A diverse group of ASU entrepreneurs gather around a table discussing ideas.

J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute

Connecting you with the information, resources and people that can help turn your ideas into reality.

The fundamentals of entrepreneurship

Do you have a good idea but aren’t sure how to get it off the ground? Are you unsure if the word “entrepreneur” applies to you? Start here! Learn what entrepreneurship is all about through our “Learn the basics” module or explore our other learning resources below.

Launch an idea

Ready, set, go! We can point you in the right direction to get started.

Manage challenges

Discover resources to help you navigate bumps in the entrepreneurial road.

Build your community

Learn about the many ways you can connect with like-minded innovators.

Get started with finances

Learn how to fund your venture, from seeding an early idea to growing an existing business.

Recent updates

Read our blog to plug in and learn more about what the Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute is doing today to support entrepreneurs.

Celebrating Diversity in Entrepreneurship: Beyond the Buzzword

June is a month rich with opportunities for reflection and celebration. It is not only Pride Month but also the time when we observe Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating a pivotal

How Chambers of Commerce Can Support Your LGBTQ-Owned Business

In the Valley, diversity is not just a buzzword. It is a dynamic reality that enriches our communities in so many ways. From cultural festivals to business districts bustling with

Cultivating Entrepreneurial Skills Through Music in K-12 Classrooms

When students collaborate to create a piece of music and perform it for an audience, they are practicing the exact skills of innovation and creativity that we value in entrepreneurship.

Resources

From self-guided lessons to collaboration spaces and mentorship opportunities, the Edson E+I Institute offers resources for anyone to find the entrepreneur in themselves, whether you’re an ASU student or faculty, or a member of the community.

Training and development resources

Articles, videos and self-guided lessons to build your entrepreneurial skillset.

Funding resources

Opportunities for ideation funding, startup funding and venture funding.

Find a space

Collaboration, event and makerspaces across ASU and throughout our local communities.

Find a program

Edson E+I programs include incubator initiatives, pitch competitions, university and community-embedded programs, support and more to support your idea – wherever you are in your journey.

Become a Venture Devil

Venture Devils supports all ASU students, faculty, staff and community-based entrepreneurs with an affiliation to ASU. The program aims to catalyze the entrepreneurial success of founders by connecting them with Venture Mentors who provide regular, ongoing support.

Our impact

  • Edson E+I is one of the first 12 organizations to win the Kauffman Inclusion Challenge in order to increase our work to engage diverse entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds, ensuring that our communities are reaching their full potential
  • ASU #3 on the Kauffman Growth Entrepreneurship Index
  • ASU was named The Entrepreneurial University at the Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education in 2016

$60M+

in grants and gifts and 3 endowed funds

1,000+

students supported through the Venture Devils program and 800+ active Venture Devils teams

100+

entrepreneurs served through Prepped, a mobile food incubator program

130+

technology labs created for youth entrepreneurship programs in middle schools across the U.S.

Our goal is to empower entrepreneurs for life.

Ji Mi Choi Founding Executive Director of Edson E+I