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Date: October 29, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Online via Zoom

This introduction to intellectual property will take you through the basics of IP from patent preparation to licensing and the importance of IP to advance innovation at ASU.

Patricia Stepp joined Skysong Innovations in July of 2018 and serves as the Director of Intellectual Property for the Life Sciences team. Her role involves working closely with ASU faculty and staff and Skysong Innovations’ business development team with facilitating invention disclosures, evaluating technology, monitoring patent preparation and prosecution, and managing IP. She is a registered patent agent with experience in patent preparation and prosecution and portfolio management in a wide range of areas including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemical technology, polymeric food packaging, and polymeric medical packaging.

Patricia has a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. She completed a post-doctoral position at the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Czech Academy of Sciences focusing on viral transformation, transfection, and recombinant protein expression. Additionally, she has 11 technical publications in the areas of magnetizable drug delivery, medical devices, flow cytometry, and medical imaging.

This event is open to the public and free to attend. Community ventures welcome!

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom -- link to be provided upon registration

Date: October 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: https://asu.zoom.us/j/98905957396

Want to get feedback on your next great entrepreneurial idea and learn from an experienced entrepreneur? Come to Quick Pitch night hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation team at Changemaker Central.

During the event, you will hear from an experienced entrepreneur who has been in your shoes and ask questions about their experience. You will also be given two minutes to pitch your idea in whatever stage it is in and receive feedback from our panel of fellow entrepreneurial-minded students and alumni. Your idea can be something you thought of the night before or a well-developed idea. The Changemaker E+I Team also hopes to provide you with the tools, connections, and support to help move your idea forward. In order to give new ventures a chance to hear some feedback, we are only allowing ventures who have never received funding for their idea to participate. Even if you don’t have an idea come listen to the pitches and you may find your newest team.

If you are interested in pitching please apply to pitch by 10/26 at 11:59 PM to be considered for the 10/29 Quick Pitch event. The application link can be found in the event link on SunDevilSync. Please feel free to reach out to Kiran Ramakumar at kdramaku@asu.edu for any questions you may have!

Date: October 30, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Virtual Via Zoom

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Purpose: Learn how to create an immediate impact on your business through the power of an ‘Innovation Collective'.

About: As a new company, you’ll require creative solutions to solve complex problems. Building the right team can be critical to the success of your business. This session will focus on new ways of thinking about creativity, and why building a team culture that embraces creative individuality and inclusion might be exactly what you need to transform your big ideas into reality. Participants will find that our differences can make us stronger, and discuss new ways to understand people, which will help you leverage each team members’ skills and capabilities immediately. Join us to learn about the myths of traditional teams, learn a few simple techniques to bring the best out in your teams, and disrupt the status quo using the power of an ‘Innovation Collective’.

What: As a new company, you’ll require creative solutions to solve complex problems. Building the right team can be critical to the success of your business. This session will focus on new ways of thinking about creativity, and why building a team culture that embraces creative individuality and inclusion might be exactly what you need to transform your big ideas into reality. Participants will find that our differences can make us stronger, and discuss new ways to understand people, which will help you leverage each team members’ skills and capabilities immediately. Join us to learn about the myths of traditional teams, learn a few simple techniques to bring the best out in your teams, and disrupt the status quo using the power of an "Innovation Collective".

Who: Open to the public, ideal for founders and new teams

Date: November 3, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Zoom

How do I start a business in Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, or any West Valley City? The answer is simple, participate in the free Businesses Builder two-part series. 

With this training, start your journey to gain the skills, answers and resources needed to launch a new venture in the West Valley. 

Who: Our Business Builder program is the perfect first stop for all new business owners, entrepreneurs, creatives and future innovators in the West Valley.

What: An interactive online meeting series led by a local expert with specific content created by ASU. 

Where: The program is Online using Zoom. We encourage participants to keep their cameras on and come ready to share your experience and ask questions. The online format makes it easily accessible to you no matter where you are in the Valley. If you'd like to test your equipment, there will be an opportunity to log on 15 minutes early to check your camera and audio.

Not ready to turn on the camera? We have several tools and presentations prerecorded, email peoria.forward@asu.edu.  

All attendees will receive a series of emails full of local resources, guidance and opportunities. There is a lot of value packed into this free community program so all innovators can start their business right. 

When: Business Builder: Your First Steps 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Tuesday, 11/3/2020  |  Zoom

            Business Builder: Creating Company Value 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Tuesday, 11/11/2020  |  Zoom

            Business Builder is a two-part series; however, attending both is not required but is highly encouraged. You must register for both.

Why: Launching any business, service, nonprofit or event a product is confusing; this series includes research-based recommended first steps for any enterprise. The interactive virtual format makes it easy for people to connect and find the answers.

You can expect to learn:

  • Understand best practices for starting a sustainable business in the West Valley
  • Build and learn about entrepreneurial skills and tools
  • Identify the free local resources available to you
  • Connect with fellow local entrepreneurs and business owners 
Date: November 5, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Online via Zoom

An entrepreneur is a storyteller who shares their vision and traction with investors, teammates, media agencies and customers. Learn the principals of connecting with your audience and preparing a pitch that will captivate and activate.

Eli Chmouni is a serial entrepreneur who has launched 5 companies with 2 acquisitions and 1 failure. His current company is an out-of-home advertising and media display platform called The Surf Network. In addition to the startup world, Eli is a full-time faculty member in the W.P. Carey management department. Eli has been selected as one of the Top 35 under 35 Entrepreneurs in Arizona and one of the Top 38 Most Influential People in Arizona. He is currently involved in real estate, media, medical funds and entertainment-based businesses.

This event is open to the public and free to attend. Community ventures welcome!

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom -- link to to be provided

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Date:
06/03/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Location:
Zoom

Join us on Wednesday mornings to meet over a virtual cup of coffee to give each other support, encouragement and feedback about entrepreneurial ideas. 1 Million Cups provides a platform to share ideas and connect with entrepreneurial-minded people in your community. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

 
 
 
 
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Date:
06/10/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Location:
Virtual - Zoom

This is an event that brings entrepreneurs and the East Valley together over {virtual} coffee and conversations. We hope the innovators in our community attend with the intention to be supportive and constructive and look forward to seeing you at 9am MST on Wednesday, June 10th!

We request that you do NOT post the Zoom login info on any social media sites and it only be forwarded to those trusted by you.

If you are joining using a Zoom account (free or Pro), it is recommended you upgrade it to the latest 5.0 version because of added encryption. The registration/waiting room function will be in place for this meeting, so please do RSVP & be patient after you sign in.

 
Date:
06/10/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Location:
ZOOM

Join us on Wednesday mornings to meet over a virtual cup of coffee to give each other support, encouragement and feedback about entrepreneurial ideas. 1 Million Cups provides a platform to share ideas and connect with entrepreneurial-minded people in your community. Free and open to the public. Registration required

 
 
Date:
06/12/2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:
Virtual via Zoom

Who: Ideal for founders who want to deepen their understanding and fine-tune the foundation of their business model to achieve product/market fit and to increase their performance in pitch competitions and other seed funding opportunities.

What: These workshops are focused on assumption/hypothesis-testing, customer-focused discovery process to gather important insights needed to maximize the impact of their venture. The sessions will discuss customer discovery,value proposition, customer segmentation and customer feedback. These workshops will be held on two consecutive Fridays via Zoom.

When: Friday, May 29th , 2020; 11:00 am - 12:30 pm  
            Friday, June 12th, 2020; 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Please note this is a two-part series both sessions are mandatory.
 

 
 
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Date:
06/17/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Location:
Zoom

Join us on Wednesday mornings to meet over a virtual cup of coffee to give each other support, encouragement and feedback about entrepreneurial ideas. 1 Million Cups provides a platform to share ideas and connect with entrepreneurial-minded people in your community. Free and open to the public. Registration required

 
 
Date:
06/19/2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:
Virtual Via Zoom

Who: Ideal for founders and teams interested in innovative ways to respond to new challenges and novel risks with adaptability and agility.

What: At the Risk Innovation Nexus, we are working with businesses on innovative ways to succeed in the face of an increasing array of complex and unconventional risks - from radical new technologies to shifting social norms and the organizations and systems in which innovation occurs.
We invite you to join us as we introduce our key tools and approaches to begin laying the foundation for a risk innovation mindset. By focusing on value for your enterprise, investors, community, and customers, we will work with your business to identify your overlooked or forgotten "orphan risks" and begin the process of turning these areas of threat into opportunities for new value growth for you and your team

 
 
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Date:
06/26/2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location:
Virtual Via Zoom

Title: Bookkeeping & Budgeting Basics

Who: ASU-affiliated founders who have already won money and need to get started on their bookkeeping. This course will be facilitated by Marcy Maslov, an experienced accountant, entrepreneur, game inventor and Venture mentor.

What: So you’ve won money, now what? This program will teach you how to set up a budget for your money, create your bookkeeping system, and prepare financial statements. These classes will be hands-on with exercises designed to set up your accounting system, track your expenses and manage your budget.

 
 
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