CEI Awarded the InBIA Science & Technology Incubator of the Year
Phoenix, AZ — On April 16, 2019, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) was recognized as the Technology & Science Incubator of the Year by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) during the 33rd annual International Conference on Business Incubation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The award commemorates the impact CEI has achieved by serving Arizona entrepreneurs who are commercializing bioscience technologies from the state’s higher education research efforts. CEI clients and alumni are directly responsible for creating 567 new STEM jobs, generating $154 million in sales revenue and raising over $83 million in private equity capital, grant funding and awards.
This recognition comes at a cumulative moment for the GateWay Community College incubator. Following six effective years of operation, CEI will soon expand to Downtown Phoenix with a new facility located in the forthcoming Wexford Science and Technology Building on the Phoenix Biomedical campus. CEI LabForce is set to launch in 2020 and will be Arizona’s first workforce development center for the life science and biotechnology industries. The Center is also developing a new startup validation program that will offer market research training and services to early-stage startups, inventors and entrepreneurs.
CEI’s recent momentum was made possible through strong support from the Maricopa County Community College District, the City of Phoenix, and other key partnerships throughout the Valley. “To a large degree, we owe our success to the Phoenix community. Likewise, all of our accomplishments would not be possible without the hard work and sacrifices made by the entrepreneurs who have joined CEI to launch their companies,” said Tom Schumann, CEI Executive Director.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation will be hosting a Community Celebration on May 16, 2019 from 5 - 7 p.m. in honor of the local leaders, organizations and businesses that have made the incubator’s success possible.
About the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
Located in Central Phoenix, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) at GateWay Community College is a full-service business incubator that houses a vibrant community of bioscience, medical device, and high tech entrepreneurs who are working on lifesaving technologies.
About the International Business Innovation Association
InBIA is a global nonprofit with over 1,300 members that lead entrepreneurship centers in 62 countries. For over 30 years, InBIA has provided industry best practices through education while enabling collaboration, mentorship, peer-based learning and the sharing of innovative ideas for entrepreneurs across the globe. InBIA is the premier organization for business incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, and other entrepreneurship centers.
Amanda Mollindo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 602-286-8947.