Sixers and Kimball Drive Innovation
The Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball aims at cultivating entrepreneurial spirit and supporting and energizing business communities in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia by attracting top-tier entrepreneurial talent to the region. The lab will be housed in the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, NJ, and has been recruiting, pursuing and signing start-ups with potential for months.
We’re definitely going to stay in our lane; our lane is just a little wider than others’,” said Scott O’Neil, CEO of the Sixers, Devils and Prudential Center—all owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer. “When we talk about the core values of who we are as an organization, innovation is always at the forefront. We like to do things differently. We get up every day and convince ourselves we have a lot to learn.”
The genesis for the lab began with 8,000-square feet of open office space with an inspiring brainstorm between Philadelphia 76ers executives Chris Heck and Katie O’Reilly and Kimball Office President Mike Wagner. But truly, it began much earlier. Innovation and the pursuit of greatness are woven into the very fabric of both organizations with a mentality to think differently. Innovation is not a switch you flip.
An innovation lab is not a whiteboard in your conference room.
Innovators do not become so because they add the word to their Twitter profile.
“Kimball Office will be implementing a state-of-the-art, smart workplace inside the Innovation Lab. The speed and adaptability of a startup business requires a shift in paradigm of how a smart workspace should serve the needs of the people who occupy the space. The selected companies will have a chance to experience the emerging, smart workplace of the future,” stated Mike Wagner, President of Kimball Office.
To learn more on the Sixers Innovation Lab crafted by Kimball: http://sixersinnovationlab.com/