Where startups become businesses and business leaders go to grow.

Supporting Startups on the path to success

You're finally ready to the leave the research lab, the home office, and even your 9-to-5 job to launch your own business. But only until you take that initial leap can you get a full view of the long and difficult journey ahead. 

Fortunately, this path doesn't have to be taken alone, and that's where CEI's business incubator program can help.


CEI's Business Incubator Program

When you're accepted into our program, you gain a lot more than office space to house your founding team or a lab to continue research for the next 18 - 36 months. You receive the full support of CEI's staff, partners, and advisors to guide you through each phase of your company's growth.

membership perks & benefits

  • Ongoing meetings with CEI staff to plan your business strategy and track progress
  • Access to subject matter experts specific to your industry

  • Weekly emails about opportunities and events in Phoenix

  • Discount programs with Amazon Web Services, HubSpot, and PADT, plus reduced-cost, in-house marketing services

  • Free and discounted lectures, seminars, and workshops 

  • Onsite rapid prototyping and 3D printing

  • Promotion of client news, milestones and events in our email newsletter, on our website, and through social media 

  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with other entrepreneurs housed in our facility 

Become a part of the CEI community

We are currently accepting applications for resident clients to move in as early as January 2018. If you're the founder of a tech, medical device, or life and bio science startup located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, we'd love to hear from you! 


work with leading minds
in your industry


CEI offers its clients the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best people in their industry for information, advice and guidance. Our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are selected based on their expertise and ability to guide others in their field. Their variety of skills offer start-ups and developing companies valuable information to assist their businesses’ continued growth. 

Our SMEs guide our clients through a variety of different topics, including:

  • Accounting

  • Angel and Venture Capital

  • Business Strategy

  • Corporate Law

  • Engineering

  • Export and International Sales

  • FDA Regulatory Compliance

  • Finance

  • Government Contracting

  • Graphic Design

  • Human Resources

  • Intellectual Property

  • IT, Web Development and Design

  • Management Information Systems

  • Manufacturing

  • Market Research

  • Marketing

  • PR/Media Relations

  • Real Estate and Commercial Lending

  • Sales

  • Social Media


Level up your marketing without breaking the budget

For early-stage startups, the road to commercialization might feel like a long one, but a company’s brand and marketing strategy should be established well before they launch. However, this vital step is often overlooked by entrepreneurs.

They’re busy with product development, finding the right co-founders, writing a business plan, raising capital, and everything else that comes with starting a business… so marketing seems like the one thing that can wait just a little longer to take care of.

To make sure our client companies don’t fall behind, we offer a full range of professional marketing services at highly discounted rates. From designing a branded pitch deck to producing a strategic explainer video, we help our clients get the support they need to make a lasting impression on their audience.

Written Content

  • Press releases

  • Website copywriting

  • Email campaigns

Graphic Design 

  • Flyers, paphlets, and  printed media

  • Branded pitch decks

  • Banners and posters


  • Company headshots 

  • Product photography

  • Group/team photos

Video Production

  • Company explainer

  • Demonstration videos

  • Client testimonials


Exclusive Events


CEI brings in  industry experts (like MaryAnn Guerra, seen above) to share advice and information at our monthly Founders Forum.

CEI brings in  industry experts (like MaryAnn Guerra, seen above) to share advice and information at our monthly Founders Forum.

Building a strong foundation for your startup is a continuous learning process, but finding the right resources isn't always easy. To make sure our founders have access to the education needed to run a successful business, we host lectures, workshops, and seminars at our facilities on a regular basis.


BMSEED Founder, Oliver Graudejus explains his technology to US Small Business Administrator, Linda McMahon.

BMSEED Founder, Oliver Graudejus explains his technology to US Small Business Administrator, Linda McMahon.

Sometimes all you need is the right introduction to get your foot in the door. If you're hoping to meet your next investor, advisory board member, or manufacturing partner, we provide our founders with plenty of opportunities to shake hands with  contacts that can help take their company to the next level.  


At CEI's annual Chili Cook-off, our clients enjoyed taste-testing each other's chili and voting on a winner!

At CEI's annual Chili Cook-off, our clients enjoyed taste-testing each other's chili and voting on a winner!

Whether they're sharing a meal, a laugh, or some startup-to-startup advice, CEI truly shines when our entrepreneurs get together as a community. From barbecues and cook-offs, to holiday celebrations, we love bringing our clients together to enjoy some quality time with their incubator neighbors and entreprenurial family! 


Work in a Space engineered for ingenuity


CEI is located on the Washington Campus of Gateway Community College in Phoenix and was designed to accommodate the unique needs of Arizona's most innovative entrepreneurs. Our 18,000 square-foot facility is easy to access by car or the METRO Light Rail and is only minutes away from Sky Harbor Airport.

Whether you're looking for a small lab for your startup team to continue their research, require continual access to 3D printing and prototyping support, or want an office housed in an exciting community of like-minded founders, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation can accomidate your needs.  

amenities include: 

  • 17 furnished offices and suites 

  • 8 wet labs with fume hoods

  • 1 Premium CLIA certified wet lab

  • Medical Device Maker Space

  • Climate Controlled Server Room 

  • LifeSize video and audio conferencing technology

  • 24/7 building access with security

  • Commercial-grade biotechnology equipment available for reduced-cost rent

  •  4 small, medium, and large shared conference rooms

  • Collaborative spaces that include a courtyard, a patio, and a kitchenette/break room 



Each and every day, we work to help our clients succeed. We strive to support them through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. We do everything in our power to make their time here at CEI worthwhile. But don't take our word for it — watch the video below to find out what our clients have to say about being a part of CEI's business incubator program!

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CEI served us well by allowing us the flexibility to develop our clinical laboratory environment and continue to validate our technology.
CEI has been transformational to new business growth in the Phoenix area and for us at Beacon Biomedical! Tom’s leadership along with Patti’s innovation, Anne Marie’s guidance and Johnna’s support have been crucial to Beacon’s development as a new emerging business. CEI is right on target in accomplishing its mission.
— Dave English, Beacon Biomedical
Some of our most important connections came as a result of being located at CEI. Their support and expertise was a critical component of our success.

Interested in becoming a client?

Apply to join CEI's business incubator program today!