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SkySong Attracts Innovative Companies from Mexico by quotes

SkySong Attracts Innovative Companies from Mexico

Partnership between Arizona State University and Tecnológico de Monterrey Creates Business

Two innovative, entrepreneurial companies from Mexico have announced their intent to establish U.S.
operations at SkySong, the ASU-Scottsdale Innovation Center – Ensitech (Monterrey, Mexico) and
Energy Ventures (Monterrey, Mexico).

is a software development firm offering on-demand solutions for eBusiness; eCommerce and
internet marketing products for small- and medium- sized businesses with low in-house technology
capability. Ensitech provides eCommerce services to OXXO Inmuebles, the real estate developer for
Mexico’s largest retail chain, which is similar to Circle K stores.

Energy Ventures
provides performance management services for companies committed to electric power
production. A General Electric spin-off, Energy Ventures provides thermal evaluation and project
evaluation services to utilities in Latin America.
ASU Technopolis, Arizona State University’s program that educates, coaches and connects innovators,
will be assisting both Ensitech and Energy Ventures by providing them with entrepreneurial coaching and
US commercialization strategy expertise.
Both firms learned about the opportunities at SkySong while participating in a unique workshop held last
fall at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The two-day workshop — Building Successful
Ventures in the US — a collaborative effort of ASU’s Office of Economic Affairs, the global law firm,
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, and Grupo N (now Reister Multicultural) was attended by Mexican business
leaders representing a variety of export-oriented firms.
“We are very enthusiastic to have this new opportunity for our company because it is a priority for us to
participate in the business market that the United States represents,” said Jorge Ayala, director for
Ensitech and an alumnus of Tecnológico de Monterrey. “We see SkySong as the gateway to connect with
other global firms. It (SkySong) is our first step into the world marketplace,” added Ayala.
“After meeting with experts, we confirmed that our marketing strategies and products have a strong
competitive advantage in the US market. Our entry strategy is to develop a partner network with
companies interested in the US Hispanic market,” said Ricardo Montes de Oca Hernández, director of
marketing for Ensitech.
“The Letters of Intent (LOIs) from Ensitech and Energy Ventures set the initial framework to work with
each company on a one-to-one basis,” said Julia Rosen, ASU’s assistant vice president for economic
affairs. “The LOIs grant the companies access to an array of ASU resources such as training and
coaching programs, market entry services, business development, and R&D collaborations.”
“The collaboration we observe here between business and university illustrates in a very positive way how
two universities, that are engaged with their communities, can generate a bi-national relationship both in
and out of the classroom,” articulated Arturo Torres, associate vice president for business development
and continuing education at the Tecnológico de Monterrey System.
The relationship between ASU and the Tecnológico de Monterrey began in 2003 prompted by the signing
of the first memorandum of understanding to establish a Community Learning Center (CLC: at ASU. At that time, President of the Tecnológico de Monterrey system, Dr. Rafael
Rangel, accepted an invitation from ASU President Michael Crow to attend the Mexican President Vicente
Fox’s historical visit to Phoenix. Tecnológico de Monterrey, often referred to as “the MIT of Mexico,” is the
main and largest private institution in Mexico and a system comprised of 33 campuses and a Virtual
ASU and Tecnológico de Monterrey are breaking new ground with an unprecedented collaboration across
borders designed to pave the way for innovative global partnerships among institutions of higher learning.
Through this partnership, both institutions are developing thoughtful strategies for enhancing
understanding, expanding global impact and augmenting their role in the international dialogue of critical
On October 11, 2006, both Presidents signed an institutional agreement intending to facilitate the
development of strategic bilateral programs. This overarching agreement encompasses all existing
programs and sets the framework for future ASU-Tecnológico de Monterrey interactions. Joint
collaborations will fall under four strategic clusters: entrepreneurship, academic programs, research and
online collaborations.
ASU is aggressively developing relationships with institutions, businesses and entrepreneurs in
Singapore, Ireland, China, Mexico and Germany as part of its strategy to make SkySong a place where
international businesses will locate and interact with Arizona companies and university innovators. The
first phase of SkySong is expected to open in fall 2007.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, is a mixed-use development that will consist of 1.2
million SF of research, office and retail space in addition to residential units on the site. Located at the
intersection of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads—between downtown Scottsdale and the ASU Main
campus in Tempe—SkySong will combine technology, innovation, education and business in a
collaborative environment that integrates state-of-the-art digital infrastructure into flexible office and
research space. Organized around a grand boulevard lined by retail, restaurants and cultural institutions,
SkySong will serve the needs of residents, businesses, research and technology industry and academia
while building vital networks between university innovations, regional progress and the global technology
industry. For more information, visit
Founded in 1943 by a group of Mexican businessmen, Tecnológico de Monterrey is an academic
institution which offers middle school, higher education and graduate programs. Also known as Monterrey
Tech, it offers extended education and training programs. At the present time, Monterrey Tech has 33
campuses in Mexico. Through its educational system, the Institute offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 53
master’s programs, and 10 doctoral programs, serving a total of 95,777 students. Monterrey Tech has
agreements with 723 universities to conduct research, training, and exchange activities. In addition to its
traditional classroom programs, Monterrey Tech has a Virtual University which delivers on-line and
satellite programs through the 33 campuses in Mexico and 8 reception sites in Latin America. For more
information, visit

Exploring Your Passion – Putting It To Work – SPECIAL EVENT WORKSHOP by quotes


MON, MAR 26, 8 AM – 2:30 PM

Exploring Your Passion – Putting It To Work

Have you ever awakened in the morning feeling stuck in your job search or in your current position and frustrated that you had no other career options that inspired or motivated you to take action?

The purpose of this one-day workshop is to assist people who may be stuck in their job search or in their current jobs. Often individuals limit themselves to what they “have always done” because it was the career that defined them for many years. They tend to lose sight of the many skills and strengths that they have developed through their life experience.

For those of you who have suspected that you were falling short of your passion or “calling,” this workshop may be of help to you! The program is designed to highlight tools to assist individuals determine where they might be stuck and to begin to identify their strengths, talents and preferences.

Facilitator:  Maria Wojtczak has 20+ years of organization development (OD) experience and worked with a wide range of organizations. She brings extensive experience in the field of adult learning concepts, and in the design and facilitation of adult learning experiences. In her OD practice, Maria coached senior leadership and consulted with senior executives, high-level education personnel, as well as middle management. Maria’s focus, in her consulting practice and in her business, is organizational effectiveness and the development of individuals. Maria is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a member of SJN’s Board.

Pre-registration date extended to March 19:  Seating is limited to 25 participants. Register by sending email confirming your attendance to Chris Payne,  Send $20 check (for materials) payable to Scottsdale Job Network at the following address:

Scottsdale Job Network
P.O. Box 25674
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Workshop location:
Catholic Community of the Blessed Sacrament Church
11300 N. 64th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Lunch:  Bring a sack lunch. 

Scottsdale Jobs – Employment Opportunities by quotes

Scottsdale Jobs – Employment Opportunities


*Legal Secretary

City Auditor

Deputy City Auditor

Community Services

Assistant Pool Manager (PT)

Human Services Representative (PT)

Irrigation Technician

Library Assistant Supervisor

Library Page (PT) – All City Libraries

Lifeguard / Instructor (PT)

Recreation Leader I (PT)

Recreation Leader II (PT)

Recreation Leader III – Leisure Ed & Fac Booking

Recreation Specialist (PT, Temp & Seasonal)

Senior Grants Program Specialist

Service Support Worker

Technology Specialist

Court Services

Security Screener

Financial Services

Buyer Aide

Customer Service Specialist

Payroll Specialist

Tax Auditor / Audit Associate

Water Audit Technician


Fire Equipment Coordinator

Human Resources

Sr. Human Resources Analyst

Information Systems

Information Systems Support Specialist

Systems Integrator – Fire

Municipal Services

Maintenance Technician II

Sr. Customer Support Representative

Police Department

Police Communications Dispatcher

Police Detention Officer

Police Officer Trainee

Police Records Clerk I

Police Security Guard

Public Works

City Engineer

Maintenance Worker I

Senior Equipment Parts Specialist

Solid Waste Laborer (PT)


Transportation Planner / Transportation Planner

Traffic Engineer Analyst / Traffic Engineer / Sr. Traffic Engineer

Water Resources

*Administrative Secretary

Chemist I

Maintenance Worker I

Sr. Water Services Worker

Water Services Worker

Internship Program

Internship Program (Citywide Opportunity)

Promotional Opportunities

*Water Quality Sampler – City Employees only

Scottsdale Job Network by quotes

Scottsdale Job Network:  

If you are looking for a great Job Network, join Scottsdale Job Network for their next meeting, Tuesday, March 20.  Resumes will be reviewed frm 9 to 9:30 am and Katie Pushor, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will present New Tricks in Networking at 9:30.  The meeting will be held at

4645 East Marilyn Road, Phoenix
For more information, go to Scottsdale Job Network


CYCLE THE ARTS RIDES THROUGH DOWNTOWN SCOTTSDALE, MAY 6. Cycle the Arts is a family friendly event along an 8-mile course that gives residents an up-close and personal look at Scottsdale public art by bicycle. Join us on Sunday, May 6 from 8 to 10 a.m. to learn fun and interesting information about Scottsdale public art. Bicycle helmets are required to participate on the ride. The first 75 kids will receive a free bicycle helmet. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Eldorado Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Rd. The event is free, however, riders are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Vista del Camino Food Bank. The ride will include Downtown Scottsdale, the Civic Center Mall and the Indian Bend Wash. After the ride, there will be fun activities for kids of all ages that combines bicycles and art. For details, call (480) 312-7630.


CITIZENS’ DISABILITY FORUM TO BE HELD MARCH 27. Interested parties are invited to attend one of two Disability Forums being held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on March 27 in the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The forums will provide an introduction to the city’s ADA Coordinator, Denise Labrecque and are designed to solicit input on ways to improve accessibility to public buildings, streets, or parks, recreation opportunities, employment, city programs and events, transportation, or other accessibility topics. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Denise by calling (480) 312-2246 or by e-mail at dlabrecque (at)


SIGN CODE CHANGES SLATED FOR MARCH 20 CITY COUNCIL MEETING. The proposed changes include options to further limit and in some cases prohibit the location of temporary signs which include political signs.

On February 28, the Scottsdale Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of 12-TA-2006, which would prohibit temporary signs in the public right-of-way. As part of their recommendation, they made the decision to also prohibit off-site directional signs (primarily used by developers to direct customers to new subdivisions) in the public right-of-way. On March 20th, the City Council will have the option to approve 12-TA-2006 as originally drafted (excluding off-site directional signs); or as the Planning Commission recommended. In addition, the City Council will consider 13-TA-2006 (regulations related to placement of temporary signs on public property). The Planning Commission recommended denial of this amendment.

Project fact sheets (for 12-TA and 13-TA) are available on-line at:

Interested parties are also invited to provide input via an electronic mailbox at: signs (at)