ASU SkySong – and the SkySong project as a whole – came from the vision of ASU’s president, Dr. Michael M. Crow. His commitment to “The New American University” includes a focus on innovation, research and a partnership with the private sector to create opportunities for economic development.
Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with ASU, the country’s largest and most innovative university with over 98,000 students. As the cornerstone of SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, ASU SkySong occupies 135,566 square feet of space related to corporate engagement, entrepreneurship, education, technology and innovation.
ASU SkySong is an innovation center designed to help companies grow by providing business services and programs offered or facilitated by ASU. These services support entrepreneurial ventures and established businesses through access to the latest technologies, capital networks and a highly-skilled workforce.
As one of the nation’s leading innovation centers, initiatives based at ASU SkySong have been responsible for:
- Over 100 spin out companies that have collectively raised over $600 million in venture capital;
- Creating and launching the nation’s leading summit for education technology, the ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit;
- Development of the groundbreaking ASU Online/Starbucks degree program through the ASU EdPlus team; and
- Support of over 400 community meetings and 5,500 visitors each month.
ASU SkySong works with corporations and communities throughout Arizona, partnering with local and statewide organizations to build the state’s economy. ASU is committed to its corporate partnerships and values its collaboration with private and public institutions.