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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 Skysong Innovations and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at ASU. 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 + Skysong Innovations

ASU Innovation Open

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

Deadline: Each October
Open to: all collegiate students
Annual purse: $300,000
Presented by: Avnet, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and many others

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.

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.

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.