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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 an innovator or business leader in Peoria? Help us move Peoria Forward:

  • Serve on the committee for 1 Million Cups.
  • Share your entrepreneurial journey at upcoming community events.
  • Help us identify innovators, ecosystem assets and resources that might be flying below the radar.

Email Program Manager: Kristin.Slice@asu.edu  


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 


Meet + Greet: Peoria Forward
Date: November 6, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Office Evolution Peoria 14050 North 83rd Avenue #Suite 290 Peoria, AZ 85381

Join ASU E+I AVP Ji Mi Choi and the E+I team to hear about the Peoria Forward program and the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Peoria.


Prepped: Turning Food Into Income
Date: November 10, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Peoria Main Library: 8463 W Monroe St, Peoria, AZ 85345

From selling your mom’s tamales to opening your 3rd location, a love of food has been the starting point for a variety of entrepreneurial journeys. Join this panel discussion with food entrepreneurs in a variety of stages of business including Peoria foodie royalty and recent graduates of the ASU Prepped Program. We will share their entrepreneurial journey!


Innovation + Technology in Small Biz
Date: November 15, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Peoria Chamber of Commerce 8385 W. Mariners Way Ste 3 Peoria, AZ 85382

Small Biz Tech That Boosts the Bottom Line: A Panel Discussion on Tech Innovations for Marketing, Finance and Customer Service.


Beta1 Million Cups Phoenix West Valley

Date: November 28, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Location: Peoria MET 11200 North 83rd Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345 in the Old Main Building.

Join a group of community leaders as we do a beta test of a Phoenix West Valley 1 Million Cups community with a presentation from Motion Warriors. Come learn more about 1 Million Cups and how to get involved. 


Innovation Night at Peoria MET

Date: December 4, 2018 - 5:30p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Peoria MET 11200 North 83rd Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345 in the Old Main Building.
Learn about the latest innovations in Peoria Forward. Hear from guest speaker Heidi Jannega, President and Co-Founder of WebPT, and see the innovations coming out of the heart of Peoria with the MET Engineering & Technology


Entrepreneurial Resources: Peoria Forward
Date: December 11, 2018 -10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Office Evolution Peoria 

As part of Peoria Forward, the ASU E+I team has been working to gather a comprehensive list of entrepreneurial resources in the West Valley. Attend this event to learn about all of the resources in the West Valley that we have found and help us identify any resources we may have missed

West Valley Innovation Summit

Date: January 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: West-MEC

The West Valley Innovation Alliance aligns technology, resources, startup companies and investors in the ideal environment for economic growth and job creation synergy to happen.