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.

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Steve Case Visits Phoenix, Sharing his Rise of the Rest Story while Encouraging Entrepreneurs

In 2014, Steve Case launched the Rise of the Rest, a multi-stop cross-country road trip to meet entrepreneurs where they are all across America. He began a journey to better

AOL Co-founder Steve Case Connects Phoenix Entrepreneurs to a Bigger World

In his new book, The Rise of the Rest, Steve Case describes his vision for starting AOL (American Online). At the time, only 3% of American households were online, but

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 and Vice President of ASU Knowledge Enterprise