Like most events this semester, Demo Day was held online. At a typical Demo Day event, the founders pitch to a panel of judges at SkySong in Scottsdale throughout the day, and an awards ceremony is held in the evening. This semester, 85 ventures put together five-minute video pitches, which the judges reviewed last week. The awards were announced during an online presentation on May 1. More than $312,000 was awarded to startups.
Peoria Forward, an entrepreneurship initiative at ASU, was able to quickly jump into action recently to help small-business owners whose livelihoods were threatened by the COVID-19 crisis. The team helped distribute 200 banners to independent restaurants advertising that they offered pickup or delivery to customers during the shutdown.
Expected to open in fall 2021, the Downtown Phoenix Residence Hall and Entrepreneurship Center will be the first new residential space on the Downtown Phoenix campus since Taylor Place. The first three floors will offer academic space for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts programs in popular music, fashion and design. It also will add to the Valleywide network of ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation co-working, event and exhibition spaces for students, staff, faculty and the community.
The Phoenix area, once known for its hotels and low-wage call centers, is quickly developing a reputation as a hub for tech and entrepreneurship. The number of tech companies headquartered in downtown Phoenix has grown from 67 in 2012 to more than 300 today.
EpiFinder, Co+Hoots, Tiempo Development and Coplex were among the winners announced Nov. 18 in the 20th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards as local businesses who have helped vault the state forward in job creation and growth.