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New Source solar panels pull clean drinking water from the air

October 20, 2016

Founder and CEO Cody Friesen is also an associate professor at Arizona State University’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. Zero Mass Water is the second startup to stem from Friesen’s work at ASU, and it promises a reliable source of affordable drinking water without the need for additional infrastructure. 

Budding entrepreneurs get free help from local library

October 18, 2016

The free workshop at the Glendale Public Library is being hosted in conjunction with Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship Outreach Network. Beck says “Startup School” participants will have a networking opportunity too. Class begins at 6:00 and goes through 7:30.

New co-working space opening at SkySong

October 17, 2016

The space is located on the ground floor in SkySong 1, and is named 1951@SkySong for the year Scottsdale was incorporated. The space is a next step in ASU’s efforts to support the region’s entrepreneurial enterprise.  Community startups can purchase tiered memberships with access to varying levels of space, technology, training and mentoring from ASU faculty and the university’s Entrepreneurship + Innovation experts.

Rise of the Rest contest brings venture capital to Phoenix

October 13, 2016

Scottsdale-based medical-device startup NeoLight LLC, founded by ASU graduates in 2014, won for Skylife, a lightweight, portable device the company hopes will make treatment for infant jaundice affordable and accessible around the world. 

Is entrepreneurialism at odds with deep thinking?

October 12, 2016

What’s the point of college?

At Arizona State University, it’s often about “the entrepreneurial mindset,” as Sethuraman Panchanathan put it, who helps lead the university’s research and economic development efforts.

That means not just preparing students for jobs, he said, but rather teaching them to think creatively and convert smart ideas into tools and services that benefit a wide range of communities. The approach has paid dividends for a school with 91,000 undergraduate and graduate students and that has attracted $600 million of venture capital in the past decade, according to Panchanathan. This success is cementing ASU’s place as one the cornerstones of Phoenix’s economic revival.

Succeeding outside of Silicon Valley: How the rest will rise

October 11, 2016

[ASU] President [Michael] Crow is looking for entrepreneurs who will create an impact on the next generation of the American economy, and he’s not alone. In Phoenix, and other Rise of the Rest cities hit hard by the Great Recession, we see investors, institutions, and startups who don’t want to create the next photo-sharing app, rather they want to create businesses in sectors such as financial inclusion and education that will make the economy work better. This should be the dominant narrative in how to make the American economy work again.

This Scottsdale startup received a $100K investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case

October 7, 2016

Former Arizona State University startup NeoLight LLC bet out seven other startups to win the Rise of the Rest startup pitch competition Oct. 7, receiving a $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case. NeoLight is a medical device company that designs and develops phototherapy technology to treat and eradicate jaundice in newborn infants.

Free co-working space opens for Tempe entrepreneurs, small business owners

September 21, 2016

The city of Tempe and Arizona State University have opened a free co-working space and business center inside Tempe Public Library. The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRiC) is a 4,000-square-foot space where entrepreneurs can go for help to start their business, or small-business owners can seek advice on growing their company.

Got a food business idea? This entrepreneurship program can help

September 2, 2016

It's hard to get a small business off the ground, but a new program from Arizona State University can help.

Called Prepped, the 10-week program targets would-be food business owners —  as in, folks looking to start a food truck, sell a product at local farmers markets, or launch a catering business — to provide mentorship, business education, and a chance earn some startup funding. 

Teens represent Havasu at 'Future of Arizona' challenge

August 24, 2016

The Center for the Future of Arizona and Arizona State University’s Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation selected the Havasu Youth Advisory Council, Surprise Youth Council and the Young River People to kick off a civic engagement challenge called DemocraSeed. Each team is competing for seed funding to start projects that encourage a culture of entrepreneurship, innovation and civic engagement among high school students in their towns.

ASU pharma spinout wins $1.5M NIH grant

August 18, 2016

Sonoran Biosciences, an early stage pharmaceutical company spun out of Arizona State University, has received a $1.48 million research grant for its antibiotic gel to treat prosthetic joint infections.

AOL founder picks Phoenix for startup bus tour, will invest $100,000 in local startup

July 28, 2016

AOL co-founder and former CEO Steve Case plans on investing $100,000 in a local startup as part of his “Rise of the Rest” bus tour stop in Phoenix on Oct. 7. Arizona State University President Michael Crow and many entrepreneurial groups across the city pushed for Phoenix to be included in the tour that aims to promote regional entrepreneurship.
“…Attracting Rise of the Rest is a recognition of that mentality and is emblematic of the Valley’s entrepreneurial community pulling together to showcase its spirit, its smarts and its vision for creating what’s next. ASU is, of course, proud to play a part,” said Ji Mi Choi, ASU’s associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation.

ASU ranks fairly well among universities around the globe

July 14, 2016

ASU has placed in the top half of one percent among 25,000 universities worldwide, according to the newest college and university ranking by the Center for World University Rankings. Sethuraman “Panch" Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at ASU, said that the rankings are evidence of the school’s stellar reputation among peer institutions.

Why all these Silicon Valley startups are moving to Phoenix

July 13, 2016

The recent rapid growth of the tech sector in Greater Phoenix has resulted in an increase in the inflow of tech companies locating to the Valley. The tech boom has also witnessed a rise in the launch of homegrown tech startups.

ASU moves up in global patent ranking

July 12, 2016

ASU ranks 38th among worldwide institutions in earning utility patents, according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. The research institution had 55 patents in fiscal year 2015 and moved up from 40th place in the previous year’s ranking.

Ninety six companies have been launched based on ASU innovations, and more than $600 million has been raised, including a record $96 million in fiscal year 2016.

7 reasons ASU is the ‘Entrepreneurial University’

June 14, 2016

Arizona State University’s entrepreneurial spirit was honored Tuesday night at the annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.

The university was presented with the Entrepreneurial University Award, a recognition of ASU’s support of entrepreneurial programs and curriculum across the institution, from student startups to maker spaces to projects aimed at having an immediate impact on the world.

KJZZ TheShow: Unlocking the Valley’s Entrepreneurial Potential

June 10, 2016

How can the Valley unlock its entrepreneurial potential? That was the topic of a discussion this week, sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and ASU.

Minority owners of small businesses need access to resources and mentoring to unlock potential, panel of experts says

June 9, 2016

One way to unleash the enormous potential of minority entrepreneurs is to back away from the word “entrepreneur.” One way to unleash the enormous potential of minority entrepreneurs is to back away from the word “entrepreneur.” People who have good ideas to fill a need in their communities can be put off by the concept, thinking it’s only for high-tech app inventors or businesspeople who want to earn millions, according to a panel of experts gathered by Arizona State University this week.

ASU, Draper University to partner on cutting-edge entrepreneurial program

May 17, 2016

Draper University and Arizona State University announced today that they are partnering to launch what they expect to be the No. 1 entrepreneurial program in the country.

The Draper/ASU Entrepreneurial Program will combine Draper University’s innovations in education for entrepreneurs with ASU’s entrepreneurial curriculum and access to a large group of talented students. The program will offer the most exciting and the most practical academic experience in entrepreneurship, culminating in a business plan competition. The program will offer the most exciting and practical academic experience in entrepreneurship, culminating in a business plan competition, where Tim Draper — who founded Draper University — will invest at least $1 million

ASU, NAWBO celebrate Phoenix female entrepreneurs

May 4, 2016

After five years of running her own digital-photography studio in Gilbert, Arizona, Elaine Kessler realized she needed some help in taking her business to the next level. She joined the SparXX 20 women’s entrepreneurship program at Arizona State University and has found it to be instrumental in the continuing success of her business.

“Learning some tricks of the trade from a panel of experts was a valuable investment of time,” said Kessler, who was nominated for the 2016 Small Business of Year Award by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce since completing the program.

ASU entrepreneurs travel to Silicon Valley for innovation retreat

April 8, 2016

Entrepreneurs from five Arizona State University student-led startups traveled to the promised land of startups, Silicon Valley, from March 31 to April 2. There they met with top-level professionals, toured startup companies and had the opportunity to pitch to successful entrepreneurs.

The trip marked the end of the eSeed Challenge’s inaugural year, an entrepreneurial competition open to all ASU students. Run by the Startup Center within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the eSeed Challenge develops promising early stage student ventures, preparing them to secure funding and win competitions to support their startups. The five teams represented on the innovation retreat were all incubated within the eSeed Challenge, emerging as the top startups out of more than 25 competitors.

How to keep smart people in Phoenix

February 22, 2016

ASU leader: It costs Arizona $660,000 every time we lose a college graduate. Here's how to keep more of them in state. Scottsdale was recently named one of the top cities in the country to launch a startup, in part because of its close partnerships with Arizona State University that connect entrepreneurial students to a steady stream of opportunities.

Arizona State University Partners with Cisco to Empower Minority Youth

February 18, 2016

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the educational attainment gaps between minority and white students persist despite improvements made over the last few decades. Another statistic from the U.S. Small Business Administration, minority business owners accounted for less than 15 percent of all business owners across the United States in 2013.

Arizona State University and Cisco are forming a partnership to correct these imbalances by providing a comprehensive learning experience to help minority youth gain entrepreneurial skills.

How the maker movement helps turn ideas into businesses

May 14, 2015

ASU’s pioneering role in advancing the maker movement in the Valley is evident at TechShop Chandler. The do-it-yourself makerspace is located at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center in Downtown Chandler.

Blazing a business path: Tips from entrepreneur Greg Rudolph

May 8, 2015

The ASU Alumni blog featured Board Blazers and Beyond Business Institute founder Greg Rudolph who started his entrepreneurial journey at ASU.

What’s behind the lack of women in STEM careers and how to change it

April 29, 2015

Speaking at the 2015 Girls in Tech conference, ASU’s dean of entrepreneurship said that higher education institutions can and should play a key role in leveling the playing field for women in STEM.

Air conditioning backpack, 3 other winners picked at ASU startup competition event

April 22, 2015

ASU Launch Day, a university-wide event that saw hundreds of aspiring student entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to experts, aims to create awareness and cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship within ASU.

ASU grad lights up the skateboard world

April 20, 2015

ASU alum Greg Rudolph and his creative business idea Board Blazers, a skateboard lighting company, have been incredibly successful despite Rudolph’s inability to skateboard.

Library room dedicated to getting new businesses off the ground

April 19, 2015

ASU’s Entrepreneur Outreach Network is making libraries spaces of innovation and economic development for their communities.

Skateboard entrepreneur has seen the light

April 17, 2015

ASU alum and Edson participant Greg Rudolph created his skateboard lighting company called Board Blazers in college after a brief conversation with a skateboarder.

Ducey bill-signing highlights Chandler Innovation Center

April 16, 2015

The ASU Chandler Innovation Center has been central to the maker movement in the Valley of the Sun. Governor Ducey’s signing of the equity crowdfunding bill highlighted the increasing momentum of do-it-yourself entrepreneurialism in the Valley.

Ducey signs Arizona equity crowdfunding bill aimed at small businesses, entrepreneurs

April 15, 2015

What will be the impact of equity crowdfunding on local businesses? Reporter Hayley Ringle focused on the pros and cons of the bill signed into law by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey at TechShop Chandler.

Scammers target entrepreneurs and startups

April 2, 2015

The investigative news piece by CBS 5 investigative reporter Morgan Loew focused on how fundraising for ventures and small businesses has changed over the years. It also alerts small business owners to the scams they should be aware of.

ASU Edson Initiative gears up for another round of student-driven innovation

March 30, 2015

The ASU Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative supports some of the top startups at ASU by providing resources, including office space at ASU SkySong, up to $20,000 in seed funding and mentoring support.

In the last three years, student startups from the program have raised nearly $3 million in external funding.

Student-led startup will use human waste to generate electricity

March 27, 2015

The 2015 Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition was held at ASU SkySong bringing together top startups from Arizona’s three public universities. A student startup named Infinurja with a product that converts human waste into electricity, won the competition.

ASU, UA and NAU student startups compete for Territorial Cup

March 19, 2015

Startups from ASU, UA and NAU will compete for the highest honor at the upcoming Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition.

Phoenix small businesses turn to crowdfunding to stay afloat

March 19, 2015

Small businesses in Phoenix are increasingly using crowdfunding to finance growth or stay afloat. ASU crowdfunding expert explains why crowdfunding may be a viable source of fundraising for small businesses.

Bosse Tools creates ergonomic shovel

March 19, 2015

Bosse Tools, a former ASU Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative startup, has developed an easy-to-use, ergonomic shovel that’s sparking interest among big companies and individual buyers.

ASU, UA, NAU startups venture into annual competition

March 18, 2015

Twelve startups from ASU, UA and NAU are set to compete in the third annual Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition March 27.

Arizona start-up unveils higher-education platform

September 29, 2014

Andrew Chaifetz and Alex Slaughter look to be the next tech leaders for higher-education platform systems.

They are the creators of NoteBowl, a social learning system that offers one place for course discussions and campus community information on a social platform that encourages collaboration and engagement.

ASU student-led initiative focuses on sex trafficking, gains support

September 25, 2014

Finance and management senior Jasmine Anglen presented her project All Walks, which raises awareness for sex trafficking in Phoenix, at the Clinton Global Initiative University in March 2014. Now, she is meeting with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

All Walks Project is an ASU student-led initiative that seeks to develop curriculum for rehabilitating sex trafficking survivors in Phoenix. The project also aims to educate ASU students and the community about the exploitation of women and children that takes place in Phoenix.

Free TechShop memberships now available to ASU students

September 2, 2014

Arizona State University students now have even more ways to bring their innovative ideas to life, thanks to a first-of-its-kind partnership between ASU and TechShop, a national network of community-based do-it-yourself facilities.

TechShop is offering complimentary memberships at its Chandler location to ASU students for the fall 2014 semester. Any full-time undergraduate or graduate students, including online students, are eligible for the complimentary memberships.

ASU grad student in the running for College Entrepreneur of the Year

August 27, 2014

ASU graduate student Anthony Gonzales, co-founder of Force Impact Technologies, has been named one of five finalists in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 College Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

ASU lauded for entrepreneurship, economic growth

August 19, 2014

Arizona State University is among 12 universities recognized for their accomplishments “as creators of intellectual capital and economic growth” in a recent book-length report on the nexus between university innovation and economic development.

Entrepreneur: Illumin8 lights up revenue with LED sign business

August 15, 2014

Jeff Kunowski’s idea for portable, eye-catching LED signs started with Arizona State University’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative and led to displays around the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. An office space at SkySong and $10,000 awarded in 2010 through the Edson program gave Kunowski the push to start Illumin8 Outdoor Media LLC, selling a portable sign platform that can be used day or night using small light-emitting diode technology. 

ASU makes list of 50 best colleges for entrepreneurs

August 4, 2014

Arizona State University and University of Arizona have made the list of the 50 best U.S. colleges for aspiring entrepreneurs. The list was put together by College Choice, an independent college search and rankings website.

Student inventions on display at Innovation Showcase

July 29, 2014

Through the iProjects program, student teams and their faculty mentors work with industry partners to solve important business challenges. This year’s teams presented their final work at the Innovation Showcase on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

ASU alum creates app to help people live more sustainably

July 11, 2014

How do you solve a problem as big as climate change? On the one hand, you need information. What is climate change? What causes it? And perhaps the most pressing and overwhelming question, what can be done about it and what are people willing to do? Information, although necessary to address these questions, is not enough to solve the problem. You have to share the information with the world at large and get people to use it.

PetSitnStay offers alternative to traditional kennel treatment

July 9, 2014

On June 22, 20 dogs were found dead in a Gilbert boarding home. It was reportedly due to a dog biting through air conditioning wires, but some people are questioning whether it was due to negligence. This is one of the many instances of uncertainty surrounding boarding homes for pets while owners go on vacation. An alternative exists in the form of PetSitnStay, a pet-sitting website formed by ASU alumni Paige Corbett and Aaron Grove.

ASU startup introduces innovative alternative to traditional pet care options

June 24, 2014

While working as a kennel assistant at a boarding facility for pets, Arizona State University alumna Paige Corbett saw firsthand how stressful it was for animals to stay in an unfamiliar environment while their owners were gone.

ASU alum named Arizona's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

June 23, 2014

Arizona State University alumnus Jeff Kunowski, founder of LED-signage company Illumin8 Media, has been named Arizona’s 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office.

Wheezy predicts when asthma will hit

June 20, 2014

No local tech app is perhaps more innovative, or on the money, than Wheezy. The device pairs with a smartphone to help manage and control asthma attacks. Entrepreneur Chris Stiffler began creating it in January after a particularly nasty attack.

Phoenix man creates app for video storytelling

May 14, 2014

There is a new social media app available for your iPhone developed by a local entrepreneur and graduate of Arizona State University. “It’s really fun,” said Caleb Barclay of his video-capturing social app called Splicity. “We’ve seen a lot of people already learning how to tell better stories.”