ASU president congratulates Scottsdale on ‘best place to launch a startup’ recognition

Congratulations are in order for the city of Scottsdale on being named one of the best places to launch a startup, outside of Silicon Valley and New York, according to DataFox.

One of the key reasons Scottsdale was chosen was because of its partnership with Arizona State University. We are honored to receive this acknowledgment and to be a strategic partner with the city to foster innovative opportunities for entrepreneurs, students and community members that lead to economic growth and greater competitiveness.

Here’s an excerpt from DataFox:

“…SkySong, the live-work center for resources and capital for entrepreneurs, is the result of a collaboration between the city and university. And according to Hoover’s, the city boasts over 13,000 companies founded since 2010 that had at least $5 million in annual revenue … joint initiatives by the city and university are the foundation of Scottsdale’s startup scene. In addition to Skysong, there’s also the Eureka Loft, the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, the ASU Startup Accelerator, and the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator. According to ASU, over 300 students, faculty, alumni and external companies have gone through the university’s accelerators in the past 10 years. By building connections with student entrepreneurs, Scottsdale gives them a reason to stay beyond graduation.”

ASU assumes fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves and that includes every community in the state of Arizona.

This ranking demonstrates the power of utilizing university assets to help cities, regions and the entire state compete on a national and global scale.

ASU is open for business to help all cities achieve their goals.

Do you have ideas for partnerships or collaborations to advance economies or create social change? Let us know how we can help. You can e-mail me directly at

Congrats again to Scottsdale and we look forward to working with others to accelerate economic growth and keep Arizona on the map as a great place to do business.

Editor’s Note: Michael Crow is president of Arizona State University.

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