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Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative

If you’re a student with a big idea, the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is your chance to turn your idea into a successful venture. ASU provides Edson teams with all the tools they need to start, advance, and grow a venture. Teams chosen to participate in Edson are awarded office space, mentoring, seed funding and an educational program that includes ASU Startup School, a proven framework for venture acceleration.

A history of startup success

Entering its tenth year, Edson is a highly responsive, individualized, and student centered entrepreneurship program that delivers economic, social, and educational impact in real-time.

The Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative has supported over 260 student teams and over 1,000 students in the past 10 years.

In the past three years, Edson teams have raised more than 2 million dollars, filed over 30 patents and hired more than 150 employees.

Edson design principles

  1. Generate Awareness

    ​Edson is promoted through extensive on-campus outreach and academic partnerships. 

  2. Create Access

    Edson applications will be evaluated on a 12 month rolling basis to match the pace of student innovation.

  3. Advance Ideas 

    Edson applications will be evaluated for viability, scalability, and compliance with university standards. 

  4. Engage Multiple Perspectives 

    Edson Advisory Board (EAB) members from across industries and sectors will evaluate and support ventures.

  1. Promote Professionalism

    Edson applicants will be current students and in good academic and professional standing.

  2. Invest in the Future 

    Edson will offer up to $20k in seed funding and up to 12 months of acceleration and support services.   

  3. Commit to Progress 

    Edson awardees will sign a term sheet that outlines program benefits, benchmarks, and expectations. 

  4. Impact the World 

    Edson graduates will be supported in securing opportunities for advancing and scaling their venture. 

How to apply

ASU entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply to the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative throughout the calendar year by completing the following:

  1. Develop a Business Model Canvas (BMC). Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. You can create a BMC using this template and share it or use one you have created previously.
  2. Submit a 2-minute video pitch that tells your story and demonstrates your team’s experience, progress, ability to scale, and the viability of your idea. 
  3. Email your BMC and a link to your video to the associate dean of student entrepreneurship, Garret.Westlake@asu.edu


Meet Edson Teams