Center for Entrepreneurship - Award Requirements

Award Requirements

To launch businesses that disrupt industries and change the way we think and act, the W. P. Carey School of Business and members of the Igniter Board have partnered to ignite disruptive innovation among students at Arizona State University.

The Sun Devil Igniter Challenge:

  • Seeks unproven, wild ideas with the potential to disrupt an industry
  • Considers ideas and teams that develop futuristic and unusual solutions to today’s environmental and business challenges
  • Invests in teams committed to exploring and validating adventurous ideas through innovative thinking and hard work
  • Selects the team that demonstrates the strongest potential for a business model that is compelling and will significantly impact a market to receive investment and advisement

Timeline and Milestones

ASU students, either as individuals or teams, may submit ideas through October 20, 2014. The Igniter Board will review the submissions and select up to five finalists to receive $5,000 seed funding for their registered business entity to achieve one or more milestones from November 17, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Our Sun Devil Igniter – the winning finalist – will be selected by the Igniter Board at a live pitch event on February 5, 2015. The Sun Devil Igniter will receive a $50,000 investment in their idea and the assignment of the Igniter Board as their company board.

How To Apply

Ideas and team information must be submitted by October 20, 2014. Your ideas should be submitted via online video (Vimeo or YouTube is preferred) and should not exceed five minutes in length. Passwords are acceptable if needed and noted in application.

Submissions should address:

  1. What is your business and what product/service will you offer? Please ensure this is a clear, concise, and persuasive statement.
  2. What is the problem you are solving or opportunity you wish to exploit? How does the industry currently operate?
  3. How will your product or service address this opportunity?
  4. Is the technology built?
  5. Who is the market and how big is it (i.e., market potential)?
  6. How much do you know about the market?
  7. How is your idea disruptive?
  8. Who are your current and potential competitors and how are you different?
  9. How will your product/service be monetized (i.e., how will you make your money)?
  10. Why do you care and how committed are you?
  11. Who is on your team and what value do they add?
  12. How would you spend the initial $5,000 to achieve a milestone? What are your key milestones?
  13. How would you utilize the $50,000 Igniter Board investment?

dates to remember

October 20, 2014: Application deadline

November 17, 2014: Finalists announced
$5,000 awarded

February 5, 2015: Presentation event
$50,000 awarded to winner

Contact Us

Center for Entrepreneurship
W. P. Carey School of Business
P.O. Box 874006
Tempe, Arizona 85287-4006
Phone: (480) 965-0474
Fax: (480) 727-6185
WPCEntrepreneurship@asu.edu