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Peoria Forward

Peoria Forward is a high-impact partnership between ASU E+I and the City of Peoria to grow and scale the entrepreneurial ecosystem to transform the future of Peoria through entrepreneurship. Peoria Forward provides the tools, innovations and support to leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators to build a thriving, self-sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystem in the West Valley.
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Each month, three out of every 1,000 people in the United States will start a business. These three entrepreneurs take on a tremendous task and assume a great deal of risk. But the remaining 997 people constitute a community that plays a substantial role in the entrepreneurs’ success, as well. In fact, we depend on these 997 individuals – those who are not entrepreneurs – to support entrepreneurs. You and your communities make ecosystems work.” 

- Kauffman Ecosystem Playbook.

Most Recent Updates

April 30, 2020: Innovating and Connecting to move Peoria Forward

April 3, 2020: Funding Resources for You 

March 26, 2020: Help Peoria Resturants   

March 18, 2020: Peoria Forward Pivots During COVID-19

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Some of our Catalyst Actions take as little as 15 minutes to complete. The first step to getting involved is to take action.

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Get Involved

Peoria Forward has three types of events all designed to build connection between the — people, ideas and resources — elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

New to entrepreneurship or just interested in exploring innovation? Welcome aboard the West Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem. Attend one of our upcoming free onboarding series sessions in your local library.


Catalyst Pilots

Peoria coming together to create real-world solutions and new resources for the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. Catalyst Pilots are working sessions where a diverse group of community voices come together to see if they can create an actual program or pilot to test and iterate. Come with an open mind, ready to work!

Fresh Innovators Series

Designed for people exploring all corners of entrepreneurship and how to get involved in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem in Peoria. From a love of innovation to improving your community, this series looks at a diversity of early stage topics and experiences.

Skill Building Series

If you are already building an idea but want to connect with the latest in tools, trends and information attend these events, in partnership with local organizations across the West Valley.  


RESCHEDULED An Introduction to Peoria Small Business and Entrepreneurship Part 4

12:00pm - 1:30pm  |  Thursday, 5/14/2020 NEW DATE TBD


Hear more about the future of entrepreneurship and Peoria as we answer your questions! 


MOVED TO ONLINE 1 Million Cups Phoenix - West Valley

9:00am - 10:00am  |  Every Wednesday

1 Million Cups is open to everyone and invites those from every stage of their entrepreneurial journey to participate. It is a community of innovators that welcomes students, business leaders, founders and more. Hear from founders, connect with resources or explore what is happening in the West Valley. The West Valley chapter of 1 Million Cups hopes to capture the diversity of our community and serve as a welcome mat for everyone interested in entrepreneurship in the West Valley. No registration or membership is required. We will be holding all upcoming meetings virtually using Zoom. Here are resources if you are unfamiliar with Zoom.


More events coming soon

Email  Peoria.Forward@asu.edu  to receive more information and updates on #PeoriaForward