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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.

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Mentor Network

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

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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.

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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. This dedicated mentorship is paired with an online Venture Devils course, which is designed to challenge, monitor and advance the venture development process.

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Funding Network

At ASU, you'll find lots of opportunities to get funding for your idea. From ASU-championed initiatives to external funding opportunities like elevator pitch contests and startup competitions, we can help you find seed money and other funding options. Some competitions are exclusively for ASU students, while others are open to anyone.


Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

How can your new technology solution or service help benefit the economy, society or the environment? The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is an open call for innovative digital technology solutions for the greater good. The winning team will receive $100,000 USD to help advance their technology-enabled solution towards the market. Up to 9 more teams will receive between $75,000 and $10,000.

Deadline: May 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM PT
Open to: Students and Recent Grads
Prize: $300,000 in Prizes

Changemaker Challenge

Changemaker Challenge is an opportunity for students to make a difference in local and global communities through innovation. If you have an idea for creating and implementing positive change, enter this challenge and make your idea happen.

Deadline: October 2017
Open to: all full- or part-time ASU students
Prize: up to $10,000 for implementation of an innovative project, prototype, venture or community idea
Presented by: Changemaker Central

Woodside Community Action Grant

The Woodside Community Action Grant is a seed-funding competition for ASU students that are passionate about service. Projects should be engaging, community-driven, solutions-focused and sustainable in that the impact is long-term.

Deadline: October 2017
Open to: all full- or part-time ASU students
Prize: up to $1,500 to implement a service-focused project in the local community
Presented by: Changemaker Central

Sun Devil Igniter Challenge

Develop your innovative and disruptive ideas as you compete for seed investment and a seasoned board of directors.

Deadline: December 2017
Open to: all ASU students
Prize: $50,000
Presented by: W. P. Carey School of Business

ASU Innovation Open

Develop your multidisciplinary team to tackle the world’s most challenging problems.

Deadline: October 21, 2017
Open to: all collegiate students
Prize: $100,000
Presented by: Avnet


New Venture Challenge

Fine tune your new venture ideas with guidance from mentors and teachers who have launched and sold businesses.

Deadline: February 2018
Open to: all ASU graduate students
Prize: cash and service prizes valued over $100,000, plus strategic mentorship
Presented by: W. P. Carey School of Business

Herberger Institute Student IDEA Showcase

A two-minute pitch of your innovative design, entertainment or arts idea

Deadline: April 2018
Open to: all students in ASU’snHerberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Prize: $500 judge-selection winner, $250 audience choice winner
Presented by: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Contact Nyomi.gruber@asu.edu for more information

Cooley Service & Leadership Grant

The Cooley Service and Leadership Grant is a grant-making competition for ASU student organizations that are passionate about service, leadership, ethics or professional development. Whether you are addressing one or multiple of these 4 pillars (service, leadership, ethics, or professional development), your grant funding must be used to make a lasting impact. This impact can be applied on the local, national or global level.  Your project must work to perpetuate the culture of service on the ASU campus and throughout the surrounding community.

Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative

If you're a student with a big idea, the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is your chance to turn that idea into a successful venture. Winners of the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative will be provided tools they need to start, advance and grow a venture.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: All current student-led ventures within the ASU Venture Devils program.
Prize: office space, mentoring, seed funding and an educational program that includes ASU Startup School, a proven framework for venture acceleration
Presented by: ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneur Fund

If you are ready and willing to pay the price of being an entrepreneur and wanting to create a tangible new product or revive a dying business, this opportunity is for you.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: A recent graduate (M.S., Ph.D.) in engineering or marketing or any graduate student with a burning desire to own a business. Applicants may have a colleague working in the field as a partner
Prize: $100,000 seed funding (grant) for Entrepreneur + Mentorship
Presented by: The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

eSeed Challenge

This challenge is open to all ASU students who aim to prove or disprove that there is a valid demand for a prototyped solution (product or service) beyond an initial beneficiary or customer. This rolling competition aims to strategically develop early-stage student ventures that are striving to implement repeatable and scalable business models.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: All current student-led ventures within the ASU Venture Devils program.
Prize: up to $6,000 in seed funding and an all-expenses-paid innovation retreat.
Presented by: Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Pakis Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

Develop your idea to improve our communities through social innovation. Compete for seed funding and strategic mentors to guide you as you develop and grow a for-profit or non-profit idea.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: all ASU students
Prize: up to $27,500
Presented by: W. P. Carey School of Business

Pave Arts Venture Incubator

Develop and grow an innovative project in the arts with access to seed funding and one-on-one coaching through a professional sustainability workshop.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: all ASU students
Prize: up to $5,000
Presented by: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Cisco Innovation Challenge

Support community college student entrepreneurs as they pitch new Internet of Everything solutions and technologies for an opportunity to win seed funding.

Open to: Maricopa Community College students
Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

Prize: up to $5,000

Presented by: ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation, supported by Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation



ASU PitchFunder

PitchFunder is a program from the ASU Foundation designed to empower the ASU community to raise the funds they need for the projects, events and organizations they’re passionate about. PitchFunder will train and coach you to raise money by reaching out to your personal networks — friends, family, colleagues and other contacts — to create a crowd and invite them to get involved by making a contribution. Our program provides groups, training, tools and technology necessary to raise charitable funds in partnership with ASU Foundation.

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.

Students gathered around machine

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


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.