Engineering | Entrepreneurship + Innovation

Twelve of the 20 student-led startups chosen for Arizona State University’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative for the 2016-2017 academic year are led by Fulton Schools students.

“The fact that more than half of this year’s Edson awards are going to engineering students is indicative of the entrepreneurial mindset that has been activated within the Fulton Schools,” says Brent Sebold.

Sebold oversees the eSeed Challenge, the premiere venture development program for engineering students at ASU.

The success of engineering students in winning Edson awards “shows that our students not only have great ideas, but they have the guts to make them a reality and take the plunge into the challenging and messy realm of entrepreneurship,” Sebold says.

Along with Scott Shrake, the director of the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, Sebold also co-directs Generator Labs, a 6,500-square-foot workspace for enterprising students who are being supported by both Edson and eSeed while transforming their ideas into startups.

The Edson Initiative offers 20 student teams a year up to $20,000 each in seed funding, office space at SkySong, the Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation Center, mentorship and training to advance their ventures. The teams will spend the next year in the intensive startup accelerator focused on helping the students execute their business models, deliver their products or services and create local jobs.

Read more about the 12 selected Fulton Startups here.