ASU Startup Accelerator
The ASU Startup Accelerator (ASA) is designed to assist community-based entrepreneurs with launching their ventures and commercializing technologies. The ASU Startup Accelerator is led by ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation, in partnership with Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE).
Arizona community-based startups, as well as management teams seeking to relocate to Arizona, are great candidates for ASA. ASU alumni are strongly encouraged to apply, but ASU alumni status is not required. All applicants are encouraged to identify how working with the university can add value to their businesses. Regardless of university-affiliation, applicant ventures should have:
- an established management team
- a well-developed web presence
- traction with users and payers
- recurring revenue
- a repeatable and scalable business model
- a willingness to experiment, learn, optimize and grow rapidly
Features and Benefits
Ventures that are supported within the ASU Startup Accelerator will receive dedicated mentorship from professional Venture Mentors and be recognized as ASU Venture Devils. ASU Startup Accelerator management teams may also access exclusive ASU Venture Development School courses and work spaces within ASU-affiliated facilities. Select ASA enterprises may also be strategically connected with capital partners and be showcased during demo days and other ASU startup events.
Dedicated ASU Venture Mentorship
Price: $500 per term (15 weeks, starting 6 times per year)*
ASU Venture Devils
ASU Venture Development School
Price: $500 per course (7.5 weeks, starting 4 times per year)**
ASU Venture Development Spaces
Price: Starting at $200 per month**
ASU Investor Connections and Demo Days
Price: Complimentary, pending pre-qualification
*Required for admission into the ASU Startup Accelerator.
**Optional for admitted ASU Startup Accelerator ventures.
How it Works
Applicant ventures may apply for admission into the ASU Startup Accelerator at any time. Applications will be considered approximately six times per year. New ASA venture cohorts will be on-boarded approximately every seven weeks throughout the ASU fall, spring and summer academic sessions, coinciding with each session’s A and B start dates (see https://students.asu.edu/academic-calendar).
Once admitted, ASA ventures will be required to pay $500 per term, which are rolling 15 week periods that begin six times per year. This fee is required to offset university costs associated with professional venture mentorship and development services. ASA ventures may remain in the accelerator for as many terms as deemed necessary by the management team and their assigned Venture Mentor(s).