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ASU American Indian Policy Institute launches Inno-NATIONS initiative to support Native American businesses

PHOENIX – The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at Arizona State University, in collaboration with ASU’s Entrepreneurship + Innovation, The Department co-working space, Maricopa County Small Business Development Center and The Visionary Magazine, announces the Inno-NATIONS Tribal Business Collision Community — an inter-tribal initiative championing tribal entrepreneurship and economic development across Arizona.

ASU has role in driving Arizona Innovation

When scanning the East Valley’s vibrant business incubator landscape, it can be easy to overlook the granddaddy of them all—Arizona State University.

The giant Tempe-based institution has made innovation and business incubation one of its chief missions, according to Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Arizona State University values entrepreneurship as one of the core design principles of the university,” Choi said.

ASU alum makes it to the Forbes 2017 Class of 30 Under 30

ASU alum Vivek Kopparthi has been named to the Forbes 2017 Class of 30 Under 30-Healthcare. Kopparthi, along with ASU alums Chase Garrett, Siva Kumar Palaniswamy and Deepak Krishnaraju, co-founded NeoLight, a medical technology company that develops solutions that eradicate preventable conditions, such as jaundice and hypothermia.


Why we need international students

The Christian Science Monitor | February 17, 2017

Before he launched Zip2, before he started SpaceX and Tesla Motors, South African native Elon Musk earned undergraduate degrees in economics and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. The 24-year-old’s next step was Stanford University to work on a doctorate in energy physics, although he deferred after two days to pursue his fortunes in the emerging internet. [states ASU President Michael Crow]

Scottsdale solar panel company helping to democratize clean water

Phoenix Business Journal | February 16, 2017

Zero Mass Water Inc., an Arizona State University spin-off company, sells solar panels that make pure water from vapor in the air.

“We started this company to democratize water for everyone everywhere,” said Friesen, who is also an ASU innovation professor. “Our panels enable people to own luxury, quality water.”

Venture Devils provides mentors and support to student startup companies

The State Press | February 14, 2017

After being finalists in ASU's Sun Devil Igniter Challenge, the Pursuit Health Technologies team was introduced to Venture Devils, an ASU program that partners students, faculty and community members who are working on a venture with a mentor to guide them.