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The ASU SparXX Initiative is a series of programs and activities at Arizona State University that focus on supporting women in starting and growing new businesses. SparXX programs and activities are designed for women who are just beginning to explore entrepreneurship and business ownership, as well as women who have been business owners for years and are seeking support to take their companies to the next level.

The name SparXX – in addition to being a tribute to ASU’s Sparky – is also a tribute to the XX chromosome and captures the sentiment of women’s entrepreneurship programs across the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area: to spark women’s entrepreneurial passions and accelerate their success as business owners.

The SparXX 20

The SparXX 20 is a business education program for established women business owners currently in revenue who are looking to improve and grow their business. SparXX 20 prepares women business owners from various sectors (nonprofit, for profit, tech, small business etc.) to scale their concepts, increase revenue, and grow their business by participating in 6 highly interactive workshops which will be led by faculty and industry experts such as Sidnee Peck, Carolyn Hirata, and Tamara Christensen

SparXX 20 is a highly interactive, project-based program wherein each woman will identify a challenge she is currently facing in her business and apply the weekly learnings in order to address and ultimately overcome said challenge. In addition to receiving workshop trainings, support, and coaching, each business owner will be paired with an expert mentor and receive tailored mentorship, in order to focus on her challenge area. Human centered design thinking and lean growth concepts are at the core of this program and each woman will graduate with a deeper understanding of how to implement these tools into her business. 

Each woman will leave with tangible new tools to add to her toolbox including a business model canvas, a prototype of a solution to her challenge, an action plan with resources to implement in order to address problems, an extended network of contacts ranging from fellow participants to mentors to facilitators, and a list of community resources.

SparXX 20 workshops will take place from 4:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesdays from January 17th to February 28th, 2017. Workshops include:

  • January 17: Defining Your Challenge
  • January 24: Lean Growth
  • January 31: Access to Capital
  • February 7: Branding and Social Media
  • February 21: Hiring and Managing Staff
  • February 28: What's Next

Workshops are held at ASU SkySong,1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona. Dinner and materials, in addition to free parking, will be provided. As this is a highly interactive cohort, participants must commit to attending all 6 workshops, completing necessary assignments between workshops, and meeting with mentors. 

The applications for the winter session are now closed. If you have any questions about upcoming sessions, please reach out to Susan Halverson.