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Poder is a 5-week entrepreneurship program offered at no cost to Maricopa Community College students by Arizona State University, supported by grant funding from the Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Students enrolled at a participating Maricopa Community College are eligible to apply.

Over five weeks, students learn to apply entrepreneurship skills to solve community issues, personal success strategies and how to use technology to maximize their positive impact on the world.

Participating in ASU Poder involves attending in-person sessions and completing self-paced virtual modules. We estimate that a student's participation is about 30 hours over the span of the five weeks. 

Poder students with an innovative Internet of Things (IoT) venture or idea are eligible to compete in a Cisco Innovation Challenge for an opportunity to win seed funding of up to $5,000 to launch or grow their project. 

Poder students are also invited to participate in the Social Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways Research Study.

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ASU Poder will take place during 5 weeks starting the week of September 24, 2018 through the week of October 22, 2018

Days and locations are chosen based on the partner college and student availability, with options including mid-day and/or evenings at the following locations:

  • Estrella Mountain Community College 
  • Glendale Community College
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College 
  • South Mountain Community College 
  • Paradise Valley Community College 

Any student enrolled at participating Maricopa Community Colleges is eligible to apply to the Poder program. Students from all majors and fields of study are encouraged to apply. 

There are no GPA requirements and the program is offered at no cost.

Students may be at any stage with existing projects, or may create new projects during ASU Poder. No entrepreneurship experience is required to participate.

The projects can be of any scope and nature. Projects may be related to social services, food and restaurant, retail, medical, civic engagement, environmental, art and performance, education, technology, among others.

For questions and inquiries please contact:
Elizabeth Cantú, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Community Entrepreneurship
(480) 884-1546 or poder@asu.edu

Partners + Sponsors

ASU Poder is supported by grant funding from the Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), and is made possible in partnership with South Mountain Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College and Cisco Systems.

Cisco-SVCF funding at the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute advances culturally responsive entrepreneurship programs in underserved communities, including:

Applications for the fall 2018 sessions are now open! Application deadline is September 19 at 11:59 p.m.​

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