Startups Find Community at Perimeter83

by Carolyn Vasos

What’s a typical day for a startup at Perimeter83? Companies, which may be in-house tenants or affiliate members with offices of their own, may start with a “tech life coaching” meeting in our boardroom on the University of Advancing Technology campus for an individual strategy session. Maybe it’s a tough business decision the client wants to talk through with Executive Director Russ Yelton or Director Carolyn Vasos. We call it Tech Therapy. Years of business experience enlighten clients to what needs to get done for success, from a review of prototypes to research to pitches, decks, sales pricing, operations, finding contacts to move along a prototype or figure out funding options to sourcing things that we connect with regularly, and more. There might even be homework! There is definitely accountability. 

Startups have the ideas, and P83 helps them execute it. During this process, there’s a cool cross-pollination that always happens between clients. They share ideas, contacts and advice with each another — all part of the ecosystem, making connections that enable them to work smart, not hard. Not just another co-working, P83 is community.

Perimeter83 is the community arm of The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. The fully accredited university, which began in 1983, has now grown into a boutique tech tribe residence for students from around the country and internationally, who reside in our dorms on campus. UAT teaches beyond the conceptual, deep diving into the actual business of hands-on tech learning. Perimeter83 bridges the students and alums to all Arizona technology companies and other related corporations; we offer our students to be interns and alums for hire to the companies who choose. Clients of P83 have the potential of getting co-working, incubation, mentoring, customized corporate training and tech coursework all under one roof, along with the cool tools: 3D printing makers lab, green screen studio, VR/AR, AI, gaming and digital labs. It’s all within our Perimeter — see, that’s the name.

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