Since the inception of PEI, our mission remains to transform Arizona into a top global market for innovation, fueled by world-class research centers, advanced industries and creative entrepreneurs.
Velocity Report identifies the need for regional transformation.
PEI is founded to accelerate innovation-driven growth.
Pipeline AZ launches to bridge the gap between talent and industry.
WearTech Center opens as PEI’s first Applied Research Center.
Blockchain Applied Research Center launches with global industry Members.
The Connective is established to build the nation’s first Smart Region.
Economic innovation doesn’t happen accidentally. Following a detailed report in 2014, it became apparent that without intentional investment in growing Arizona’s innovation ecosystem and advancing educational attainment, we were poised to fall behind economies driven by technological discovery.
Partnership for Economic Innovation began as a response to that need. We are a passionate collective of community, education, and business leaders dedicated to accelerating economic opportunities for all Arizonans.
Now, we are at a crossroads: through intentional investment, Arizona’s economy is more diversified than ever – but global challenges from climate and technological change to inequality require us to continue to diversify and deepen specializations in emerging tech and growth sectors.
By combining public and private investment in emerging technology research, championing education and laying more pathways to new economy work, we enable Arizona innovators to bring world-changing ideas to market.
Life-changing research needs more paths to commercialization.
Our Applied Research Centers act as industry and talent magnets, helping cultivate innovation ecosystems within Arizona.
Our sustainable future requires collaboration at scale.
By catalyzing partnerships and pilot projects between cities, industry and university, The Connective is scaling “smart” across the region.
We believe equity drives competitiveness.
Through our Arizona career development platform Pipeline AZ, we are creating more accessible pathways for the workforce of the future.
Vice President, Corporate Engagement & Strategic Partnerships
Arizona State University