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Entrepreneurship Catalysts

Entrepreneurship Catalysts are current students who serve as a peer resource for all things entrepreneurship happening at ASU.

You can connect with an Entrepreneurship Catalyst to:

  • better navigate ASU resources related to entrepreneurship and innovation
  • learn how to get involved with communities of student entrepreneurs
  • receive coaching and feedback on your venture idea(s)
  • learn how to incorporate the entrepreneurial mindset — curiosity, connections, creating value — into project design
  • find out about student startups and other ASU Venture Devils

Meet the Entrepreneurship Catalysts:

Hadley is a junior studying computer science, minoring in business, and working towards a digital culture certificate. She was born and raised in Tempe and went to McClintock High School. Along with being an Entrepreneurial Catalyst, she also works as an ASU Microsoft Student Partner (MSP). She has been an MSP for 2 years, and in that position, she hosts monthly technical workshops at ASU on web, mobile, and game development, IoT/Hardware, or Machine Learning. Last summer, she interned at a tech start-up in Dublin, Ireland that specialized in mobile application and web development. In that position, she was able to see, first-hand, how the entrepreneurial mindset plays a huge role in tech start-ups. Furthermore, she recently accepted a program management internship with Microsoft in Seattle this summer.

Harsh is an international student from the western region of India, pursuing his MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business. He has been in Arizona for over four years.  Harsh has direct startup experience and was part of a team awarded funding through the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative. The company he worked for focused on creating a clinical decision support system to help doctors diagnose rare types of epilepsy.

Elliott has over 12 years of work experience in advanced research and development of renewable fuels. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Sustainability from ASU and has taken advantage of many of the resources for student entrepreneurs. He is currently pursuing an Executive Masters of Global Management from ASU Thunderbird. He is a founder and looks forward to offering guidance to others at ASU.

Krista is a senior from Scottsdale, Arizona studying Business Entrepreneurship at W.P. Carey. She has experience interning with startup companies, focused in product, and looks forward to assisting you in getting started with your venture.

Mike studies Engineering Management with a focus in Computer Systems Engineering.  He enjoys pursuing product development projects and working with cross-functional teams. He can regularly be found at Generator Labs or attending events such as hackathons and Devils Invent.

Miles is studying robotic engineering and is working toward a minor in Digital Culture. His secondary focus is on Technological Entrepreneurship and Management. He has been working as an entrepreneur since 2015 when he started Feromone Robotics. His startup received $10,000 in funding from various ASU competitions and a Silicon Valley trip. Since then he also studied abroad at the European Innovation Academy in Turin, Italy and lived in ASU’s Startup Village. He loves talking about ideas, building projects and seeing startups succeed.

Pooja is a Technological Entrepreneurship Management major who loves to continuously explore and learn. A startup geek and tech enthusiast, she follows trending topics and companies closely. A sustainability advocate, she is also passionate about developmental economics, the environment and alternative energy resources. When not dreaming about changing the world, she spends her time reading (fiction and non-fiction) and writing. She loves to help people to become their best selves.

Surya is a student entrepreneur, experienced with founding a service based business in India. At ASU, he is pursuing his graduate degree in Management of Technology at the TEM Department. His research work is backed by the ASU Kern project, where he is working on finding a sustainable solution to recycle the waste plastic from 3-D printers (Smashtic!). His venture is also part of the ASU's Venture Devils team. He loves to create value and impact from his work and is extremely passionate about new ideas, exploring opportunities and help start-ups succeed.

Schedule an Appointment

You can meet with an Entrepreneurship Catalyst at the following locations:

  • Changemaker Central: Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West campus
  • Generator Labs: Tempe campus (engineering focus)
  • HEALab: Downtown campus
  • Innovation Hub: Polytechnic campus (engineering focus)
  • Remote/online: via Skype or phone


To schedule an appointment with an Entrepreneurship Catalyst at Changemaker Central, at the HEALab or remotely, visit https://asufounders.setmore.com

Entrepreneurship Catalysts at Generator Labs and Innovation Hub focus on entrepreneurship through an engineering context. Their roles are supported by the Fulton Schools of Engineering and the ASU Kern Project, which has the goal to impact engineering students through curricular and co-curricular approaches by weaving the entrepreneurial mindset into courses and student engagement activities. To schedule an appointment with an Entrepreneurship Catalyst focused on both engineering and the entrepreneurial mindset, visit http://links.asu.edu/keenec and select KEEN Entrepreneurial Catalysts.

Become an Entrepreneurship Catalyst

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to become Entrepreneurship Catalysts. While we are not currently recruiting for any open positions, please email Lauren Dunning at lauren.dunning@asu.edu if you would like to be notified regarding future student employment opportunities with Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Lauren Dunning
Program Manager for Student Entrepreneurship