Empowering entrepreneurial skills is the goal of Poder, a free, five-week program offered through Arizona State University, and held at five Maricopa Community Colleges this March and April. All students enrolled at a participating Maricopa Community College are eligible to apply.
Students attend in-person sessions and complete self-paced virtual modules that teach entrepreneurship skills to solve community issues, personal success strategies, and how to use technology to maximize their positive impact on the world.
Applications are due by Wednesday, March 1, and students will be notified by March 8. The program runs from March 20 through the week of April 17 after which participants will be asked to submit a video of their project. Selected projects will be notified by April 26.
Mid-day and/or evening sessions will be held at the following participating colleges: Estrella Mountain Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and South Mountain Community College.
Admission is not dependent upon prior entrepreneurship experience or a minimum GPA. Students may be at any stage of existing projects or may start one during the program.
The program is supported by grant funding from the Cisco corporate advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Poder students are also eligible to join the Cisco Innovation Challenge to compete for a first place prize of $5,000 of seed funding to launch or continue a project.
For more information, visit the ASU Poder web page, call 480-884-1546, or contact [email protected].