Great Eats, Great Seats: SkySong Launches Food Truck Thursday and First Friday Trolley to Serve Employees, Neighbors

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center prides itself on being everything anyone could want in a place to locate their innovative and growing business. But sometimes, the more than 50 companies and 1,000 employees want a little bit of the outside world as well.

So, to enhance the sense of community and interaction at the core of the project, the SkySong team has launched two exciting features for the enjoyment of current tenants and employees, as well as the nearby neighborhood.

The first is a Food Truck Thursday, held on the fourth Thursday of each month next to the new SkySong Park and featuring some of the Valley’s finest food truck vendors serving a wide variety of cuisine. The Food Trucks began serving SkySong last year, and have been extremely busy and well-received.

And second, SkySong has begun offering a First Friday Trolley service on the first Friday of each month. The service, which began on February 7, runs from 11 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. from SkySong into Old Town Scottsdale, providing an opportunity for SkySong employees, residents of the apartments and nearby neighbors to enjoy the dining and shopping opportunities Old Town provides.

It’s one of a number of steps being taken at SkySong to enhance the SkySong experience and create more connectivity in the project.

“Our tenants and employees have told us that they want SkySong to bring together people from different industries, companies and even cultures in a connected environment,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “As SkySong continues to grow and with the opening of SkySong 3 on the horizon, we are pleased to provide ways for those working at SkySong to enjoy their experience even more, and increase the interaction and innovation at the project in the process.”

Read the press release at this link.

Momentum Continues For SkySong as 2014 Begins

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is off to a strong start in 2014, with a new addition and significant construction progress on its third office building.

LearnVest ( has become the latest addition to SkySong.

The company, which provides personalized online financial planning services, has leased a 5,160 RSF space on the third floor of SkySong 2, bringing the total occupancy of the first two SkySong office buildings back to more than 98 percent.Also, construction continues to progress on SkySong 3, the third office building at the project. The building “topped out” at its final height of 62 feet at its parapet in mid-December. Construction is proceeding on schedule and it is anticipated the new building will open in the summer of 2014.

Residents are now living in the SkySong Scottsdale Apartments, with Phase I of the apartments opening in October 2013 and with additional phases coming online throughout the course of the year. The construction of the apartments also included the construction of a large open plaza on the eastern portion of the project.

And, SkySong recently launched its new web site at to provide more information about the project and its progress and features.

Read the entire press release at this link.

SkySong housing seen as development boost

From The Arizona Republic:

The first post-recession, major construction project along south Scottsdale’s McDowell Road corridor is under way at Arizona State University’s SkySong innovation campus.

Construction began this fall on a $44million, 325-unit apartment complex at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. The campus is at the southeastern corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads.

In addition, construction is anticipated to start during the second quarter of 2013 on a third office building on the campus.

“SkySong is leading the charge on economic revitalization and job growth in our region in many ways,” said Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Cos., SkySong’s developer. “The project now sits at about 99 percent occupied, with many companies continuing to grow and thrive, and we’ve been successful in recruiting a major workforce to the project.”

Read more at this link.

SkySong To Host Major Outdoor Event Under Shade Structure as Part of ASU Education Innovation Summit

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center will host one as more than 900 people dine under the project’s iconic shade structure as part of ASU’s Education Innovation Summit.

The dinner at SkySong will feature two prominent speakers:

  • “Above the Crowd with Bill Gurley,” a venture capital investor who was responsible for the launch of companies such as Amazon, OpenTable and Uber
  • “Play It Smart, A Conversation About Making a Difference” with Former 49er & Super Bowl champ Ronnie Lott

More than 6,000 people visit SkySong every month for special events and to experience the project’s vibrancy and focus on innovation and technology. However, this dinner will be one of the largest events ever hosted at SkySong and the first time a large dinner has been hosted under the shade structure.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m., and is preceded by a reception and several other activities at SkySong related to the conference.

ASU SkySong hits entrepreneurial high notes in 4 years

From The Arizona Republic:

Arizona State University’s SkySong business-development program has undergone dramatic changes in its first four years of existence. In some respects, the program is still trying to define its proper role in the community.

Founded in 2008, ASU SkySong opened in the middle of a recession as an effort to connect Arizona State University’s pool of intellectual talent with the Phoenix area’s vibrant but fragmented entrepreneurial community.

Program administrators are now pushing even harder to encourage entrepreneurs and businesses to license and market a variety of ASU-developed inventions that include an anti-nerve gas, a plant-based antibody for West Nile virus, security improvements to mobile cloud computing, tunable microchip-based microphones and a 3-D face-recognition system.

They recently launched a major new competition focused on university-owned intellectual property and are revamping one of ASU SkySong’s existing business-development programs, school officials said.

Read more at this link.