Winning student startups at competition include a solar-powered skateboard rack and a platform aimed at preventing suicide.
"With such a range of possible directions, we expect that products will connect with many issues relevant to our current political and social climate locally, nationally and globally," said Neal A. Lester, professor of English and director of Project Humanities.
Enter Prepped, a free program offered through Entrepreneurship + Innovation at Arizona State University. The goal is to give women and people of color access to business knowledge so they can take their food trucks, catering businesses and other small-scale companies to the next level.
“People voted to tax themselves to pay for the capital infrastructure for Arizona State University downtown,” Mayor Stanton said. “They knew they wanted the life and vibrancy that comes with having a great university campus.”
Every entrepreneur wants to make money, but essentially what they're working to create is a better life for humanity. Entrepreneurs at ASU have invented software that tracks when people are in a mental health crisis, a game to help ease childhood anxiety, an innovative pool security monitor and an app that finds nearby parking spaces.
Nearly 100 of the best ideas at Arizona State University will be showcased at Demo Day this week — a marketplace of the future that will pitch everything from a customizable bra to an app for parking spaces. The ASU-affiliated entrepreneurs will compete for more than $250,000 in funding and support at the event, which will be held Friday, Dec. 1, at SkySong in Scottsdale.
“We continue to be pleased with the rapid rate that SkySong is attracting innovative new companies” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University. “Ecolab and Intersys are two more examples of companies that could locate anywhere in the Valley, but are choosing SkySong because of its spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.”