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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.


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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 On-boarding 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.  



Community Innovation Summit

4:00pm - 8:00pm  |  Friday, 2/21/2020 

8:00am - 8:00pm  |  Saturday, 2/22/2020 

Pendergast Learning Center

3841 N. 91st Ave. Phoenix AZ 85037

This action packed two-day event brings together the best creative minds in the West Valley to build real-life solutions to challenges facing our community. This exciting event welcomes community college students of all majors, backgrounds, and experience to build community and practice business entrepreneurial skills needed in today's workforce. Help make the West Valley into a vibrant, innovative community you are proud to call home!

Join ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College as they team up to give emerging innovators an opportunity they will never forget! The event starts with a presentation of real challenges faced in our community and participants can also bring problems they want to solve. Diverse work teams create real-life solutions and pitch their innovative ideas at the end of Saturday. Local mentors will be available to give feedback and ideas. A panel of community leaders will select one team to win fantastic prizes. All West Valley community college students welcome! Whether you are a student wanting to make an impact in their community or be a business owner, we look forward to seeing you at the Community Innovation Summit.


West Valley Innovation Spring Summit 2020

1:00pm - 4:00pm  |  Wednesday, 2/26/2020

AZ Techcelerator

12425 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85378

The Valley investor community is growing, we need real ventures that are investor ready. The West Valley Innovation Alliance aligns technology resource stars, companies and investors in the ideal environment for economic growth and job creation synergy to happen.

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Peoria Founders Guild

8:00am - 12:00pm  |  Saturday, 3/28/2020

Office Evolution PeoriaTraining Room

14050 N 83rd Ave Suite 290, Peoria, AZ 85381


It's not traditional networking. At the AZ Founders Guild, we believe that no matter how experienced you are, you always have something to learn from someone. And no matter how inexperienced you are, you always have something to teach someone. It's deep relationship building through 30-minute 1-on-1 mentoring sessions.

The event starts with a brief introduction from all founders. From there, every 30-minutes you will mentor someone or someone will mentor you. There will also be a mastermind round-table to address a very specific topic that faces all founders. This event's topic will be "How to survive when you are scaling too quickly". Previous meetings were a huge success. One member said: “Pure hype-free value. Very refreshing compared to events in Silicon Valley.” Another said: "AZ Founder's Guild is a great mix of talent, energy, enthusiasm in a very comfortable format and atmosphere." The event is open to founders, co-founders, and those who expect to be founders in the next 3-6 months. Experience the Guild for yourself at any of our chapters and see why one member says " it is truly the most valuable event i have been to and i can attend without the fear of having my time wasted by a sales presentation." Leave the event inspired and armed with actionable knowledge to grow your business.

8:00 – 8:15 am: Open networking
8:15 – 8:30 am: Introductions and reservations
8:30 – 11:30 am: six 30-minute mentoring sessions
11:00-11:30 am: Mastermind Round table

(No recruiters. No vendors. No selling.)

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Starting a Business: Introductory Skills

5:30pm - 7:00pm  |  Tuesday, 3/24/2020

Sunrise Mountain Library

21109 N. 98th Ave. , Peoria, AZ, 85382


1 Million Cups Phoenix - West Valley

9:00am - 10:00am  |  Every Wednesday

Office Evolution Peoria

14050 N 83rd Ave Suite 290, Peoria, AZ 85381

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. 

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More events coming soon!

Email  Kristin.Slice@asu.edu  to receive more information and updates on #PeoriaForward