Chandler Innovations, city-wide business incubator, seeks inventors, builders and creators

Christine Bailey, Executive Director, Chandler Innovations

Christine Bailey, Executive Director, Chandler Innovations

Guest post by
Christine K. Bailey
Executive Director
Chandler Innovations

Have a business idea? A prototype? A minimum viable product? Or perhaps you’re getting ready to sell or trying to sell into your target market. Struggling with the next steps? Have you found that your product (be it hardware or software) or service isn’t quite getting the traction, interest or investment dollars you were hoping for? We can help.

Chandler Innovations is a city-wide business incubation and entrepreneurial development program that helps engineers of all kinds turn their ideas into successful businesses. Additionally, we partner with entrepreneurial-minded organizations already supporting business growth and development in Chandler; for example, Gangplank, the Maricopa Small Business Development Center, Arizona TechShop and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

Our clients are inventors, builders and creators who have developed innovative new technology to solve some of the biggest problems we face today. But, they’re not quite sure how to bring these new solutions to market. Simultaneously, they’re also learning how to be entrepreneurs rather than an employees. That’s where we come in. Our four-track incubation program helps our clients:

  1. identify and solve a problem for a specific target market;
  2. evolve their ideas into minimum viable products, test them with the right customers and users, and prepare for investor interest;
  3. create and execute a go-to market strategy that achieves their financial goals; and
  4. grow their startup into a sustainable business.

Plus, our one-on-one coaching and mentoring, carefully-designed workshops and programs, and a network of mentors, investors and technical advisors support each of our clients as they become the entrepreneurs who will lead their businesses to success.

We, too, are entrepreneurs, and have learned from our successes and even more from our own failures. And we’re here to help you navigate the often rocky path of a startup business. If you think you’d like to join our community, check out one of our upcoming events, reach out with any questions via email, or, if you’d like to get started: apply today!

Gangplank to host Local Motors Co-founder and CEO Jay Rogers

Gangplank, Arizona’s biggest collaborative workspace, will be hosting Local Motors Co-founder and CEO, Jay Rogers, as a part of their recurring Brownbag series. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at noon. Rogers and company plan to open a new plant in Phoenix in the near future, and are a leader in open-source car design.

Rogers will be speaking about his inspiration toward open-source car design and the results this approach has generated. Members of the Local Motors team will be on hand to talk about the car-building process, meet with audience members and show off the Rally Fighter.

Gangplank owners met Rogers at South by Southwest (SXSW), a music and interactive technology festival, held every year in Austin and invited him to present.

“Local Motors and their open source philosophy is at the heart of our vision and mission for our collaborative technology and innovation space here in Chandler,” Jade Meskill, Gangplank co-founder, said. “We thought it would be a great way to introduce the valley to a cutting edge concept that will soon call Phoenix home.”

Local Motors designs, manufactures, and brings to market innovative, safer, more functional, lightweight, efficient cars through a revolutionary, local assembly and retail experience. These cars will revolutionize not only automobiles, but also the very structure of auto-making, auto-selling, and auto-servicing!

Rogers is helping to build a game-changing American car company. He is relentlessly passionate about cars and the industry which surrounds them. Rogers will discuss open source car design and the success Local Motors achieved as one of the first in the new generation of car companies.

The brownbag is open to the public, free of charge. Bring your lunch and explore the future of car design.