City renews contract for Chandler Endeavor program

July 8, 2024
Event at  Chandler Endeavor Venture Innovation Incubator program

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler City Council recently approved a one-year agreement between the city and the Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of Arizona State University, to continue the Chandler Endeavor Venture Innovation Incubator program — a business incubator and ecosystem building services —  to support local entrepreneurs and startup companies while engaging with the community. 

The program will continue to be housed at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center in downtown Chandler and managed by leaders from ASU's J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute. The agreement will continue through June 30, 2025. Nearly 1,000 people have been engaged with the program.

Chandler entrepreneurs interested in connecting with likeminded individuals and resources to grow their ideas are encouraged to utilize Chandler Endeavor’s free programs. Several events occur each month, including:

  • Monthly Forums: Topic-driven events that delve into crucial topics to propel the growth of your venture. Includes self-guided online courses, group discussion and fireside chats with local entrepreneurs. A new series of monthly forums will start in September.
  • Pitch In: A free community event to pitch your idea and get real-time feedback and resources. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with other local business owners and entrepreneurs. Pitch In is held every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, starting up this September.
  • Coffee + Connections: Explore the connections in your community with conversations on innovation and being an entrepreneur. Network with peers and mentors while enjoying snacks and refreshments. Coffee + Connections is held the third Wednesday of each month, starting again in September.
  • Venture Challenge: This signature event includes a pitch competition where entrepreneurs are judged by a panel of experts and have a chance at winning funding to help implement their business plans. This challenge event is held twice per year, planned for December 2024 and May 2025.

Interested entrepreneurs are encouraged to stop by the ASU Chandler Innovation Center (ACIC), located at 249 E. Chicago St. in downtown Chandler, to meet the Chandler Endeavor team and explore opportunities to connect. Learn more at Chandler Endeavor.

Media contact:
Stephanie Romero
Public Information Officer, City of Chandler