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Mission & Vision
Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University
ASU students of all majors use entrepreneurship as a means to solve local and global challenges. ASU faculty and students identify local and global needs, articulate how to meet them and move forward with implementing entrepreneurial solutions, regardless of whether they are pursuing, for instance, business, social work, or the arts.
ASU integrates entrepreneurship into the fabric of the university and makes entrepreneurship resources accessible. For this reason, entrepreneurship is not concentrated in the field of business, nor do we have a single entrepreneurship institute or school. Instead, entrepreneurship opportunities are offered in- and outside of the classroom and in a wide variety of departments and schools. ASU developed a distributed model for entrepreneurship and has over a dozen "mini-centers" that are housed in disciplines across the university, allowing us to create an entrepreneurial culture. (View a map of entrepreneurship programs and opportunities.)
ASU, a Kauffman Campus
Due largely to our unique approach, in 2007, ASU was named a Kauffman Campus by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. As a Kauffman Campus, ASU received a $5 million grant to change the way that entrepreneurship is viewed, taught, and experienced in higher education. The Kauffman investment is being utilized to create, scale, and sustain entrepreneurship opportunities across our campuses.
ASU, an Ashoka Changemaker Campus
Social entrepreneurship is a core component of many of the entrepreneurship programs at the university. To enhance our social entrepreneurship efforts, in 2010, ASU formed a partnership with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a leading social entrepreneurship organization. ASU joins a consortium of 9 other universities committed to social entrepreneurship as part of the Ashoka Changemaker Campus network. The three-year partnership with Ashoka U sets a new standard for social entrepreneurship education and provides faculty, staff and students with resources to create positive social change.
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