Empowering Disruptive Entrepreneurship
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation is a state-of-the-art business incubator that supports Arizona-based startups in bioscience, medical technology, and sustainability. CEI’s team of dedicated staff and industry-specific mentors are passionate about helping companies commercialize, scale, and succeed in competitive markets.
CEI is devoted to continuously providing relevant, timely and targeted support for early stage technology-oriented companies in the creation of quality, high-paying jobs.
We aim to contribute to the development of a thriving and sustainable regional economy driven by innovative local entrepreneurs and a competitive start-up ecosystem.
Our entrepreneurs represent a variety of industry segments, but they all share a strong passion for developing innovative products and services that solve existing problems and are poised to disrupt the marketplace.
CEI's incubator program was developed in collaboration with local business experts who understand the industries and economic landscape Arizona startups face upon entering the market. Typically lasting 18 months to 3 years, our clients have unparalleled access to information, mentorship, and communities to prepare them every step of the way.
Located in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation offers state-of-the-art facilities to clients with businesses in bioscience, medical device, clean technology, and software. To accommodate for their unique needs, clients have access to fully-furnished office space, web labs, meeting rooms, collaborative environments, and more.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation has built a core group of subject matter experts who provide advice and guidance to entrepreneurs in the program. Coming from a variety of fields and industries, these mentors volunteer their time to support CEI’s clients throughout the early phases of their business. With their help, clients have access to the information they need to grow their businesses and develop strong leadership skills.
Building a sense of community is crucial to creating an innovative environment, and that means serving entrepreneurs both in and outside of our program. From our monthly Design Days to our student entrepreneurship programs, we make it a priority to provide opportunities to the public throughout the year.
* Statistics reflect data aggregated over a five-year period from January 2013 to December 2018.
Igniting Growth in the Phoenix Valley
Since 2012, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation has spurred economic growth in the greater Phoenix area. With 12 graduates and 18 current residents, CEI has played a significant role in helping startups build sustainable businesses here in Arizona.
In just five years, CEI has helped our clients create 451 jobs and generate $112 million in sales revenue — far exceeding expectations initially set by the US Economic Development Administration.
To achieve those results, we focus on providing high-quality information and expertise. With over 3240 hours of business coaching and mentorship, our clients have been able to raise over $47 million in private equity capital, grant funding, and awards.