Kimball Office; NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers Co-Develop Breakthrough Innovation Lab

Jasper (Local Sources) – Jasper’s Kimball Office, in partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers, have announced plans for the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball. The Lab (see artist rendering) will be housed inside of a state-of-the-art training complex, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, according to Kimball officials.

Kimball-Office-Sixers“The only way we can keep pace with accelerating change and drive innovation is to be very strategic with our partnerships and focus on creating synergy that’s difficult to duplicate,” stated Mike Wagner, President of Kimball Office. The Sixers and Kimball Office have amassed an impressive group of partners to help guide the entrepreneurs who will occupy the Lab, including leadership from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Techstars, Nextstage Capital and Dreamit Ventures. Wagner also stated, “Besides our association with these world class partners, and being a founding member of the Lab, we plan to use this space as a sandbox to gather data and gain insight into (what we believe is) the ultimate workplace environment. This will be our proving ground to help build out a smart eco-system that truly optimizes effectiveness in today’s high energy workplace.”

The leadership of the 76ers are well known for their willingness to think differently, challenge norms and disrupt for success,” stated Wendy Murray, Director of Marketing for Kimball Office.  “We share these same values, and we’re proud to be part of the first-of-its-kind, breakthrough B2B partnership in the sports entertainment industry.”

Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said, “Included in this effort, we have some of the world’s most brilliant, innovative, and sought-after minds in the media, sports, technology, finance, and consumer world.  Now we can truly say that we are building an organization that will be best-in-class in both basketball operations and business, as we shift the paradigm of what sports innovation, partnerships, and community engagement can be.”

Kimball officials say the Innovation Lab will be the ultimate representation for the “workplace of the future.”  The smart interiors will seamlessly connect people with space, enabling more effectiveness of the people who occupy the space, including the advisors who will provide consulting and mentoring to the entrepreneurs who are selected for the program.

Murray finished by saying, “Our effort toward creating systemic innovation is really starting to pay dividends, so stay tuned, as we have another exciting announcement scheduled within the month.”

Applications to participate in the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball will be accepted between April 15 and September 30, 2016. For more information on the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball or to apply, visit http://www.sixersinnovationlab.com/.

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