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UEDA Annual Summit 2014 - Awards of Excellence - Community Connected Campus - Alexandria Co-Working Network


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The Alexandria Co-working Network, developed by Arizona State University (ASU), brings people together in collaboration spaces in public libraries, creating a network of places for people to connect, collaborate and find valuable resources. Launched in May of 2013, Alexandria Co-working Network is designed as a hub and spoke between the activities of the ASU and the public library system. The objective is to help designated libraries in Arizona and beyond offer innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration spaces through both a physical and a virtual network that supports the creation of new innovations and aids economic development through the creation of new startup companies. Libraries in the network create open collaboration spaces in their facilities, where innovators and entrepreneurs can find collaborators and mentors. In this environment they also get access to fully equipped working spaces, library fact-finding services, and physical and digital library resources. Through the Network, ASU offers entrepreneurial education, training to library staff, access to a distributed mentor pool and most importantly a platform, in which libraries can use to serve the entrepreneurial community. Since the launch of the network, ASU has jointly opened four locations within Arizona (Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix, and Goodyear) and these spaces have reported success in serving the community, making impact upon the local economy, and attracting new constituents to libraries. In the near future, the Network will expand to other states, with current discussions underway in several libraries.

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UEDA Annual Summit 2014 - Awards of Excellence - Community Connected Campus - Alexandria Co-Working Network

  1. 1. 2014 UEDA Awards of Excellence Mitzi Montoya How to redesign libraries and museums for the 21st century. The Alexandria Innovation Network case study UEDA Theme: Community Connected Campus
  2. 2. Mitzi Montoya Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Mitzi M. Montoya is Vice President and University Dean for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Arizona State University. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship in the W.P. Carey School of Business. Dr. Montoya received her Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and a B.S. in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University. Dr. Montoya is responsible for advancing ASU as a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation and for strategic direction for ASU’s broad portfolio of entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives, including student and faculty entrepreneurship as well as advancement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She has established ASU as a national leader in the growing maker movement and developed an innovative partnership with TechShop uniting a public open prototyping facility with higher education.
  3. 3. about ASU & the New American University model design aspiration / value entrepreneurship ASU inspires action. We harness knowledge for innovation and create purposeful ventures in all sectors and realms. We are entrepreneurial as individuals and as an institution. IDEA SOCIAL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  4. 4. E+I mission Our mission is to support regional economic growth and social change; foster an innovative culture among the students, faculty and all units at ASU; and be a national model for E+I at a public research university.
  5. 5. the need Challenge Inventors, problem solvers, potential entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses need assistance in cultivating and advancing their ideas in the United States. The vast majority of libraries and museums, both traditional community hubs for knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing, are not innovating on their models to offer 21st century skill development programs for the communities they serve. Many librarians and museums are looking to transform their public spaces to better serve community interests by making shifts in their role in the community. Solution The Alexandria Innovation Network (AIN), designed by ASU, creates a collaborative network of libraries, museums and community partners that advance and promote local innovation and entrepreneurship through knowledge sharing. The partners in the network provide community members with broad access to continuing education in entrepreneurship, mentors, service providers, and other community-based resources for current and aspiring small-business owners.
  6. 6. about AIN The Alexandria Innovation Network provides a place for entrepreneurs to go to work on their ideas and collaborate with other entrepreneurs. ASU actively engages with each of our library & museum locations by setting up mentor office hours, holding entrepreneurial classes under ASU’s Rapid Startup School program, and providing marketing material for the libraries to promote their location. Additionally, ASU connects AIN locations to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. These collaboration spaces are designed to complement other types of co-working spaces rather than compete with them.
  7. 7. community connectedness: Rapid Startup School (RSuS) ASU’s Rapid Startup School (RSuS) is a sequence of continuing education modules, organized in three stages: Stage 1: Ideation (RSuS S1). Learning modules and tasks for entrepreneurs that are refining initial problems/solutions and learning how to efficiently navigate potentially viable markets. Stage 2: Validation (RSuS S2). Learning modules and tasks for entrepreneurs that are experimenting and developing prototypes, minimum viable products, and launching solutions in the market. Stage 3: Acceleration (RSuS S3). Learning modules and tasks for entrepreneurs that have successfully demonstrated product-market fit and revenue generation and are ready to scale, expand, or optimize their commercialization activities. ASU RSuS continuing education programs are available for two audiences: Entrepreneur training is for current and aspiring entrepreneurs interested in advancing their ideas and developing their ventures. Facilitator training is for individuals interested in becoming certified ASU RSuS facilitators for S1, S2 and/or S3 entrepreneur training.
  8. 8. impact to date 6k total participants in ASU-led programs held at AIN locations since May, 2013. 12+ over a dozen new companies have been launched at AIN locations since May, 2013. 55% over 55% of participants surveyed indicated that they had not visited their local library prior to participating in an AIN event.
  9. 9. impact to date: continued Since launching AIN, we have opened collaboration spaces in four library locations including (with more launching this year): Phoenix Burton Barr Library Mesa Red Mountain Library Scottsdale Public Library Goodyear Public Library ASU has plans to expand to other cities in Arizona as well as libraries and museums in California.
  10. 10. a community connected campus ASU had delivered more than 30 classes as part of the network. AIN has also attracted national attention. Many other libraries and museums have expressed interest in participating in the Network as well as modeling similar partnerships. The core goal is to have a community-based, ‘democratization of entrepreneurship’, that is complimentary to the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem. These spaces in AIN locations will serve anyone who wants to be part of the entrepreneurship value chain from idea to product to commercialization, such as mentors, experts, innovators, thought leaders, curious-minded individuals, and problem solvers.
  11. 11. 2014 UEDA Awards of Excellence Mitzi Montoya How to redesign libraries and museums for the 21st century. The Alexandria Innovation Network case study UEDA Theme: Community Connected Campus