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Join a community of aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators

Connect with ASU community to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset

What are the Edson E+I Fellows?

The J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute community is a yearlong experience for first-year Sun Devils who want to explore the possibilities of entrepreneurship. As an Edson E+I fellow, you will have opportunities to build your network, develop skills and advance your Arizona State University experience while exploring entrepreneurial ideas and connecting with others.

This is a competitive opportunity for up to 100 incoming first-year students who want to be part of a collective Edson E+I Fellows experience. As an Edson E+I fellow, you will connect to resources and students who are curious about entrepreneurship and innovation before classes even start. Edson E+I fellows also dedicate time outside of class to go to events, connect with other Edson E+I fellows and take advantage of ASU-specific entrepreneurship resources.

The Edson E+I Fellows program is not a scholarship opportunity, but you will be able to apply for funding to further your ideas. It is a way to help make your ideas happen and build a community of entrepreneurs and innovators while in your first year at ASU. The Edson E+I Fellows program is open to students of all majors and academic interests.

Benefits of becoming an Edson E+I Fellow

  • Membership within the Edson E+I Fellows community means connection with other first-year Sun Devils who are curious, creative and excited about the possibilities of entrepreneurship.
  • Invitation-only experiences presented by the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute.
  • Access to mentorship, skill-building and to hear from amazing speakers.
  • Leadership opportunities, including joining an Edson E+I Fellows committee. Current committees include event planning, service and storytelling.
  • Field trips.
  • Swag.
  • And more!

You might be an Edson E+I fellow if you ...

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Are proud that ASU ranked #1 in innovation for six years in a row.

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Want to build meaningful friendships with other Sun Devils through intentional networking.

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Are excited about learning from others, talking about the potential of the future and sharing your own perspectives.

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Want to be in the know about all things entrepreneurship and innovation at ASU.

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Are curious about how entrepreneurship can apply to your future.

Apply today by telling us your story.

The E+I Fellows experience is selective to help ensure meaningful connections and opportunities for all members.


  • First-year students for fall 2023.
  • Competitive GPA.
  • Demonstrated curiosity for innovation (direct startup or past entrepreneurship experience is not required).

Application opens: November 15, 2022
Priority deadline: January 15, 2023
Second deadline*: April 23, 2023
Final deadline*: June 30, 2023

*Space permitting

For more information regarding the E + I Freshman Fellow opportunity, contact:
Bailey Gading
Program Manager
J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute

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