ASU is measured not by who they exclude but by who they include and how they succeed. Entrepreneurship + Innovation (E+I) is striving to increase inclusion in entrepreneurship and better meet the needs of diverse entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship + Innovation at ASU recently won a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Inclusion Challenge. They are kicking off a new initiative to use design thinking to support entrepreneurship program leaders in:
- Better understanding the needs of female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color
- Coming up with many ideas of how to better meet those needs, and
- Testing and iterating on those ideas (with $5,000 of seed funding), seeking to create potential best practices around inclusion that can then be shared with other groups.
As participants of Empowered PhXX, we know you care deeply about inclusion in entrepreneurship. There are two ways you can support this effort.
Second, in design thinking it is critical to understand the desires, needs, and lives of the people who will be using the program being designed. In order to do that, the participating program leaders will need to talk with the experts: YOU, female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color. This will mean that programs will be shaped around the information you share, in informal interviews, with the program leaders. If you can share your expertise on the morning of February 16th, please reach out to Susan Halverson with any questions, and register here. It is also especially important to get the perspectives of female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color who are NOT participating in programs/groups/resources. So please encourage your friends who aren’t involved to register and attend with you!