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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).

 

Target Ventures

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

ASU Venture Mentors aim to catalyze the entrepreneurial success of founders by providing regular, ongoing support. This dedicated mentorship is paired with an online Venture Devils course, which is designed to challenge, monitor and advance the venture development process.
Price: $500 per term (15 weeks, starting 6 times per year)*
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ASU Venture Devils

Venture Devils is an enterprise-wide startup development cohort that comprises all ASU-affiliated founders who are committed to commercializing an impactful new product or service by launching or growing a for-profit, more-than-profit or nonprofit enterprise.
Price: Complimentary
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ASU Venture Development School

Venture Development School is designed to iteratively advance all ASU student, faculty, and community-based founders. Available courses and certificates include Test, Sell and Scale. Class meeting locations include 1951@SkySong and The Department in Phoenix. Enrolled founders will also receive discounted memberships at TechShop Chandler.
Price: $500 per course (7.5 weeks, starting 4 times per year)**
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ASU Venture Development Spaces

Venture development spaces include innovative co-working and dedicated desk spaces with modern amenities and inspiring vibes. Affiliate locations include ASU SkySong, 1951@SkySong, and The Department in Phoenix.
Price: Starting at $200 per month**
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ASU Investor Connections and Demo Days

ASU Demo Days are bi-annual pitch events at ASU SkySong that are attended by over 200 mentors, investors and startup supporters. Beyond Demo Day events, select ASA founders may also be connected with capital partners, organizations and investors.
Price: Complimentary, pending pre-qualification
*Required for admission into the ASU Startup Accelerator.
**Optional for admitted ASU Startup Accelerator ventures.
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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).