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Is your venture already positively impacting our society and economy? Have you already found product-market fit or protected your game-changing technology? These ASU Venture Funding initiatives can help you cross the chasm.

ASU Faculty / Postdoc Accelerator

The ASU Faculty / Postdoc Accelerator is a competitive seed funding program that is jointly administered by Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) and ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation. The ASU Faculty / Postdoc Accelerator invites the most impactful faculty- and postdoc-led startups within the university to compete for their share of over $150K in seed funding available each year.

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Open to: ASU Faculty and Postdocs
Annual purse: $150,000
Presented by: ASU + AzTE

ASU Innovation Open

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

Deadline: October 29, 2017
Open to: all collegiate students
Prize: $100,000
Presented by: Avnet

AvNet

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: December 1, 2017
Open to: community college students, university students and recent grads
Prize: $300,000 in prizes

Entrepreneur Fund

If you are aiming to create a tangible new product, or revive a dying business, the eFund is for you.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: A recent graduate or current graduate student with a burning desire to operate a viable business. 
Potential investment: $100,000 
Presented by: The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor Program

ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering promotes a culture of translating its innovations and creating positive impact on the economy through its creative activities. To that end, the Fulton Entrepreneurial Professors Program supports the translational efforts of its faculty, particularly as they relate to technology and product commercialization and the formation of new companies.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: ASU Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty
Annual purse: $50,000
Presented by: ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

MCIDA + ASU Venture Fund

The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA) and the ASU Foundation for A New American University operate a venture capital fund that invests in companies affiliated with ASU-supported venture development programs. The fund aims to allow Arizona companies and entrepreneurs to create jobs and wealth. This is in keeping with the mission of the MCIDA, to create and maintain jobs within Maricopa County and help residents achieve a better standard of living and way of life.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: All ASU-affiliated ventures
Annual purse: $250,000
Presented by: The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA) and the ASU Foundation for A New American University

Thunderbird Angels

The Thunderbird Angel Network is a dynamic group of accredited investors that gathers quarterly to consider curated investment opportunities within the Phoenix startup community.

Deadline: Rolling
Open to: All qualified early-stage companies, with a focus on management teams that include Thunderbird or ASU alumni.
Annual purse: Undisclosed
Presented by: The Thunderbird Angel Network