The 2018 ASU Innovation Open is supported by:
How the ASUio Works
Rules & Guidelines
Eligible competitors are enrolled students working towards a degree at accredited universities and colleges. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM MST.
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.
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.
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.