ASU Venture Catalyst and the Scottsdale Public Library system are launching a new initiative called the Alexandria Network to help inventors, problem-solvers, social enterprises, entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Alexandria Network is designed to provide support for the innovation economy within designated libraries, creating a network of locations across the greater Phoenix area, and eventually across the state of Arizona.
These new “EUREKA” spaces will combine elements of co-working spaces with library fact-finding services and ASU startup resources into one designated place. Innovators and entrepreneurs can work from these spaces on a daily basis and have access to mentorship, advice, and ASU’s “pracademic classes” both online and in the libraries. These spaces also serve as places to connect and network with fellow independent, business-minded people.
According to Scottsdale Public Library Director Carol Damaso, “This is the role of the library in a new economic, social, and learning landscape. We are partnering on this innovative concept to provide a cooperative learning space and programming that combines the proven success of ASU entrepreneurship programs with the library as a known space for continuing education for all people.”
The pilot EUREKA location will be in the Scottsdale Public Library system, based in the Civic Center Library, and is set to open in early April.