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Mentorship, funding and collaborative spaces are critical to the success of launching ideas. We've created a directory of networks that can provide not only the financial support you need, but also the education, mentorship, resources and communities to help turn your big idea into a reality.

Want the whole package? The Venture Devils program guides student, faculty and community-based entrepreneurs through the process of launching a venture, by providing dedicated mentorship,as well as access to funding opportunities and venture development work spaces.

Apply to Venture Devils

Or explore individual resource networks:

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Mentor Network

Learn from the experiences of successful innovators. The ASU mentor network supports student, faculty and community entrepreneurs.

Become a mentor

Entrepreneurship Catalysts

Entrepreneurship Catalysts are current ASU students who educate and support other students, faculty and staff who want to get involved in entrepreneurship opportunities. Catalysts can help you navigate ASU’s entrepreneurial resources, refer you to relevant opportunities and provide coaching if you are beginning to develop your own venture idea.

Entrepreneurship Experts

Entrepreneurship Expert mentors provide expertise in finance, marketing, legal, operations/scaling, business development/sales, manufacturing/rapid prototyping and more. Entrepreneurship Experts may meet one-on-one with aspiring entrepreneurs or startup founders. Appointments are available to all.

Venture Devils

ASU Venture Devils supports student, faculty and community entrepreneurs who are launching ventures within a wide range of developmental stages from ideation through commercialization. Venture Devils aims to catalyze the entrepreneurial success of founders by connecting them with Venture Mentors who provide regular, ongoing support. 

Funding Network

At ASU, you'll find lots of opportunities to get funding for your idea. We can help you find seed money and other funding options. Some competitions are exclusively for ASU students, while others are open to anyone.

Ideation Funding

Do you have a great idea that you'd like to develop? Ideation funding can help you get it off the ground.

Startup Funding

More than $1 million in startup funding is available to Venture Devils founders. Find out how to join and get your share.

Venture Funding

Take your existing high-potential startup to the next level.

Spaces Network

Inspiration comes from the world around us. That's why finding the right space to ideate, create and build is so important to aspiring entrepreneurs. Whether you want help building a prototype, a place to meet with mentors or a cool spot to brainstorm with classmates, we have just the right space for you.

ASU Chandler Innovation Center (ACIC) Building

ASU Chandler Innovation Center (ACIC)

ACIC is an engineering and technology-based education and research hub located in the heart of downtown Chandler. The facility is used to host classes for ASU students and workshops and events for the community, and also houses the Chandler TechShop. ACIC is a partnership among the City of Chandler, ASU and TechShop, located at 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, Arizona 85255.

ASU Idea Box

The ASU Idea Box is a mobile unit that travels to all ASU campuses to connect students with the entrepreneurship resources available at the university and in the community. Student entrepreneurs staff the Idea Box, sharing their business ideas and products with their peers and the community while talking about their personal experiences with entrepreneurship at ASU. To schedule the ASU Idea Box at your next event, email entrepreneurship@asu.edu.

Changemaker Central

Changemaker Central @ ASU is a community of like-minded students that are leading social change in our local and global communities. With Changemaker spaces and programs on all four ASU campuses, our student team is prepared to help you navigate the many ways you can make a difference at ASU.

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FSE Poly Startup Labs

Covered from floor to ceiling in whiteboards, Startup Labs provides students with ample room to dream big, new ideas and create plans to make those ideas happen. The space also allows students the room and tools they need to prototype and build creative projects and features equipment that includes a ShopBot 3-D wood router, Epilog Laser engraver, 3-D printers, a vinyl cutter and a variety of hand tools, among other equipment.

MakerBot machine

MKR Services

The ASU Libraries makerservices provide hands-on experience with equipment and tools for ASU students, faculty and staff from all disciplines and backgrounds to inspire creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Resources include 3-D printing and scanning, a film/audio studio, vinyl cutting, book scanning, digital artistry, electronics testing and sewing.

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New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab

In the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, journalism students work side-by-side with computer engineering, design and business students to create cutting-edge digital media products for regional and national media companies and other organizations.

People gathered in TechShop space

TechShop

ASU is the first university in the country to partner with TechShop. Located in the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, TechShop is a membership-based do-it-yourself facility that provides the public with tools, equipment, training and a vibrant, supportive community of creative people. TechShop members have access to more than $1 million worth of advanced prototyping machines, tools, and sophisticated 2-D and 3-D design software.

Technology Commercialization

Our goal is to rapidly disseminate ASU discoveries and inventions to the global marketplace.

Arizona Technology Enterprises

Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) is the exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for ASU. We work with faculty, investors and our industry partners to translate ASU innovation into broad societal impact.

Avnet Innovation Lab

The Avnet Innovation Lab is a partnership between Avnet and ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. This tech startup accelerator will provide participants with monetary awards as well as one-on-one access to the brightest minds in technology distribution, supply chain management and next-generation technologies during a 12-18 month program. Participants will also have access to dedicated lab space on the ASU Tempe campus.

Startup Mill

Startup Mill is an exclusive program jointly run by ASU E+I and Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE). Startup Mill invites the highest-potential student- and faculty-led startups within the university, as well as select startups from outside the university, to receive top-tier entrepreneurship support from ASU.

The ASU-Draper-GSV EdTech Accelerator

The ASU-Draper University Entrepreneurship Incubator Program immerses you in an environment where innovation thrives through a unique in-residence experience featuring ASU faculty and curriculum at Draper University in San Mateo, California. In just nine months, you’ll gain the tools and knowledge to launch and grow your own startup and turn powerful ideas into reality.