Home / Community

Community Programming

ASU assumes fundamental responsibility for the socioeconomic, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. It provides services and support to entrepreneurs, small businesses and startup companies throughout the Greater Phoenix region for a thriving regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.

ASU Kauffman Inclusion Challenge

Success in entrepreneurship and innovation is in creating a vibrant and thriving entrepreneurial culture inclusively. As winners of the Kauffman Inclusion Challenge, we are redoubling our efforts, working with entrepreneurship programs across the university and our local community as we strive for inclusivity.

group of people posing for photo

Community Workshop Series

Are you an entrepreneur? Small business owner? Maker? Visionary? Tycoon? Shark Tank addict? Person with an idea? Do you aspire to change your community or world? Do you have a product, idea, business or technology innovation you want to grow? Are you looking to connect with others, gain valuable resources, and learn new skills in an affordable and low-pressure setting? If so, Edson E+I’s free Community Workshop Series may be for you. Community Workshops engage ASU students, faculty, staff and community members in workshops on frequently requested entrepreneurial and business topics.

student listening

Entrepreneurship Outreach Network

The Entrepreneurship Outreach Network is a collaborative network of libraries and economic development organizations that support entrepreneurs and small business owners in their communities across the country. The collaborators in the network provide community members with access to continuing education in entrepreneurship, mentors, service providers, and other community-based resources for current and aspiring small-business owners.


Edson E+I works with the American Indian Policy Institute on Inno-Nations, which supports native business owners and enterprises in building sustainable tribal economies through modernizing traditional trade networks. Inno-Nations does this through leveraging partnerships and bringing together resources from ASU, the tribal community, and other community organizations.

photo provided by Christopher Lomahquahu/Gila River Indian News 

Peoria Forward

Peoria Forward is a high-impact partnership between the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at ASU and the City of Peoria designed to grow and scale the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the City of Peoria and accelerate economic development.

students talking


Poder is a 5-week entrepreneurship program offered at no cost to Maricopa Community College students by Arizona State University, supported by grant funding from the Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Students enrolled at a participating Maricopa Community College are eligible to apply.


The Prepped program is a free, early-stage food business incubator designed for ventures owned by women and underrepresented minorities. It is a community outreach program from the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
RISK Innovation Accelerator

Risk Innovation Accelerator

The Risk Innovation Accelerator aims to accelerate successful entrepreneurship through the ideas and concepts embedded in risk innovation. From the Risk Innovation Lab at ASU, RIA was conceived as a way of augmenting existing approaches to entrepreneurship and innovation to increase success rates and positive impact. The project, supported by the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute, is developing a suite of Risk Innovation tools that can be adapted by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ventures to identify and navigate a wide array of orphan risks that they potentially face throughout the process of becoming established and sustainable.

RISN Incubator

The Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN) Incubator is a collaboration between ASU and the City of Phoenix to help launch a vibrant local circular economy. The incubator assists businesses that are working to reduce waste through reimagining product lifecycles, designing new approaches to divert or sort solid waste, or even seeing waste as a new source of value.


ASU Startup School

Whether you want to start a business, a nonprofit organization or a project, Startup School can help you get there. Through a series of facilitated workshops, entrepreneurs learn and apply tools to increase their chances of success.

Youth Entrepreneurship

ASU partners with organizations such as Cisco, Verizon and the Center for the Future of Arizona to bring entrepreneurship education and hands-on learning activities to high school and community college students.

Cisco Middle School Thumbnail

ASU + Cisco Global Problem Solvers Middle School Program

ASU and Cisco are empowering young people in underserved communities to develop solutions to local and global challenges through the Global Problem Solvers middle school program. The program engages middle school teachers, students and families in a variety of entrepreneurship and digitization skill-building experiences.

Culturally Responsive High School Entrepreneurship

The high school entrepreneurship program creates an ecosystem of support for underserved high school students in Arizona who have innovative ideas for making the world a better place.


Currently a pilot program in partnership with the Center for the Future of Arizona, DemocraSeed trains students on city and tribal youth councils to utilize design thinking to develop innovative programs aimed at increasing civic engagement. Equipped with these tools and knowledge, students will be empowered to create and pilot financially sustainable peer-to-peer civic engagement interventions.

Verizon Innovative Learning 2019-2021

Verizon Innovative Learning and Arizona State University (ASU) invite Title I middle schools to apply for an elective course curriculum. Verizon Innovative Learning aims to empower students to change the world by using emerging technology, design thinking and social innovation to impact their communities. 

students in front of computers

Verizon Innovative Learning Design Thinking Program

The Verizon Innovative Learning Design Thinking Program brings digital tools and hands-on learning opportunities to youth in underserved schools and communities. Through the design thinking program, ASU and the Verizon Foundation train high school educators to teach design thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship and STEM skills by collaborating with community partners to solve real-world challenges through mobile app development.