Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Venture Development Program

The Center of Excellence for Energy will host a Venture Development Program. Led by Dr. Brent Sebold, Arizona State University’s director of Entrepreneurship + Innovation in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, this program will teach faculty key concepts and implementation strategies for entrepreneurial endeavors. Participants will develop a concept from ideation to pitch creation. Selected teams may receive seed money to further grow their concepts into pitch presentations.

Foundations of Entrepreneurship Seminar: October 22, 2023

In the Foundations of Entrepreneurship seminar, faculty participants will be introduced to key organizational capacity development constructs as well as technology transfer-related concepts and models. Workshops will include lean startup and evidence-based entrepreneurial methods to discover problem solution fits and readiness for product-market fit.

Venture Development Workshop: October 23 – 24, 2023

During this three-part workshop, participants will be able to catalyze the first three Cs of the Entrepreneurship + Value Creation methodology:

  • Care
  • Curiosity
  • Customer Development

Teams will work together to identify the market need, create an outline of their concept, develop a value proposition, and complete competitive analysis. They will develop their business venture and have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Sebold individually to further advance their concept and presentation.

At the conclusion of the Venture Development workshop segment in Egypt, participating teams will pitch their proposals to a selection committee and the top teams may receive seed grant funding to advance their ventures.

Virtual Incubator and Mentoring

Selected teams will continue on to participate in a series of virtual seminars and mentoring from October 2023 – January 2024. By the end of this virtual incubator, participants will be able to catalyze the final four Cs of the Entrepreneurship + Value Creation methodology:

  • Contextual Connectivity
  • Creativity
  • Creating Value
  • Cash

With the guidance of their mentors, teams will develop a second and third draft of their proposals culminating in a presentation of their work in January 2024. At this time, all teams should all have a fully developed business venture plan to utilize and the tools to continue to develop and market their business venture.

If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

Entrepreneurship Seminars and Workshop Schedule:

September 20, 2023, 5:00 – 6:00pm (Cairo time): Informational Session (virtual)
October 22, 2023:
Foundations of Entrepreneurship Seminar at Ain Shams University
October 23 – 24, 2023:
Value Development Workshop and Program Commencement at Ain Shams University


Meet Dr. Sebold

Meet the Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Venture Development lead: Arizona State University’s Brent Sebold, PhD

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Dr. Brent Sebold
Director of Entrepreneurship + Innovation
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University

Dr. Sebold is an expert faculty designer and administrator of university-based entrepreneurship and innovation programs at Arizona State University. Brent’s expertise also includes the design and leadership of impactful collegiate engagement programs for universal learners. (More)