The Arizona State University Foundation manages entrepreneurial activities that benefit ASU, among them:
Arizona Technology Enterprises LLC (AzTE) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Arizona State University Foundation. AzTE is contracted by ASU to manage its technology venturing, and to work with university inventors and industry to transform scientific progress into products and services.
AzTE transfers technologies invented at ASU, Northern Arizona University and their affiliated research centers to the private sector by mining university research, prosecuting patents, marketing inventions and negotiating licenses. Technology transfer also facilitates ASU’s efforts to attract and retain superior faculty and graduate recruitment, while returning income to the inventor and the university to support ongoing research.
SkySong is an international business and innovation center located just minutes from downtown Phoenix in Scottsdale, Arizona. Designed as a global focal point for technological innovation, cross-disciplinary collaboration and expansion of world trade, SkySong provides excellent access to major markets in the southwestern United States and Latin America. SkySong also offers the necessary environment and resources for its tenants, both international and domestic, to bring new technologies to the marketplace and expand globally.
SkySong is home to activities and organizations that comingle and stimulate new forms of global commerce, research, technology, art, education and economic development. Anchored by the iconic SkySong shade structure, its creative architecture accommodates 1.2 million square feet (112,000 square meters) of high-tech commercial office space, displays of tenants' most innovative technologies, multimedia-rich pedestrian areas, retail space, restaurants and 324 beautifully designed apartments. SkySong’s tenants can live, work and play in this creative, connected enclave.
SkySong serves the needs of businesses, research and technology industry, and academia while building vital networks between university innovations, regional progress and the global technology industry. It provides businesses a competitive edge and tenants a stimulating interactive environment.
In March 2004, the Arizona State University Foundation purchased The Brickyard, an eclectic mix of three unique buildings and a parking structure located in downtown Tempe, Arizona.
Situated in the heart of downtown with the area’s most popular cafes and eateries just steps away, The Brickyard is home to ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and the School of Computing and Informatics. It also contains the Institute for Computing and Information Science and Engineering, which was created to centralize the university's key academic and research programs in computer science.
Several research centers are located in the Brickyard complex, including the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing, Decision Theater and Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling.