Entrepreneurs can grow their networks while honing their skills in everything from forecasting and financing to branding and building a team at the second annual Startup Connection, Sept. 20-21, in Chandler.
The free two-day event is being hosted by Chandler Innovations, the entrepreneurial development program that promotes the creation and sustainable growth of startups through ongoing mentorship and tech-focused business development curriculum and events.
Steve Reese, chief information officer of the Phoenix Suns, will kick off the event on Sept. 20 with a keynote address that traces the evolution of IT in business and sports from the “fix-it” crew to company innovators. That will be followed by a Shark Tank-style competition at which three companies will pitch their concepts to a panel of esteemed judges.
Then on Sept. 21, participants can immerse themselves in a series of interactive workshops, roundtables and panel discussions with startup and small-business experts.
“We are thrilled to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts and thought leaders to help companies that are the backbone of our economy,” said Diana White, CEO of Chandler Innovations.
Chandler Innovations is sponsored by the City of Chandler and powered by Moonshot at NACET, a Flagstaff-based nonprofit that helps aspiring entrepreneurs turn big ideas into successful businesses and assists nonprofit leaders and cities in developing entrepreneurial ecosystems.
“Entrepreneurial spirit and forward-thinking leaders have shaped our city into a community of innovation,” said Chandler Councilmember Mark Stewart. “Through the Startup Connection, we can bring together the resources needed to help local entrepreneurs learn how they can build the next major company right here.”
The city and Fennemore Craig are the event’s featured sponsors. Arizona State University is the facility’s partner and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and other event supporters also are involved in the event.
For more information and to register, visit www.innovationsincubator.com.