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Peoria Forward Ventures Win at Demo Day

Several exciting wins for Peoria Forward ventures as we continue to leverage ASU resources, partnerships and expertise to grow the West Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem

Post Date:05/06/2020 2:59 PM

Bisbee Baby connected with Peoria Forward through 1 Million Cups. A recent transplant to the West Valley, Tony searched the internet for ways to connect with the innovation community in his new home. He found 1 Million Cups and attended where he joined with Peoria Forward. After a wayfinding meeting, we connected Tony with various resources, including mentors, and encouraged him to apply for the Venture Devil program. We have continued to work with Tony; he has refined his pitching skills at 1 Million Cups and the West Valley Innovation Alliance. Tony is well-positioned to grow in the coming months.

Peoria resident Jenavi Kasper leads Better Family Products. Jen started working with Peoria Forward after a wayfinding meeting, directed her to Venture Devils to refine her business plan, and access the expertise by the various Venture Devil mentors with retail backgrounds. While working a full-time job, Jen has developed a full business strategy, executed market research, and connected with the Peoria MET to 3-D print her prototype.

Also, this year we launched another partnership with ASU E+I and Amazon for established ventures utilizing Alexa technology. West Valley venture and resource partner Ron Babich connected with the program through a referral from Peoria Forward. Ron's venture Easy Voice was one of the firms to receive grant funding through the program.     

This was the most applications for Demo Day the Venture Devils team has had to date. It appears that the West Valley's family values and focus on simple, innovative technology to address everyday challenges is translating into our founder's developing products and business strategies that stand out in a crowd!

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