Mentorship, funding, and collaborative spaces are critical to the success of launching new venture concepts. We've created a directory of networks that can provide not only the financial support you need, but also the training, mentorship, capital, 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.
Learn from the experiences of successful innovators. The J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute mentor network supports student, faculty and community entrepreneurs.
Want to get involved with entrepreneurship at ASU? The Entrepreneurship Catalysts are here to help.
Entrepreneurship Catalysts are current ASU students who 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 events and opportunities and provide coaching if you are beginning to develop your own venture idea.
ASU Venture Devils supports student, faculty and community entrepreneurs affiliated with ASU 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.
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.
Do you have a great idea that you'd like to develop? Ideation funding can help you get it off the ground.
More than $1 million in startup funding is available to Venture Devils founders. Find out how to join and get your share.
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.
SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, offers local entrepreneurs a collaborative space for their ideas and innovation to thrive. Named for the year Scottsdale was incorporated, 1951 @ Skysong is a co-working space that combines 1950s décor with the latest collaboration and communication technologies. The resulting, vibrant atmosphere is infused with the daring visions of the past while equipped to advance today’s entrepreneurial innovation.
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. ACIC is a partnership between the City of Chandler and ASU, located at 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, Arizona 85255.
A 100 year-old warehouse transformed into a place for people to create, Phoenix Forge is a community makerspace for everyone. Gain access to prototyping tools, equipment, training and a community of people with similar interests. In collaboration with Phoenix Forge, Arizona State University is sponsoring 250 memberships to the makerspace as part of the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute spaces network.
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.
A partnership between the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute, the Health Entrepreneurship Accelerator Lab (HEALab) is the first-ever accelerator for students, faculty and the community at ASU. The HEALab helps launch initiatives for budding health-care professionals that focuses entirely on health and healthcare solutions. The lab offers a monthly speaker series, proposal preparation assistance, weekly networking and idea-generation meetings for students, shared co-working spaces and more.
The Fulton Schools Generator Labs are designed to provide students with educational, mentorship, ideation, low-fidelity prototyping, capitalization, implementation, presentation, and design/execution review services and experiences. The Generator Labs’ programs and services are designed to empower socially-embedded and entrepreneurially-minded student leaders to go from idea to impact efficiently and effectively.
Covered from floor to ceiling in whiteboards, the Innovation Hub at the Polytechnic campus 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.
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.
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.
Our goal is to rapidly disseminate ASU discoveries and inventions to the global marketplace.
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.
InvestU is an investing platform and co-investment fund that provides an opportunity for more established domestic or global startups affiliated with ASU to receive funding and mentorship from a network of experienced investors. The program also is an applied learning opportunity for students seeking to gain experience in the venture space. Reach out to investU@asu.edu with questions.
This highly competitive, two-week program is designed for entrepreneurial medical device and health care IT companies. The accelerator offers selected participants an unparalleled opportunity to draw on the resources and expertise of these two leading institutions to enhance their ability to succeed in the health care marketplace. The immersive experience will help participants develop or optimize new products and services, license intellectual property and sponsor research/clinical studies.
NSA2 is a program, powered by the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), that accelerates ASU-led technology into startups that address national security needs. Participating teams engage with the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as companies dedicated to technology transfer, and with business development professionals. Teams will work directly with end-users to test and evaluate technology and access in order to apply for sponsored project funding at the program’s completion.
ASU ScaleU is a higher education technology accelerator that supports early-stage ventures to enable them to scale through piloting, product and market validation and funding. Participants can integrate, test and validate new technologies at the nation's largest public research university dedicated to innovation.
Skysong Innovations (formerly 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.
Startup Mill is an exclusive program jointly run by the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University 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.