Startup Support

by Mike Hunter

Last month’s ASU Innovation Open attracted support from the established business community for upcoming startups.

The ASUio is the largest student venture competition in the southwestern United States. University students from across the nation and from all disciplines participate in a series of competitive rounds to showcase the power of entrepreneurship in tackling the world’s most challenging problems.

Avnet, a leading global technology distributor, partnered with Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering to sponsor the competition to the tune of a $100,000 grand prize. Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean Kyle Squires notes additional benefit: “Our partnership with Avnet means that all of the finalists, not just the winning team, benefit from Avnet’s broad platform of resources — from business and marketing guidance to access to supply chain and technology solutions. Avnet brings to the competition the same entrepreneurial mindset that we value here at ASU.”

Other sponsors for the 2018 ASUio include ON Semiconductor, Salt River Project, Zero Mass Water and Hool Coury Law.

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