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Entrepreneurship Catalysts

Entrepreneurship Catalysts are current students who serve as a peer resource for all things entrepreneurship happening at ASU.

You can connect with an Entrepreneurship Catalyst to:

  • better navigate ASU resources related to entrepreneurship and innovation
  • learn how to get involved with communities of student entrepreneurs
  • receive coaching and feedback on any of your idea(s) from another ASU student 

Meet our Entrepreneurship Catalysts

Autumn Sayler is a sophomore studying business with a focus in global politics at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. She is passionate about bringing ideas to life through art and being involved on campus. Autumn is beginning her thesis project focused on the impact of socioeconomics on overall quality of life and happiness across different groups of people. She is driven by learning about what the world can offer to people, and what people can offer to the world. As an Entrepreneurship Catalyst, her goal is to be a resource to help others grow their ideas and passions at ASU.

Schedule a meeting with Autumn to occur at the ASU Tempe campus or virtually. 

Godfred Naah is a graduate student at ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is working on a research project that seeks to understand the Mastercard Foundation Scholars experience through their commitment to giving back and entrepreneurship. He is the founder of the “Suntaa Shea Society,” a social enterprise that seeks to empower rural women in Ghana through the mass production of shea butter. His startup has received more than $10,000 in funding from various ASU competitions. He sees entrepreneurship as a tool of empowerment and loves sharing his ideas and techniques with others as well as learning from them.

Schedule a meeting with Godfred to occur at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus or virtually. 

Hayley Hilborn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communication from ASU in spring 2018. Her undergraduate degree offered her many invaluable experiences, including the opportunity to study abroad twice, connect with caring faculty and deepen her interest in social justice issues. She is pursuing a master’s degree in communication from ASU with a focus on social advocacy. Hayley believes entrepreneurship and innovation are key ways people can enact change and make the world a better place for everyone. She also believes her generation and the ones following will accomplish amazing things, and she says she can’t wait to see their impact on the world. 

Schedule a meeting with Hayley to occur at the ASU West campus or virtually. 

Jainthkumar Laguvuda, who also goes by JK for short, is pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering with a specialty in mixed signal circuit design at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU. He likes to take on new challenges and find success in life’s out-of-the-box endeavors. Beyond his technical academic background, he also has a keen interest and practical expertise in entrepreneurship, management and business. He loves to collaborate with others and help with their projects. He is always happy to provide guidance and support to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Schedule a meeting with Jainthkumar to occur at the ASU Tempe campus or virtually.  

Brad Biehl is a Columbus, Ohio, native studying entrepreneurship and nonprofit leadership at ASU. Outside of school, he leads a podcast titled “More Than a Word.” In each episode Brad and a guest embark on an organic, conversational journey surrounding a singular word. He says the podcast’s purpose is to help evoke vulnerability, spark self-awareness and provoke process. This thesis is echoed throughout his life, including his creative work for professional soccer player Amobi Okugo at the media company A Frugal Athlete. In his free time, he takes long walks, listens to others and asks good questions (to both himself and others) in the name of vulnerability.

Schedule a meeting with Brad to occur at the ASU Tempe campus or virtually. 

Preston Gross is a sophomore in software engineering at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. He is excited for the opportunity to serve as an Entrepreneurship Catalyst for a startup village where he hopes to create unique experiences for each student. Outside of school and work, he enjoys long rides on his motorcycle. Preston is excited to create connections with students and assist them on their way to success.

Schedule a meeting with Preston to occur at the ASU Polytechnic campus or virtually. 

If you are an engineering student, learn about a separate team of KEEN Entrepreneurial Catalysts here.


Lauren Dunning
Sr. Program Manager for Student Entrepreneurship