Moonshot Expands Reach and Offerings – Flagstaff Business News

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Not only do we provide mentorship and training to new businesses, but we also strive to cultivate the workforce needed to support start-ups, especially for groups that are often underrepresented.

As always, let me start by thanking the City of Flagstaff, our local sponsors, and our community of entrepreneurs for their partnership with Moonshot and the NACET campus for the past 22 years. Your commitment to improving the lives of the people of Northern Arizona is greatly appreciated and we are humbled by your continued support. Judging from the start-up founders in our program to date and the fact that over 80% of office and manufacturing space on the NACET campus is occupied, I’d say Flagstaff and North Arizona has a promising economic future.

With a solid budget and forecast, Moonshot AZ enters fiscal year 2022-23 with plans to expand our staff, reach and offerings. While continuing to build on our core services and programs that create successful businesses, create new jobs and change the economic landscape, we are seeing an expansion in overseeing and nurturing incubator campuses and economic development initiatives across the state of Arizona.

Not only do we provide mentorship and training to new businesses, but we also strive to cultivate the workforce needed to support start-ups, especially for groups that are often underrepresented.

Young entrepreneurs, college internships

We have been inspired by what we have seen since our youth. Building on this, several times a year, our team will launch Moonshot Junior Tracks, aimed at high school students.

Moonshot is also in its second year of working with University of Northern Arizona students in business, hospitality and engineering schools to communicate the basic principles entrepreneurs use to create successful start-ups.

Diversity in entrepreneurship

We continue to build on our “WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Mean Business” meetups for Flagstaff-area entrepreneurs and business leaders, but we are also expanding our efforts across Arizona to be inclusive with additional programs designed to specifically attract and support people of color. & LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs in rural areas

Continuing to serve rural areas is critical to our mission, but not all communities have the resources to bring our staff there. Therefore, we created a virtual incubator program, Moonshot Satellite, a scaled down version of our services to help rural towns and small towns in Arizona. This platform will connect rural entrepreneurs to an ever-growing network of Moonshot mentors, coaches, sector advisors and fellow entrepreneurs.

Workforce training

Moonshot’s development and management of innovative manufacturing, business and workforce development initiatives have traditionally exceeded customer expectations; Moonshot’s Arizona Stitch Lab is positioned to raise the bar even higher with its expansion plan. The program’s strategic alignment with the city of Tucson – the program’s beta market – allowed us to quickly re-skill an underserved community – the Yaqui Tribe of the Pascua Yaqui Nation – by developing skills in industrial sewing that met a need region in trained seamstresses that was underappreciated pre-COVID and emerged amid COVID, as global supply chain challenges halted the growth of many domestic businesses. The AZ Stitch Lab Rural Expansion Project will not only allow us to meet this need to accelerate domestic manufacturing, but will also allow us to develop core program graduates for well-paying remote jobs that will allow them to accept customers from all over the world. the world while residing in their home community.

Economic development planning

In 2021, Moonshot also received an EDA Sprint grant to develop a software solution that redefines rural economic development planning. The Moonshot Community Planner is now ready to integrate Arizona cities and bring communities together.

Finally, it is with great excitement that we announce Diana White as the new Executive Director of Moonshot’s Flagstaff NACET Campus. For the past three years, she has managed our Chandler Innovations contract and represented Moonshot in Maricopa County. We are thrilled to have her back in Flagstaff and as a regional representative! NBF

By Scott Hathcock

Scott Hathcock is President and CEO of Moonshot (www.moonshotaz.com), a 21-year-old 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Moonshot’s mission is to help entrepreneurs both create and grow start-ups and develop entrepreneurial ecosystems for economic development throughout Arizona.

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