Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurship and Venture Development Program

The Center of Excellence for Energy’s Entrepreneurship and Venture Development Program teaches key concepts and implementation strategies for entrepreneurial endeavors, innovation management, and venture development. Led by Dr. Brent Sebold, Arizona State University’s director of Entrepreneurship + Innovation in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the program includes in-person and online seminars, along with a venture development workshop comprising a virtual incubator and mentoring. The workshop outcome is a venture demo day, featuring venture pitches to a selection committee for potential seed grant funding.

University Entrepreneurship and Venture Development Seminar
February 25, 2024, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Cairo time)
Ain Shams University, Faculty of Engineering, Palestine Hall

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to lead, support, or participate in University Entrepreneurship and Venture Development programs that comprise a proven entrepreneurial mindset, innovation management, and venture development models, specifically as they relate to engineering.

Part 1: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
In the first segment of the seminar, participants will learn the importance of cultivating engagement and learning opportunities that promote entrepreneurial thinking and innovation management methods as a means of identifying candidates for venture development courses and programs.

Part 2: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
In the second segment, participants will learn how to design, manage, and scale startup mentoring programs, innovation spaces, and funding competitions tailored to any university ecosystem.

Find out what to expect. Here is a sneak preview!

Venture Development Workshop: Venture Demo Day
February 27, 2024, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Cairo time)
Ain Shams University, Faculty of Engineering, ICHEP Building, MPU Hall, Ground Floor

Technology startup fans will watch six COE faculty-led venture founders from Ain Shams, Mansoura, and Aswan universities as they pitch their fully developed business proposals. These founders are competing for their share of $8,000 in available seed grant funding, provided by USAID, while benefiting from the valuable insights of VIP judges.

Venture Demo Day marks the culmination of the teams’ efforts after participating in the COE Venture Development Workshop, which included a virtual incubator and mentoring since October 2023.

Attendees will have the opportunity to understand the founders’ processes, exploring their journeys from ideation to pitch creation. A networking reception with the opportunity to engage with Dr. Sebold and university faculty, administrators, and aspiring innovators will follow.

Learn more about the Venture Development Workshop here.

Entrepreneurship Seminars and Workshop Schedule:

September 20, 2023, 5:00 – 6:00pm (Cairo time): Informational Session (virtual)
October 23, 2023, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Foundations of Entrepreneurship Seminar (virtual)
February 25, 2024:
University Entrepreneurship and Venture Development Seminar
February 27, 2024:
Venture Development Workshop: Cohort 1 Venture Demo Day

Meet Dr. Sebold

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

Previous Program Sessions

Foundations of Entrepreneurship Seminar (Virtual): October 23, 2023

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

Venture Development Workshop Kickoff (Virtual): October 23, 2023

Participants catalyzed the first three Cs of the Entrepreneurship + Value Creation methodology: Care, Curiosity, and Customer Development. After collaborating to identify market needs, create an outline of their concepts, develop value propositions, and complete competitive analyses, teams met individually with Dr. Sebold to further advance their concepts.

Incubator and Mentoring (Virtual): October 2023 – February 2024

Selected teams participated in virtual seminars and mentoring, catalyzing the final four Cs of the Entrepreneurship + Value Creation methodology: Contextual Connectivity, Creativity, Creating Value, and Cash. With mentor guidance, teams developed second and third drafts of their proposals. In February 2024, all teams should 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].

Professor speaking with video board behind him

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)