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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 within the City of Peoria, Arizona and to accelerate economic development with the launch and support of high-growth, innovative companies. The partnership includes:

  • Targeted events to learn and engage with fellow innovators and business leaders in Peoria.
  • The integration of an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative thinking into community resources across Peoria, including schools, libraries and existing business resources.
  • Easier access to ASU resources to help launch ventures.
  • The opportunity for new and diverse voices to lead Peoria Forward.


Attend an upcoming event to share your expertise, get feedback on your innovations or just to find out what all this entrepreneurship stuff means!

  • 1 Million Cups
  • Fresh Innovator Series 
  • Partner Small Biz Series
  • Leadership Series


Are you looking for a specific resource or service? Send us a note and we can help you connect with the variety of resources available to entrepreneurs in Peoria. Email Program Manager: Kristin.Slice@asu.edu 


Mentoring Innovators

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Huntington University Peoria 3rd Floor Atrium, 8385 W Mariners Way, Peoria,AZ, 85382

Calling all current and future mentors. Looking to shape tomorrow's innovations and help build the entrepreneur community? We invite you to explore and connect by taking part in our interactive discussion to learn how to utilize your professional skills to assist emerging innovators and entrepreneurs. This event will occur at two Valley locations and must be attended in person either in Peoria or Scottsdale. 


Building Peoria

Thursday, August 29, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Iron Key Studio, 8301 W Washington St., Peoria, AZ, 85345

Join us for a discussion with diverse leaders to talk about the projects and resources we want to create for Peoria entrepreneurs based on the latest research. Peoria needs you. It requires innovative, hardworking, community-minded people to step up and create the future. Now is the chance to make this community yours, to help shape the entrepreneurial future for Peoria. This event is open to everyone who wants to get involved. No membership, no sales, just the people that make Peoria great coming together to make the vision of an entrepreneurial ecosystem a reality.


Building Your Championship Family Team

Thursday, September 5, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Huntington University Peoria 3rd Floor Atrium, 8385 W Mariners Way, Peoria,AZ, 85382

You’ll have a chance to assess your team on the 10 Core Skills every family business team needs to develop to be a championship caliber team.
This event is brought to you by ASU E+I in partnership with the Better Business Bureau. 


1 Million Cups Phoenix - West Valley

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.

Location: Office Evolution Peoria 14050 N 83rd Ave Suite 290, Peoria, AZ 85381

Dates: Every Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

More info: https://www.1millioncups.com/phoenix-westvalley

More events coming soon! Email Kristin.Slice@asu.edu to receive more information and updates on #PeoriaForward.