propose ideas to real world problems, form teams to work on them, and work under the guidance of mentors and faculty from ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) to turn their solutions into businesses.

CTI is working with a great set of partners on the Conscious Capitalism Startup Academy, including MAC 6, Gangplank, and Retreat at Tontozona, which will host the camp from June 21 – 24, 2012 (free bus transportation is provided from CTI).

Eligibility and Cost

  • The camp is open to any Arizona high school sophomore, junior or senior.
  • To apply, please complete the application below.
  • The camp costs $180, but tuition waivers are available based on need. (The fee covers camp costs for the weekend, but if the fee is a barrier to applying, please see the application for the waiver request option.)

Apply by June 8, 2012 for this great summer opportunity!

Business ideas submitted as part of application
At the start of the camp, the attending students and mentors will evaluate all the ideas presented and vote on the ones they want to work on. Please complete the application to tell us about your plan to start changing the world this summer!


Pop-up Gangplank at Cronkite

Gangplankhas partnered with Arizona State University to provide a popup workspace on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus for the summer.

The workspace, located in room 256 of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will be available from June 4th-August 17th, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. The space is open to everyone and will include weekly programs available to the public as well.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton applauded the partnership as a prime example of creating a culture of urban entrepreneurship.

“This is exactly what our city needs at exactly the right time,” Stanton said. “Phoenix is rising out of this recession, but in order to break that boom-and-bust cycle of the past, we need innovative ideas generated by incubators and startups to drive Arizona’s economy toward future success. Phoenix needs to lead with a diverse and sustainable economy that gets them off the ground.”

Stanton has pushed for fostering public/private partnerships between universities, community colleges, the business community and nonprofit organizations to provide new incubator space for startup companies, where they can access office space, technology and amenities to foster their success.

Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School and university vice provost, said that collaborations such as this create a great sense of community.

Photo by Ehrlich Architects

“The services Gangplank provides to the Valley are innovative in style and method,” Callahan said. “Their presence in Downtown Phoenix will enable those resources to reach new audiences that range from local businesses to students.”

Gangplank will host an open house on Friday, June 8th, from noon-2:00pm to showcase the popup space and discuss plans for summer workshops. Information will be provided to visitors on how the space can be used.

If you are interested in getting involved with the space, let us know!

Sponsor the first Gangplank-centric conference

Gangplank is about humans – connecting with one another, creating together and building strong communities. Our model is focused on civic engagement and economic development through social capital. The participants in our space give back with their time and skills, fostering a deeper investment in their local community.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we rely on our partners to keep our work sustainable and innovative. In exchange, you have the opportunity to tie your brand to our creative and cutting-edge community, associating your company with the startup and entrepreneur scene.

Our Gangplank Director’s Conference brings together the top leaders from our national network and immerses them in the Gangplank culture and our relationship with the local community. Additionally, our ‘Walk the Plank’ conference on Friday invites community and government leaders from all over Arizona to come learn more about our innovative model.

Interested in being a part of the inaugural Gangplank gathering? Below are our sponsorship levels. Email katie(at) to connect your company.

Sailor (Meal Sponsor) — $100 (3 spots remaining)
Company name/logo listed on our site
Thank you & recognition during the meal you sponsor
Opportunity to display a sign or banner on the food table
Hand out materials, swag, other relevant materials
Option to pay food vendors directly
Two tickets to the private mixer on Friday, June 22nd

Gunner — $250 (1 spots remaining)
Logo on Gangplank Director’s Conference t-shirt
Company name/logo listed on our site
Thank you & recognition during welcome & ‘Walk the Plank’ event Friday
Opportunity to hang banners at ‘Walk the Plank’
Hand out materials, swag, other relevant materials
Two tickets to the private mixer on Friday, June 22nd

Captain — $500 (1 spot remaining)
Custom survey of the startup community (we can create survey & produce report)
Thank you blog posted to all Gangplank location social sites (Facebook/Twitter)
Offer a prize to a team or individual via raffle/vote. (eg. iPhone, netbook, software)
All benefits of the Gunner sponsorship
Four tickets to the private mixer on Friday, June 22nd

Pirate King — $1,000 (1 spot remaining)
Invitation to address attendees for 3 minutes.
Headlining sponsor of ‘Walk the Plank’ with naming alongside Gangplank
All benefits of the Captain sponsorship
Six tickets to the private mixer on Friday, June 22nd

Take the Gangplank Community Survey

Susan Baier of Audience Audit, has donated her services to help us learn more about our audience and messaging. Your feedback will help us better understand the Gangplank community.

You do not need to be a regular, or even a fan to participate. We’re looking for feedback from anyone that’s heard of us, so please pass the link along to others throughy our networks. Your responses are completely anonymous.

Here’s the link:

If you complete the survey by the end of the next Friday (5/25) will be entered in a sweepstakes to win a $100 gift card. The survey will close on June 1st and results will be presented in a blog post, as well as the June 20th Gangplank Chandler brownbag.

The more responses we get, the more statistical significant the data – so take 15 minutes of your time and help us learn more about this fantastic movement.

‘Walk the Plank’ Unconference

This year, Gangplank will be hosting our first event focused exclusively on immersing others in the Gangplank philosophy on Friday, June 22nd, 2012. The ‘Walk the Plank’ Unconference is open to individuals interested in learning more about the Gangplank model, as well as discussing the impact of collaboration on various industries. The event will take place in Downtown Chandler, Arizona. Continue reading

Pardon Our Dust

Gangplank’s growth over the past year has created a fantastic network of talent, mentors and Gangplank culture, allowing Gangplank to continue to innovate.

With this growth, we’ve been making changes in order to better serve the local Gangplank communities, as well as give you the opportunity to learn about HQ’s larger vision.

As part of this mission, we have been separating Gangplank HQ updates and notifications from local Gangplank information. The latest improvement has been to our websites. Continue reading

Weekly Roundup – April 24th – April 30th

This week at Gangplank:


Wednesday, April 25th

  • (12:00-1:00pm) Gangplank Brownbag: Gangplank Open Forum
  • (1:00-4:00pm) Mentor Office Hours Writing [RSVP]
  • (6:00-11:30pm) Hacknight – Open
  • (6:30-8:00pm) Learn Python the Hard Way Study Group
  • (6:30-9:00pm) Beta Testing Night
  • (7:00-8:30) Gangplank Street Hockey – Open
  • (7:00-8:30) Intro to Video Studio – [RSVP]
  • (7:00-9:00pm) Storytellers AZ – Open
  • (8:00-10:00pm) Software Engineering Reading Group
Thursday, April 26th

Friday, April 27th

  • (4:00-5:00pm) Gangplank Mile

Saturday, April 28th

  • (9:00pm-12:00pm) Welcome to the Real World


Event Update for April 11-16

This week at Gangplank:

Wednesday, April 11th

  • (9:30-12:30) Mentor Office Hours Sales, Marketing and Leadership Mentor Office Hours [RSVP]
  • (12:00-1:00pm) GP Brownbag: Exercise at Work
  • (1:00-4:00pm) Mentor Office Hours Writing [RSVP]
  • (6:30-8:00pm) Learn Python the Hard Way Study Group
  • (7:00-9:00pm) Mentor Office Hours Stage, Leadership & Team Development [RSVP]
  • (7:00pm) Street Hockey
  • (7:00-9:00pm) Storytellers AZ
  • (8:00-10:00pm) Software Engineering Reading Group

Thursday, April 12th

  • (5:00-6:00pm) Chandler Small Business Association
  • (6:30-8:00pm) WordPress Meetup

Friday, April 13th

  • (1:00-4:00pm) Bookkeeping & Beers Meetup (All welcome!)
  • (4:00-5:00pm) Gangplank Mile
Saturday, April 14th
    (9:00am-Noon) LEGO Madness for kids – Bridges, Towers & Race Cars

Monday, April 16th

Weekly Roundup – April 3rd – April 9th

This week at Gangplank:

Wednesday, April 4th

  • (11:30-12:00) Intro to Gangplank
  • (1:00-2:00pm) Lunch with Gangplank Staff
  • (1:00-2:00pm) Startup BBQ
  • (1:00-4:00pm) Mentor Office Hours Writing [RSVP]
  • (4:00-5:00pm) GP Studios Initiative [Open]
  • (5:00-6:00pm) GP Jr Initiative Meeting [Open]
  • (6:00pm) Hacknight [Open]
  • (6:30-8:00pm) Learn Python the Hard Way Study Group
  • (7:00-9:00pm) LEGO Madness for Adults
  • (7:00pm) Street Hockey
  • (8:00-10:00pm) Software Engineering Reading Group

Friday, April 6th

  • (4:00-5:00pm) Gangplank Mile
Saturday, April 7th
    (9:00am-Noon) LEGO Madness for kids – Bridges, Towers & Race Cars

Monday, April 9th