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Small Business + Startups

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 Startup Accelerator

The ASU Startup Accelerator, led by ASU E+I, assists local entrepreneurs with launching their startups and commercializing technology. It is an immersive, 12-month accelerator that includes access to office space, discounted business services, potential mentors and ASU Startup School, an educational program designed to accelerate businesses' success.

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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, 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.

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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.


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 


ASU E+I’s Prepped is a six-week program designed for early stage and emerging mobile food businesses such as food trucks, caterers, food carts, farmers market products, baked goods, beverage services and other non-brick-and-mortar food businesses. Businesses do not need to be in revenue to apply, but do need to be beyond the idea stage.
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The ASU SparXX initiative is a series of programs and activities at Arizona State University that support women in starting and growing new businesses. SparXX programs and activities are designed for women who are just beginning to explore entrepreneurship and business ownership, as well as women who have been business owners for years and are seeking support to take their companies to the next level.



ASU Kauffman Inclusion Challenge

Success in Entrepreneurship + 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.

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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.


Phoenix Resource Navigator

The Phoenix Resource Navigator is an interactive online search platform designed to help Phoenix-area entrepreneurs find the right help with their most pressing business challenges.


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.


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.

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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 any Maricopa Community College is eligible to apply.

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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.