Apply for the Social Innovation Startup Lab by March 28

The Social Innovation Startup Lab, or SISL, hosted by the technological entrepreneurship and management program is an incubator-style, 12-week crash course for social entrepreneurship ventures aiming at social impact. This course allows students to collaborate with industry and explores the use of technology in projects that have the potential to benefit society. Teams may partner with Intel and NXP Semiconductors during their time in SISL.

Each session includes lectures and discussions led by companies experts, mentors, ASU faculty and other guest speakers. Mentorship is provided as students develop their business model, incorporate innovation and design, design prototypes and pitch and iterate. Groups collaborate during teamwork hours in the Makerspace HUB249 located in Chandler, AZ, to work on conceiving and prototyping their projects.

*New this semester: Students may apply to have their social startup project selected for development in a team-based setting or participate as a team member in a project that interests them the most. The teams may receive an e-seed grant to invest in their venture through a pitch competition at the end of the course.

The Social Innovation Startup Lab
Fall 2022 semester (Thursday, August 18, 2022–Friday, December 12, 2022)
Fridays from 8 a.m.–noon
ASU Chandler Innovation Center, 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler

This is an entirely in-person opportunity open to juniors, seniors and graduate students (campus-based or ASU Online) in the Phoenix area, by application only. Technological entrepreneurship and management and other majors’ students will enroll in a three-credit course in Fall 2022 that fulfills the technological entrepreneurship and management focus area, capstone requirements, or elective course in consultation with Program Chair Jason Bronowitz or Lecturer Andrea Cherman.

Before applying to participate in SISL, consider the following requirements:

  • Student must be interested in social entrepreneurship and want to engage in technology projects applied to underserved communities.
  • Student must be available on Friday mornings, as detailed above, to attend the labs in-person mode.
  • Student must be available to engage, commit and collaborate with the success of their team.
  • Student must commit to full participation and completion of the program.

The application process is as follows:

  • Apply online by Monday, March 28, 2022.
  • After TEM faculty review the applications, they will invite selected students to participate and inform those on the waiting list.
  • In April, faculty will notify the selected students and their academic advisors about enrollment permission in the SISL course. Students will be informed of the course # for registration.
  • Course enrollment deadline is Friday, April 29, 2022. If a selected student neither registers nor communicates with Professor Cherman, the seat will be given to the students on the waiting list in order of priority.

This will be the fifth edition of a successful program that TEM faculty started in Fall 2019. If you are confident that this opportunity is for you, please submit an application. Please reach out to Professor Cherman at [email protected] if you have any questions.