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ASU Kern Grant Student Funding Opportunities

Entrepreneurial Mindset = C³

The entrepreneurial mindset (EM) is a problem-solving approach that begins with curiosity about our changing world, connecting information from various resources to gain insight, and identifying unexpected opportunities to create value.

Can I build it? Or SHOULD I build it?

Curiosity: What solutions currently exist? What alternatives have been considered? What resources are available? Are those resources sustainable?

Connections: Has input been received from other sources? Is the solution appealing to all stakeholders? Has the client/customer/user been considered?

Creating Value:  Will this be a sustainable solution? What is the societal and economic value? Will this be a culturally acceptable solution? Why would this solution be favored over others?


Applications for KEEN student grants have closed through our project’s funding cycle (August 2020). Congratulations to all our awardees!


Check out these other great funding opportunities for Fulton and ASU students:

KEEN Student Mini Grants (KSMG)

Are you or your student organization interested in hosting an event or workshop? Working on your own idea or project? Presenting at a conference?

The KSMG is open to individuals or student organizations to support entrepreneurial-minded campus events, projects or conference presentations and attendance. This opportunity is available to all Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering students and student organizations.

KEEN Student Research Grants (KSRG)

Need additional funding for your FURI Research? Not a FURI student and interested in conducting research that integrates the entrepreneurial mindset?

The KSRG will sponsor select students proposing research that includes the entrepreneurial values, with specific emphasis on highlighting connections and creating value. Research can be academically focused or industry-based. This opportunity is available to all Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering students.

Interested students or current KEEN student awardees can direct all questions to: Kristen Peña, ASU Kern Grant Program Coordinator, Sr. at

The ASU Kern Project partners with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering education on a national scale. Funded by The Kern Family Foundation, the project aims to: (1) develop a set of resources that support mentorship of engineering faculty in building a community of practice that values quality teaching, impactful research, and instilling a collaborative and entrepreneurial mindset; and (2) impact ASU engineering students through curricular and co-curricular approaches by weaving the entrepreneurial mindset into courses and student engagement activities.

Entrepreneurial Catalysts (EC’s)

The Entrepreneurial Catalysts provide coaching on incorporating  the Entrepreneurial Mindset/3C’s into the project design and ideation process, and related technical advice on the maker space environment and equipment

ASU Kern Grant Team

Learn more about the group of faculty and staff who are committed to incorporating the Entrepreneurial Mindset in engineering education at ASU.


Twenty-five case studies that tell the story of FSE’s multi-year initiative to more fully and deeply integrate Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) throughout its core, co-, and extra-curricular programs.