To help innovators and businesses of all sizes succeed by delivering exceptional entrepreneurial, educational, and workforce development resources.


To foster a culture of regional innovation where community members, entrepreneurs, and companies are empowered to solve today’s biggest problems.

Awards & Recognition

INBIA 2019 Incubator of the Year
INBIA 2018 Incubator of the month
Impact Chamber Award 2017

Our Values

We Prioritize Collaboration

We believe that great ideas are best nurtured in an environment where people with different backgrounds, perspectives, and areas of expertise can work side by side. At every level of business — from startup support to workforce development — the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation encourages, enables and practices collaboration. By being team-oriented and community-centered, we strive to help everyone we work with get further, faster.

We Act with Integrity

We believe in delivering the highest quality support, resources, and programming possible to everyone we serve. We aim for transparency in all aspects of our work, and take the feedback we receive — both internally and externally — to heart. By setting a standard of open and honest communication with those in our community, we are able to reflect, iterate, and improve our services in the pursuit of excellence.

We Strive for Growth

Advances in science, technology and business are nonstop, and it’s crucial that CEI keeps up. With each year since opening, we have committed to growth in big and small ways. By staying flexible and receptive to new ideas, we are able to evolve to best support our clients, partners and community.

Our Team

Industry Experts

Executive Leadership

CEI a proud to be a division of GateWay Community College, a Maricopa Community College


GateWay Community College has built a legacy of innovation, pioneering vision and responsiveness to the needs of our community: the first technical college in Arizona; first to use community advisory committees; first to tailor courses to the needs of business and industry; first to offer classes at off-campus locations; even the first to install a computer. From a humble beginning in the former Korrick's Department Store downtown, Maricopa Technical College has flourished for 50 years into today's GateWay.

Another first for GateWay Community College is the integration of its Maricopa Skill Center division and alignment of the SouthWest Skill Center under the college, so now all clock programs are under one college. Now the college has three campuses and two extension sites.

Together, the college offers more than 160 degree, certificate, as well as trade, technical and workforce training options to fit your life, your budget and your goals for the future. It's no coincidence our motto is, "Education that works, so you learn more, live better."


Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.

Maricopa Community Colleges is committed to providing quality, accessible education to as many members of the community as possible.

Partnerships That Empower the Community

As the largest workforce educator in Arizona, MCCCD is committed to the economic development of the state and local communities, and Maricopa serves the government and business institutions in the Phoenix metro area, Maricopa County, and Arizona. Its Workforce Development department creates initiatives to provide skilled individuals who are workforce-ready and who add to the economic wellness of Phoenix businesses. Additionally, the entire Maricopa Community Colleges system is one of the largest employers in the Phoenix area further contributing to economic prosperity in our communities.