ASU Innovation Open

Call for Applications is Now Closed.

The ASU Innovation Open is designed to fuel multidisciplinary teams of collegiate founders as they harness the power of entrepreneurship to tackle the world’s most challenging problems.

The competition values university-supported technologies and the scientists, artists, engineers, enterprisers and designers who develop them.

The ASUio views collegiate entrepreneurs as elite athletes who must demonstrate perseverance, hustle and teamwork to change the world.

The call for applications is now closed. Learn more about how the competition works, our mission and watch for more updates soon on finalists and the live event.

But only one student-led venture can win it all – a $100,000 grand prize. Who will rise to the challenge?

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The 2018 ASU Innovation Open is supported by:

Zero Mass Water - Avnet ASUio Sponsor
Cool Coury Law - Avnet ASUio Sponsor
On Semiconductor - Avnet ASUio Sponsor
SRP - Avnet ASUio Sponsor

How the ASUio Works

Eligibility Screening Period

All applicants must create a five minute video pitch and submit it via our online application form. For the 2018 event, applications were accepted through Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM PST.

Semi-Finals

At this stage of the competition, selected student-led ventures will be evaluated by a panel of VIP judges. At least one member from each student-led venture must be present to pitch at the semi-finals. The judges will select up to 5 Finalists to advance within the competition.

Semi-Finals will take place at ASU SkySong in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Finals

At this stage of the competition, 5 Finalist ventures will enjoy a VIP experience at the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Friday, February 2, 2018. Ventures will give a live pitch in front of judges and a live audience of sponsors, community members and industry leaders. One venture will be selected for the $100K Grand Prize.

Rules & Guidelines

Eligible competitors are enrolled students working towards a degree at accredited universities and colleges.

Application

Eligibility screening period

All applicants must create a five minute video pitch and submit it via the ASU Open application portal. Applications for the 2018 ASU Open will be accepted until Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM MST.

Video Pitch Q+A Telephone Conference

Judging Round #1

At this stage of the competition, all eligible competitors will be evaluated by entrepreneur evaluators and up to 15 Semi-Finalists will recommended for advancement within the competition.

As part of the initial application, all competitors must sign up for a video pitch Q+A telephone conference slot on Sunday, October 29, 2017. All eligible applicants will be called at a selected time on this date to answer questions from a panel of evaluators about the submitted video pitch. Participation in this Q+A phone call about the submitted video pitch is required to advance to the subsequent stages of the Open.

VIP Pitch Playoffs for Semi-Finalists

Judging Round #2

At this stage of the competition, up to 15 Semi-Finalist competitors will be evaluated by a panel of VIP judges. These judges will select up to 5 Finalists to advance within the competition.

The Pitch Playoffs for Semi-Finalists will take place at ASU SkySong in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Semi-Finalist competitors may participate in this judging round remotely or in person.

ASU Innovation Open Demo Day

Judging Round #3

At this stage of the competition, Finalist competitors will be evaluated by Title- and Co-Sponsor judges. These judges will select one $100K Grand Prize winner and several other ancillary prize winners. Finalists will pitch and winners will be selected and announced on Friday, February 2, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Finalist competitors must participate in this judging round in person. Travel and accommodation expenses for Finalists will be subsidized by the ASU Open – Zero Mass Water Awards.

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Check out the 2017 event and learn about the ASUio mission

This competition is engineered to fuel innovation across student start-ups of all types. Learn why ASU and Avnet teamed up to start this unique event and check out the 2017 finalist line-up.

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