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Have an idea? Want to change the world? These ASU ideation funding programs can help you get started.

ASU Open Pitch

Pitch your idea, receive feedback and network with other ASU entrepreneurs. Pitching at Open Pitch provides an amazing opportunity to improve your storytelling and could even provide a connection that helps you grow your idea into a venture.
Occurs in person at various ASU campus locations in September and February.

Open to: all full- or part-time ASU students
Prize: Up to $250 to advance your idea if selected as the crowd-favorite
Presented by: ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation

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.


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: TBA
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

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.

Deadline: October 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Open to: Maricopa Community College students
Prize: up to $5,000
Presented by: ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation, supported by Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Herberger Institute Student IDEA Showcase

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

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

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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: TBA
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