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.
“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!