The 3 W’s of the ASU Innovation Open & Why Student Entrepreneurs Should Care


Are you ready to see your peers compete for a chance to win $100,000?

You may be wondering what all the talk of the 2018 ASU Innovation Open is about and why you should care. Here are the 3 W’s and the most exciting part is there are 100,000 reasons why you should care, read on…

W #1 The What!
The ASU Innovation Open is a technology competition that rewards technology and innovation, powered by Avnet, a leading technology firm along with the ASU Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

The ASUio provides critical venture mentorship and funding for student competitors who are launching a wide range of enterprises, including new hardware and software inventions that advance innovation within a variety of cutting-edge marketplaces.

W #2 The Who!
Just who exactly is this competition for? It is for students who are tech-savvy, and who have a passion for using technology and innovation to change the world. It’s for competitive academic technologists!

Sounds fun, but what’s the catch? The only catch is that each venture’s membership/equity must be currently enrolled and working towards a degree in an accredited University undergraduate or graduate program at the time of the ASU Innovation Open Finals, to be scheduled during the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday, February 2, 2018. Visit the Rules and Guidelines page for full details.

W #3 The When!

October 29 – Application Deadline: All applicants must create a five-minute video pitch and submit it via the ASU Open application page by Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm MST.

December 9 – Ventures will advance to the Semi-Finals on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at ASU’s SkySong in Scottsdale, AZ. Teams will pitch their idea in front of VIP judges and get advice from successful entrepreneurs and guest speakers. At least one member from each student venture must attend the semi-finals to pitch in person.

February 2 – 5 Finalists will be selected to go on to the Finals and 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.

These 3 W’s answer many of the questions about the 2018 ASU Innovation Open. With $100,000 up for grabs, your amazing innovations will get the exposure they deserve in front of audiences who matter!

Wait, one more W. Yes, Warm-up and get ready to flex your Innovation muscle; and wait, another W… WIN $100,000! That’s two bonus W’s all in one. Are you ready?

Visit the ASUio website to learn more!

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