Completed request for qualifications forms are due Sept. 23, 2013 for the new Mesa Technology Accelerator program designed to help grow small technology companies.
Those interested in responding are required to complete the solicitation to register at: http://MesaAZ.gov/Vendor.
The program seeks consultants or consulting firms interested in providing technical assistance to businesses that have been accepted into one of the Mesa Technology Accelerator assistance programs. The City of Mesa intends to procure a team of consultants with demonstrated competencies in categories including marketing, organizational development, accounting, human resource planning, financing and other disciplines.
Mesa has partnered with Arizona State University to create the Mesa Technology Accelerator, whose mission is to stimulate the establishment and growth of technology-based companies and other growth-oriented businesses in the East Valley of Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
The Accelerator, located on the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus, Mesa, Ariz., is expected to contribute to job creation and provide enhanced economic health to the region.
As part of the Intergovernmental Agreement, Mesa will provide funding and staffing to operate the Mesa Technology Accelerator and recruit businesses to participate in the program. ASU, meanwhile, will provide office and meeting space for accelerator businesses and facilitate partnerships between those businesses and the College of Technology and Innovation at its Polytechnic campus.
The IGA is contingent upon a Mesa City Council vote in October. ASU officials also are expected to approve the agreement.
“Cities are building the new American economy,” Scott Smith, Mesa Mayor, said in a press release. “Partnering with the private sector and universities is the smart way to provide resources to developing companies. By fostering innovation we help to build a healthy economy.”
Creation of a business accelerator, to assist business growth and provide economic vitality, is a major step towards achieving the goal of the Mesa Gateway Strategic Development Plan, adopted by Mesa City Council, to create a regional employment center.
“Opening the Mesa Technology Accelerator in partnership with ASU Polytechnic and in proximity to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will make the area a hub for innovative entrepreneurship and a place where the knowledge workforce gravitates,” Scott Somers, Mesa’s District 6 Council member, said. “The businesses that develop here will help us meet our goal of 100,000 high-wage jobs.”
As part of the proposed agreement, Mesa will provide funding and staffing to operate the Mesa Technology Accelerator and recruit businesses to participate in the program. ASU will provide office and meeting space for accelerator businesses and facilitate partnerships between those businesses and the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU Polytechnic.
“The College of Technology and Innovation at ASU is thrilled to partner with the City of Mesa on the launch of the Mesa Technology Accelerator,” Mitzi Montoya, ASU Vice Provost and Dean, College of Technology and Innovation, said. “CTI at the Polytechnic campus is home to students and researchers who develop technology-based innovations to solve real world challenges. Additionally, the accelerator will be an economic driver for the East Valley as it will help retain talented, entrepreneurial students at CTI who have a goal to start businesses right here in Mesa.”