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Modern co-working space with a retro flair

Thursday, March 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bridgette Blair
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Imagine meeting with a venture mentor while lounging in a diner booth, surrounded by vintage juke boxes, neon signs and even a Bob’s Big Boy statue. It looks like a scene from Happy Days, until you log onto the high-speed Wi-Fi or host a videoconference with co-founders across the country.

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, has launched 1951@SkySong, a co-working and event space that provides startup support services to select Arizona State University student and faculty venture founders. 1951@SkySong also supports alumni and community-based entrepreneurs who purchase co-working space memberships.

“ASU approaches its role as a connector within Greater Phoenix’s entrepreneurial community with great responsibility and excitement,” said Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president of Entrepreneurship + Innovation at ASU. “1951@SkySong is an extension of our efforts to bring together entrepreneurial individuals and organizations from ASU and the greater community to boost innovation and economic growth in the Valley.”

The 5,700-square-foot space, located on the ground floor of the SkySong 1 building, is named for the year the city of Scottsdale was incorporated. In keeping with that theme, the space is decorated with a mural of 1950s Scottsdale, the “West’s Most Western Town,” as well as 50s-era memorabilia on loan from Valley real estate developer and rare memorabilia collector Michael Pollack. Along with the old-time Americana decorations, an entire wall is dedicated to a timeline that details milestones in technology and local history, including the first appearance of ASU mascot Sparky, invention of the microwave oven, walking on the moon and the approval of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which protects one-third of Scottsdale’s desert. “The space is a great addition to SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, and a prime example of the power of collaboration among public and private market leaders,” said Todd Hardy, vice president of University Realty LLC.

The space accommodates up to 250 co-workers in modular seating arrangements, from diner booths and lounge spaces to individual work areas, collaboration areas, training areas and a conference room. Equipped with a teleconferencing and display system, high-speed Wi-Fi and high-definition projectors, 1951@SkySong features state-of-the-art technology. 

1951@SkySong was celebrated with a grand opening in October 2016 and has been rolling out events and services since then. Community startup ventures will be able to purchase tiered memberships based on the time, space, training and mentorship resources that best fit their company’s needs. In addition to ASU connections and entrepreneurial programs, 1951@SkySong incorporates training curriculum from Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas and Draper University into three, seven-week entrepreneurship modules and helps link ventures to Silicon Valley investors.

University Realty LLC, City of Scottsdale, Holualoa Companies and Plaza Companies partnered to develop SkySong, which is home to a global business community that links technology, research, education and entrepreneurship to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy. A 42-acre mixed-use development currently features 600,000 square feet of class-A office space, a 325-unit apartment complex, deli and iconic shade structure. SkySong is projected to generate more than $32.17 billion in total economic output for the market over the next 30 years.

To learn more about the entrepreneurship efforts at ASU including at SkySong, visit


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