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Entrepreneurship and Innovation at ASU

As a New American University, Arizona State University is guided by eight design aspirations that influence its growth and transformation. Among these guiding principles is a deep commitment to valuing entrepreneurship in all forms.

ASU is known for its unique and effective approach to growing an entrepreneurial enterprise within a public university system. Here entrepreneurship is not confined to a single college or school, nor is it housed in one center or institute. Valuing entrepreneurship means that it is more than just a class or a program; it is a mindset that is woven into the fabric of the university, permeating every activity. ASU students, faculty and staff in every discipline and at every level work to identify local and global needs, articulate how to meet them and implement entrepreneurial solutions.

Since President Michael Crow began creating the New American University more than ten years ago, entrepreneurship and innovation have been at the forefront of the transformation of ASU, from expanding entrepreneurial thought and education across all colleges and programs of study to creating student-led Changemaker Central locations that drive impactful social innovation.

As ASU grows and strengthens its entrepreneurial focus, its entrepreneurship classes, programs and initiatives continue to evolve and expand. One thing that remains constant, however, is the university’s unwavering commitment to valuing entrepreneurship. 
ASU has supported 300+ student, faculty, alumni and external startups over the past 10 years through accelerator programs such as the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator and the ASU Startup Accelerator.