The City of Chandler and ASU Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Present the Inaugural East Valley Innovation Night Event

March 8, 2024
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CHANDLER, Ariz. —  The City of Chandler and ASU Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation are thrilled to invite community members, entrepreneurs, innovators, and startup enthusiasts to the inaugural East Valley Innovation Night Event. This exciting celebration promises to showcase the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem thriving in the East Valley.

Scheduled for Thursday, March 14, from 5 - 8 p.m., the event will take place at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center located at 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler.

The East Valley Innovation Night Event is set to be an unforgettable gathering where creativity, collaboration, and the entrepreneurial spirit will converge. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations, forge new connections, and be inspired by the diverse range of ideas taking shape in the region.

The event will feature several highlights, including:

  • Live Pitch Competition: Witness firsthand as entrepreneurs showcase their innovative ideas in a thrilling pitch competition.
  • Hands-on demonstrations: Entrepreneurs across the East Valley will demonstrate their technology and prototypes. 
  • Tabling Opportunities: Explore various booths featuring innovative startups, organizations, and resources shaping the entrepreneurial landscape.
  • Entrepreneurship Resources: Discover a wealth of resources available to support entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey.
  • Mentor Moments: Schedule a 3-minute one-on-one session with topic experts to gain valuable insights and guidance.
  • Keynote Presentation by Tracey Dodenhoff, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at ASU: Tracey Dodenhoff will share insights and perspectives on the state of entrepreneurship and innovation in the East Valley.
  • Welcome remarks by Tadd Wille, Chandler Assistant City Manager, will kick off the celebration.

"We are excited to host the inaugural East Valley Innovation Night Event, bringing together the brightest minds and innovative ideas from our community," said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. "This event underscores our commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the East Valley."

"We are proud to collaborate with many East Valley partners to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit thriving in the East Valley," said Kristin Slice, Director of Community Entrepreneurship at the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University. "We invite the whole community, including families and supporters to join us for an evening of inspiration, connection, and celebration."

Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of this dynamic event that celebrates entrepreneurship and innovation in the East Valley. Mark your calendars for March 14 and join us at the East Valley Innovation Night Event!

For more information and to register, visit ASU Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Events.

About ASU Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation:
ASU Edson E+I is a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation at Arizona State University, providing resources, mentorship, and support to help all entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality.

Media contact:
Stephanie Romero

City of Chandler, Public Information Officer