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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 entrepreneur? Small business owner? Maker? Visionary? Tycoon? Shark Tank addict? A person with an idea? Do you aspire to change your community or world? Do you have a product, idea, business or technology innovation you want to grow? ...In PEORIA, AZ? 

We want to hear from you. Please take the Peoria Forward Ecosystem Assessment Survey



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 


1 Million Cups Phoenix West Valley

Date: Every Wednesday, starting Jan. 9, 2019 - 9 to 10:00 a.m.

Location: Peoria Chamber of Commerce, 8385 W Mariners Way #3, Peoria, AZ 85382

West Valley Innovation Summit

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 - 1 to 5:00 p.m.

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.


Entrepreneurship + Innovation at Every Stage of Life

Date: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

All community members are invited to join ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation and the ASU Alumni Network as we host a one of a kind event. Hear from Sun Devils in your community who have found entrepreneurship at every stage of life and in unlikely ways. Entrepreneurship has opened unexpected doors for Sun Devils around the world. Whether it is starting your own venture as a second act career, contributing your business expertise as a mentor or creating a side hustle to support your family, come explore the possibilities.


Finding Solutions: How to Turn Your Idea Into Your First Business

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 North 98th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

All great entrepreneurs have one thing in common; they solve problems. Connect with other budding entrepreneurs as we discuss how to evolve an idea into a business.


Don't Risk it All: Understand and Manage Business Risk for Success

Date: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe St., Peoria, AZ 85345 

Starting and running a business is a complicated process. The long days can leave you frazzled, and there simply aren't enough hours to attend to every detail. Deciding to put off tasks until later, or perhaps never, can bring problems down the road. But part of being an entrepreneur means looking at risks and deciding to take the plunge anyway. And while those risks will never go away entirely, you can take steps to minimize them. Join us for an overview of common risks and how to address them for your business. Presented by Mary Juetten.


Emprende Pyme - Starting a Small Business

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Peoria Main Library, 8463 West Monroe Street, Peoria, AZ 85345


Leveraging Your MLM Skills for Your Next Venture

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10 to 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 North 98th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

Multilevel marketing businesses are a great place to stretch your entrepreneurial skills. How do you use your MLM skills to develop a project with a bigger impact? If you want to create an impact in your community or build a bigger business to impact the future of your family, join us for this interactive forum and explore your journey as a next level innovator.


Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partner Roundtable: Identifying Community Needs

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10 to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Peoria Main Library, 8463 W Monroe St., Peoria, AZ 85345

Community resources come together to discuss the needs of Peoria entrepreneurs and how they can better collaborate to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Youth ChangeMaker Summit

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 5:00 p.m till Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. 

Location: Peoria MET Academy, 11200 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345

Youth ChangeMaker Summit is a 3-day immersion in how to change the world through venture creation for high school students. During the weekend, you will imagine, plan and prepare a business venture to pitch for Peoria business owners while working with mentors from Valley businesses and your peers to develop your awesome idea.


Funding Your Venture

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Peoria Chamber of Commerce Training Room in Suite 3 - 8385 W Mariners Way Ste 3 Peoria, AZ 85382

Founders, business owners, and entrepreneurs need funding to grow. Come to this workshop to connect with two fantastic resources for Peoria business owners and entrepreneurs, the Maricopa SBDC and ASU E+I Peoria Forward. Learn what you need to know about funding options and the resources available to help fund your growth.

Speaker(s): Michael Cohen, Business Analyst, SBDC | Kristin Slice, Sr. Program Manager Peoria Forward, ASU E+I


Planning for Success – The Pre-Coding Phase of a Software Development Project

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m 

Location: Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 North 98th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

If you have an idea for an app or software, the first step is careful planning. There is a process for software development planning. The process is straightforward and easy to learn, and critical to success. Join Vincent Serpico for an engaging 90-minute workshop where we’ll explain and detail the pre-coding phase necessary for successful software development. You’ll have a chance to roll-up your sleeves and start getting the idea in your head into a solid plan.