Obesity Solutions Challenge winners announced

April 24, 2013

Winners in the Obesity Solutions Challenge were officially announced April 1.

The funding challenge, which opened Feb. 1, offered entrepreneurs with ideas to combat obesity the chance to win up to $10,000 in seed funding for their venture, along with office space, mentoring and the opportunity to present their ideas to real-world investors through ASU’s Venture Catalyst Program.   Download Full Image

Four winners were announced from nine finalists chosen to present their ideas to the judging panel March 26. Entries were judged on the proposed solution’s potential impact on the obesity epidemic, the strength of the team, innovation, and the sustainability of the solution.

The winning teams demonstrated the passion and diversity of the larger ASU community, and included a staff-led team, a student team, a faculty team, and a team of high school students under the leadership of an ASU alum.

The winners of the challenge are:

• Alien Health Game

• Nutritional Health Awareness

• Newtrition

• Stand and Move

The Obesity Solutions Funding Challenge is a great example of ASU’s commitment to health and wellness, as well as its dedication to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation within the community. 

“ASU is an institution that deeply values the entrepreneurial spirit, that lets people go and try something new – or to see if it works," says Alexis Brewis Slade, director of operations. "This funding challenge is about providing the support to see if that idea has wings."

For more information, visit obesitysolutions.asu.edu/challenge.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

ASU, Scottsdale library launch first collaboration space in Alexandria Co-Working Network

April 24, 2013

ASU and the Scottsdale Public Library are partnering to create the first collaborative workspace in the Alexandria Co-Working Network, a new ASU initiative that brings together inventors, problem-solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in collaboration spaces in community libraries across Arizona.

Named for the world’s first library in Alexandria, Egypt, the initiative is designed to create a statewide network of collaboration spaces for public use. It combines elements of co-working spaces with expert library fact-finding services and ASU startup resources in one place where innovators, entrepreneurs and others can gather to share ideas and work together. The collaboration spaces are free and open to the public during normal library operating hours. In addition to meeting space, there will be featured speakers, mentors, tools to help entrepreneurs move their business ideas forward and access to critical information. Download Full Image

The Scottsdale Public Library is the first library to join the Alexandria Co-Working Network. Other spaces will be launched in libraries throughout Arizona on a rolling basis.

The grand opening of the Scottsdale Public Library's new collaboration space will take place Thursday, May 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new space and hear remarks from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and ASU Senior Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise Development Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan. There also will be an announcement about which Arizona libraries will be next to join the Alexandria Co-Working Network.

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