Arizona International Soft Landing Experience

AISLE: Your Expert-Guided Pathway to U.S. Expansion

Arizona International Soft Landing Experience (AISLE) is a program dedicated to helping international firms accelerate their U.S. growth plans by providing a low-risk, expert-guided, soft landing experience in the Southwestern U.S. region of Greater Phoenix. The program was co-founded and is co-led by Arizona State University (ASU), one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the country and home to nearly 80,000 students in Greater Phoenix, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), a globally recognized economic development organization representing Arizona’s largest market.


ASU GPEC Arizona International Soft Landing Experience (AISLE)

Program Benefits

Access to Premier Office Space

Participants receive three months of complimentary access to Class A office space at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, acclaimed as one of the premier mixed-use innovation hubs in the United States. Conveniently located just three miles from ASU’s research-focused Tempe campus and a short 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the space accommodates up to two occupants and includes complimentary use of conference rooms, free WiFi, a dedicated telephone number with voicemail, mail handling services and various other amenities.

Exclusive Events & Networking

Access is also provided to a specialized lineup of educational and networking events, both in-person and hybrid, expertly curated by GPEC. These gatherings bring together regional business leaders, offering unparalleled opportunities to forge new connections and gain insights into the local business environment.


Dedicated Staff Liaison

Throughout tenure in AISLE, businesses will have a dedicated ASU and GPEC staff member who can advise, answer questions and facilitate connections in support of business goals.


Connectivity to Business Resources

Introductions with the necessary services to initiate and expand operations in the U.S. are provided. Comprehensive support through ASU and GPEC’s vast partnership networks spans industry leaders, universities, workforce resources, state and local regulatory authorities, job-training programs, startup resources, and experts across various fields such as legal, accounting, finance, banking, insurance, marketing, public relations, business development, patents and visa services.


Regional Labor Market Data

In Greater Phoenix, you’ll find access to top-tier talent. GPEC can furnish up-to-date wage rates, insights into labor force composition and skill levels by occupation and industry, analyze data on labor force availability, plus facilitate connections with local employers to provide HR insights.


Operational Cost Comparison & Modeling

Participants can utilize GPEC’s internal team of research and analytics specialists to develop tailored analyses according to your company’s requirements and growth strategies. This may encompass customized assessments such as annual comparisons of operational costs across key markets, and projections regarding transportation, real estate, tax incentives or labor costs.


Press Announcement & Marketing

Upon being accepted into AISLE, ASU and GPEC will partner with your team to develop and release a joint press statement unveiling your company’s involvement in the program and its expansion into Greater Phoenix. GPEC will manage media engagement and arrange pertinent interviews on your behalf. Moreover, ASU and GPEC will amplify the announcement to an audience of approximately 48,000 through social media channels. Further promotional possibilities, including photo sessions or video interviews, may also be offered to you throughout the program.


Program Eligibility Requirements

To participate in AISLE, applicants must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

The applicant is a foreign company scaling up, or an established tech company seeking to expand its product or service into the U.S.


The applicant has proven revenue and/or is venture-capital backed.

The applicant has concrete U.S. expansion plans to be executed over the next three to nine months.

The applicant has sufficient resources to cover their expenses during the period of the program (i.e., lodging, travel and other business development expenses).

The applicant can commit at least one staff member to be physically present in Greater Phoenix and meet U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requirements for business travel.

The applicant has at least substantially completed Phase One of the checklist, found here.

The applicant must be able to qualify for and obtain commercial general liability insurance to cover the office space they will utilize within Skysong. (See sample) Assistance in acquiring the appropriate insurance plan can be provided by the staff liaison facilitating this program.

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For more information, download the full document or contact our Senior Director of International Business Development, Casey Gilchrist, with any questions.

Current & Past Companies

Advanced Manufacturing

E-commerce, Logistics & Distribution

Software & IT

Advanced Manufacturing

Business Services

Software & IT

Software & IT

Software & IT

Finance & Insurance

Software & IT
United Kingdom

Software & IT

Aerospace & Defense
United Kingdom

“We set up in ASU’s soft-landing facilities at SkySong and were able to access the full range of services offered by AISLE. It has proved to be the ideal springboard for us to communicate with children’s services in Greater Phoenix and beyond. We have established amazing contacts with care agencies, and we will be pushing ahead in 2021 and beyond to recruit local employees in Arizona to continue to build on the great start given to us by GPEC and ASU.”

Jim Moores, Managing Director
Social Care Network – United Kingdom

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and the University assumes fundamental responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities it serves. For more information, please visit

SkySong, one of the Innovation Zones at ASU, is home to a diverse business community that links technology, research, education and entrepreneurship to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders in the knowledge economy.

About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council, globally recognized as a top economic development organization (EDO), works to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix. A data-driven regional EDO, GPEC works with 22 member communities, Maricopa and Pinal counties, and more than 200 private investors to accomplish its mission and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate to Greater Phoenix. Over the past 34 years, GPEC has fueled the regional economy by helping over 980 companies, creating nearly 182,000 jobs and more than $65 billion in capital investment. Greater Phoenix is in a relentless pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial companies can thrive and scale in the dynamic region.