The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), a business
incubator in Phoenix, Arizona, has launched Fahrenheit Labs – the first and
only business incubation program available for students of the Maricopa County
Community College District. Housed in the Maricopa Small Business Development
Center (SBDC) main office on the campus of GateWay
Community College, Fahrenheit Labs will offer space, resources and access as
part of its mission to grow student-led businesses and make a positive economic
impact for the region.
"We’re looking to finish up the well-rounded education that
these students are receiving at the Maricopa Community Colleges,” said CEI
Executive Director Jeff Saville. "We want to show them that at the end of the
day it’s cool to own your own business.”
In addition to collaborative space with computer
workstations, Fahrenheit Labs will offer one-on-one business counseling, access
to CEI and SBDC programming, mentors, and strategic partners as well as
collaboration with other like-minded student entrepreneurs.
Eligible students must be enrolled in (6) credit hours at
any one of the ten community colleges and/or two skill centers in the district
and must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher upon entrance and throughout the duration
of their time in the program.