ASU’s Area 48 offers free instruction, networking


It is noon on Monday and Gordon McConnell is getting ready to teach his first class: “Rapid Startup School: Introduction to Entrepreneurship Start Up Thinking.”

Gone is the typical formal classroom setting. In its place is a restaurant-turned-workspace on Mill Avenue — just close enough to Arizona State University to have access to its resources but just far enough away that it can be embedded within the community.

“We chose this abandoned restaurant for a reason — we wanted to make it accessible to the community,” said McConnell, assistant vice president for innovation and entrepreneurship at ASU, to the class.

Written By Saba Hamedy

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