GCSP Entrepreneurial Experience: Sustainability

In June 2019, ASU hosted 25 Grand Challenge Scholar Program students from across the nation to explore the GCSP theme of sustainability. Students researched, designed and developed a product/service and a business plan. Participants of the program collaborated on a multi-institution team to:

  • Explore applications of sustainability in non-profit, public, government, and private sectors
  • Make industry connections and explore real world applications
  • Make progress towards the Viable Business/Entrepreneurship Competency of GCSP
  • Explore Arizona with field trips, site visits, and tours in the local and regional area
  • Build their resume by gaining marketable skills desired by industry


Projects from local industry clients from summer 2019 under the sustainability theme included:

  • Composting
  • Water filtration
  • Solar
  • Recycling plastics
  • Sustainable parking lots


Experiences also included:

  • Conservation tour at the Grand Canyon National Park
  • Sustainability tour of the Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks!)
  • Industry tours and talks from sustainability related industry and labs
  • Technical skills sessions to support development of project prototypes
  • Project pitches during each phase of the experience


This immersive experience was open to all GCSP students. We welcomed students from all institutions! This unique experience allowed multi-institution teams to collaborate on applications of sustainability and hands-on project based learning.


The GCSP Entrepreneurial Experience took place at: Tooker House on the Arizona State University Tempe Campus.


This was a 3-week experience, with welcome celebrations on June 9, 2019 and programming that lasted until June 28, 2019.