ASU Poder Program Supports Student Entrepreneurs at MCCCD

Sep, 4 2018

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ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation partnered with the Maricopa County Community College District to implement the Poder program at five colleges. Poder is an extracurricular/co-curricular program designed to empower community college students as entrepreneurs and business owners, and inspire them to take on local and global problems using their knowledge and skills.

Any Maricopa Community Colleges student can sign up for the free, five-week program — even if it is not offered at the college where they are enrolled. Current host colleges include: Estrella Mountain Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and South Mountain Community College. This program is supported by the Cisco corporate advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community.

Applications for Fall 2018 are due by September 19, 2018, and students will be notified by September 21, 2018 of acceptance. The program will run from the week of October 1, 2018 through the week of October 29, 2018.

Students attend in-person sessions and complete self-paced virtual modules that teach entrepreneurship skills, how to use technology to maximize their impact, and how to pitch business ideas. Mid-day and evening sessions are available.

Poder students with an ‘Internet of Things’ idea or venture are eligible to compete in the Cisco Innovation Challenge on November 15, 2018 to win seed funding of up to $5,000 to launch their project.

Students may be at any stage of an existing project or may start a project during the program. Admission is not dependent upon prior entrepreneurship experience or a minimum GPA.

For more information, visit Poder, contact poder@asu.edu, or call 480-884-1546.

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