Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

ASU program gives Native American entrepreneurs a boost

The presenter went around the conference room on Friday morning, asking participants if they thought of themselves as entrepreneurs.

Crickets.

Not one of them — eight Native American business owners — raised their hand or said yes.

“We’re taught to be humble in that sense, not to boast,” said Kelsey Haake, a Phoenix-based certified financial manager and estate planner. “We haven’t been ingrained to think ourselves of that way.”

Chinese students learn spirit of entrepreneurship at ASU

Twenty young Chinese people enthusiastically raised their hands when the teacher asked if they used the social app WeChat.

Too bad, he told them.

“The people in America that you’re going to want as resources — networkers, investors — are going to use email,” said Bob Schoenfeld, executive liaison for international student services at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

“Email is the primary form of communication, and the way you use it is incredibly important.”

New education technologies find a test market at ASU

The ASU Draper GSV Accelerator, an initiative to move education technology to the market faster by allowing new ventures to be tested by ASU students and faculty, has announced the program’s first business cohort.

The accelerator is one of ASU’s many entrepreneurship efforts, and it will source, pilot and further validate new products created by higher-education technology companies.