Summer 2017 Program

This summer, OTEF is working with SySTEM Schools to provide organizational support to its founder, Angelica Cruz, an entrepreneur who undertook the very difficult task of starting a STEM middle school for underserved students, mostly Hispanic, in the Phoenix inner city. We have helped Angelica bring in a human resources consultant, and when the board…

This Year’s Summer Program

This summer, we once again partnered with the West Mesa Community Development Corporation to help low income people in downtown Mesa put themselves in business. As usual, we had wonderful cooperation from the participants, who ranged in interests from neighborhood advocacy to online marketing to wildlife management.

Mesa Summer Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Programs

For the past two summers, OTEF has offered five-week programs in entrepreneurship skills to residents of West Mesa, Arizona, a neighborhood impacted by an aging population, changing demographics, and light rail construction. The West Mesa, Arizona neighborhood is now considered a low-income portion of a Phoenix suburb. To offer our programs, we partner with The West…

AZEC12 is October 30!

The work of OTEF is almost entirely funded by the Arizona Entrepreneurship Conferences. The keynote speaker this year is Robert Scoble of Rackspace, renowned tech evangelist, blogger, and champion of entrepreneurs. He will be joined at the conference by Bill Reichert, Managing Partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Local entrepreneurial heavyweights Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment,…

Join us at AZEC11 on November 16th

Last week in a board meeting, I listened as the chairman opened his remarks with the opening quote from Dickens’ classic novel A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” There is no doubt that the last few years have been challenging ones for entrepreneurs at…