Q&A: Creating an entrepreneurial mind-set


February 22, 2017

National Entrepreneurship Week and Phoenix Startup Week both kicked off Monday.

At ASU, entrepreneurship is a core value. The university’s Entrepreneurship + Innovation team is ready to work with faculty, staff, students and community members with mentorship opportunities, seed funding, office space, training and opportunities for collaboration at all stages from ideation to ready for market. Ji Mi Choi is ASU’s associate vice president of Entrepreneurship + Innovation Ji Mi Choi is ASU’s associate vice president of Entrepreneurship + Innovation. Download Full Image

Ji Mi Choi is ASU’s associate vice president of Entrepreneurship + Innovation.

Question: What is an entrepreneurial mind-set, and how does ASU help foster that mind-set?

Answer: At ASU, our goal is to be of service to students, faculty and our community. We aim to nurture an entrepreneurial mind-set, which means supporting the growth of curiosity, helping people build connections, and working to create value from ideas. ASU provides a wealth of opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation geared toward nearly any interest, idea or audience.

Q: If a faculty or staff member, student or member of the community has an idea, what ASU resources are available to them?  

A: A broad outline of programs and services can be found on our website at https://entrepreneurship.asu.edu/. In addition, ASU offers a number of undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurial degree programs. A few examples of resources and programs include:

ASU Venture Devils, which supports student entrepreneurs who are launching ventures in a range of developmental stages.

The ASU Mentor Network is available to anyone at ASU or in the community with an idea interested in learning more about finance, marketing, legal operations and scaling, business development and sales, manufacturing and more.

We also offer programs like Prepped, for early-stage and emerging food businesses, and SparXX, for women beginning to explore entrepreneurship and business ownership.

Additional information about our various funding opportunities, programs and technology commercialization resources can be found online.

Q: Are regional resources available for entrepreneurs who live outside of Tempe?

A: Absolutely. Finding the right space to build ideas and get creative is important to aspiring entrepreneurs. Some of our spaces include the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, 1951@SkySong in Scottsdale, Changemaker Central, the Inno-NATIONS tribal business collision community, and mkrservices at Hayden Library in Tempe.

ASU Startup School, a self-paced online course, is another resource available for anyone interested in learning more about how to develop a successful venture. 

Leslie Minton

ASU center receives Dignity Health Grant Award for community collaboration


February 22, 2017

You don’t have to imagine families living in a community where fear, cultural attitudes, and economic disadvantages persist. It is reality in many areas of the Phoenix metro area. The good news is many community organizations are partnering to help these areas.

The Center for Health Information and Research (CHiR), in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, is the recipient of a collaborative award from the Dignity Health Community Grants Program. The "Healthy Kiddos, Healthy Communities" Community of Care consists of Keogh Health Connection, Isaac School District, Valle del Sol, Inc, St. Joseph’s Family and Medicine Practice, and CHiR. group photo Download Full Image

“I believe this is a great opportunity for CHiR to work hand-in-hand with health providers, educators and support service individuals in our community,” said Gevork Harootunian, CHiR data manager and senior statistical programmer. “It’s expanding the types of data we analyze at CHiR and increasing our knowledge in managing electronic medical record data. We’re also designing and gathering data that is not directly health data, such as the student educational records, but they are a very important part of the social determinants of health.”

"Healthy Kiddos, Healthy Communities" will focus on families in the 85009, 85019, and 85035 zip codes of Phoenix, which have been identified as areas of highest need by St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Community Health Needs Assessment. These areas have above-average poverty levels, unmet health/social service needs, and language/cultural barriers to accessing care and resources. The Isaac School District is leveraging its access to more than 7,500 children in 11 schools to reach out to the needy families through an integrated service delivery approach with all of the partners to eliminate barriers to care, deliver culturally appropriate services, and educate and empower the community from a health and social perspective.

This 12–18 month intervention program will identify and assess at-risk children and families residing in the Isaac School District, providing access to primary care, mental health services, education, workshops on chronic disease self-management and enrollment in social services. CHiR will provide data management services and conduct the statistical analysis to evaluate the outcomes and impact of the program. "Healthy Kiddos, Healthy Communities" is one of only six proposals funded this year by Dignity Health grants program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Keogh Health Connection and Valle del Sol were already partners with Isaac School District. CHiR is proud to be part of such a great team of community workers who daily interact with individuals and families with great needs. Our analytical expertise will allow this program to collect the metrics needed to adjust and improve its service delivery for the betterment of this community.