MAC6 Debuts Arizona’s First Manufacturing Incubator During Arizona Manufacturers Month

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Grand opening event highlights “Conscious” manufacturing approach, programs to help local manufacturers expand and startup companies involved in the new incubator

Manufacturing continues to be an essential pillar of Arizona’s statewide economy and will have a significant role in fueling new job creation and long-term growth

MAC6, in conjunction with Conscious Capitalism Arizona, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and Arizona State University (ASU), will host the grand opening of its new Park Lane Manufacturing facility in Tempe on Thursday, October 24.

As part of the Conscious Manufacturing in Action event program, MAC6 will debut the new 38,000-square-foot industrial manufacturing space – the Conscious Manufacturing Incubator. Additionally, the 12 unique manufacturing startup ventures that have been invited to launch in the new incubator will be introduced. Click here for event details and to RVSP.

“Manufacturing continues to be an essential pillar of Arizona’s statewide economy and will have a significant role in fueling new job creation and long-term growth,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “Manufacturers have transformed into innovators by applying science and technology to their operations, and the Conscious Manufacturing Incubator is an outstanding example of the innovation occurring in our state that we are highlighting during Arizona Manufacturers Month.”

This grand opening event is among the local efforts that will be connected to Arizona Manufacturers Month, an initiative that highlights the state’s manufacturing ecosystem and its role in propelling Arizona’s economy into the next era of growth. Click here for more about Arizona Manufacturers Month.

The Conscious Manufacturing Incubator is a launch pad for early-stage, Arizona-based manufacturing startups that embrace the four tenets of Conscious Capitalism®: Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Leadership and Conscious Culture. The incubator is a community partnership between MAC6, Arizona State University, and Rev AZ, the state’s manufacturing extension partnership program run by the ACA. Its mission is to foster manufacturing entrepreneurship to generate high-wage manufacturing job growth in Arizona and the greater Southwest.

“Our incubator is unique. There is nothing quite like it in this country,” said Scott McIntosh, co-founder of MAC6. “We offer early-stage startups access to manufacturing space that is sometimes difficult for established companies to access. Our co-op work space model fosters an environment and a culture of creativity, collaboration, community and change. We are very excited to welcome the Arizona community to our space and to debut the incredible companies in our inaugural cohort.”

The Conscious Manufacturing in Action grand opening event will not only provide public tours of Tempe’s newest manufacturing facility, but will also include opportunities to hear from leaders in the Arizona manufacturing industry and to learn about: Why conscious manufacturing makes good business sense; How entrepreneurship programs at ASU are supporting manufacturing in Arizona; and How the ACA’s Rev AZ manufacturing extension partnership program is offering small businesses manufacturing support and how to become a company incubated in the second cohort of the Conscious Manufacturing Incubator. There will also be local food trucks and live music. Donations of $20 will be accepted at the door for admittance with proceeds going to benefit Conscious Capitalism Arizona’s education programs.

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About MAC6
MAC6 is a Tempe-based business incubator putting young Conscious companies at the center of a nine-month experience that will change the course of their business. Surrounded by a state-of-the-art environment and business-planning experts, MAC6 Incubees develop into sustainable businesses that will impact the world for better. For more information, visit http://www.mac6.com.

About Conscious Capitalism Arizona
Conscious Capitalism® is an emerging form of capitalism that leverages positive social change into long-term competitive advantage. Conscious Capitalism Arizona supports leaders, companies, universities and governments in accelerating the shift to Conscious Capitalism. Fostering honorable business in Arizona and the Greater Southwest through education, collaboration and conscious practice, CCAZ offers transformative thinking, programs, events and communities of inquiry. Learn more at http://www.consciouscapitalismaz.com

About the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group:
Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, a joint initiative between the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and Arizona Technology Enterprises, serves as the hub for entrepreneurial activity at ASU. Based at ASU SkySong in Scottsdale, the group supports students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, helping them navigate the wide range of entrepreneurship-related classes, programs and resources available throughout the university and within the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Visit Entrepreneurship@ASU for more.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority:
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: Recruit, Grow, Create – Recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Visit AzCommerce.com for more.

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