Arizona has a reputation for being a great place for startups, but SEED SPOT is the first of its kind. SEED SPOT is an entrepreneurial incubator started by former Greater Phoenix Economic Council employees Chris Petroff and Courtney Klein Johnson, that helps early stage social entrepreneurs succeed and stay in Phoenix. Specifically, SEED SPOT supports entrepreneurs that possess an idea to improve the lives of people or communities on a local, national, or global scale. Their planned office space is a fantastic example of adaptive reuse, in repurposing a mid-century bank building at 24th St and Washington into their urban hub and office space.
This urban hub of innovation opens this fall and they’re ready to welcome our inaugural cohort of up to 20 ventures. Applications will be accepted from July 1 through August 30. Finalist will be announced by September 15. To apply, log onto the website at: www.seedspot.org
Entrepreneurs selected for the 18-week program are surrounded by local innovators, mentors, corporate partners, and service providers. SEED SPOT is planning to select a handful of these entrepreneurs and follow their story as they grow their companies. SEED SPOT entrepreneurs will have experiences along their journey that other aspiring dreamers can learn from in a documentary film.
Additionally, the SEED SPOT model is built for replication into new cities in the years ahead. The ability to capture the launch and progression of SEED SPOT in its first year may enable a national movement to take shape, all grown out of Phoenix, Arizona.
“As filmmakers desiring to tell the story of SEED SPOT, we are relying on backer’s support. We will use the funds from Kickstarter for 6 months of production. We want this experience to be as interactive as possible for everyone who gets involved.
We will start with documenting the architectural renovation process of an old building, and capture everything that evolves inside, i.e. from applicant selection to the final pitch night. The surprises that develop will be part of the fun of having insider access.”