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Meet the 10 ASU Idea Teams competing for up to $4m in funding to support the middle class
Lauren Chenarides, Assistant Professor, Morrison School of Agribusiness
This project seeks to develop a digital platform that integrates three major components (health tracking, curriculum development, and resource sharing) into what will serve as a nexus for facilitating information exchange between tribal and non-tribal entities.
College Success AZ, Sylvia Symonds, Edmundo Hidalgo, EOSS
This project seeks to increase FAFSA completion through four levels of engagement offered in English and Spanish in the targeted communities: raising awareness, kickoff events, small group interventions, and by providing 1:1 assistance, layering in ChatBot/AI functionality throughout.
Lindsey Beagley, Founder/CEO of HomeShare Arizona
This project seeks to match college students with older homeowners to rent out living space in exchange for 10-20 hours/week of household maintenance tasks that become more challenging with age (e.g. lawn care, cleaning, grocery shopping, pet care) and/or a reduced rental income.
Chicanos Por la Causa, Kristin Ferguson, Director, Center for Human Capital and Youth Development
This project seeks to create a comprehensive Workforce Engagement Center at Desert Sky Mall to bring together Chicanos Por La Causa’s successful workforce elements in one location, targeting opportunity youth and their families, matching the needs of local employers with the talents of the local workforce.
Thad Miller, Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
This project seeks to form a public-private-partnership to use an autonomous shuttle to provide low cost mobility to middle and low income families. This project will decrease transportation expenditures by up to $5000/year per household, and provide quality, low cost mobility where it is absent.
Patricia Solis, Executive Director, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience
This project seeks to create a knowledge exchange platform (with desktop and mobile app interfaces) using game elements to motivate 10,000 target households to save up to 10% of their annual income by applying tailored heat-related solutions for their homes and health.
Rick Hall, Director of Health Innovation Programs, CONHI
This project seeks to build a workforce pipeline in healthcare from the criminal justice system to reduce avoidable ER visits and reduce recidivism among the formerly incarcerated.
Dan Silverman, Department of Economics, W.P. Carey School of Business
This project seeks to help middle class families with their financial planning in three key areas: 1) improve their financial circumstances 2) appreciate the large consequences of small changes and 3) create simple and effective systems for making those changes.
Bill Symonds, Director, Global Pathways Institute
This project seeks to help students reduce their education costs and debt by shortening time to graduation and help improve students’ earnings prospects by helping them identify future-facing careers in which prospects are more promising.
Pooja Paode, Project Coordinator, Brad Doebbeling, MD, Professor, College of Health Solutions
This project seeks to connect citizen and institutional investors with local investment tools and help them reduce costs and risks associated with local investment and redirect potentially billions in local capital toward Arizona-specific opportunities in local investment.
Meet the ASU Community Advisory Board members who will be supporting ASU Idea Teams through the idea development process
Founder and President, Next Generation Philanthropists
Community and Economic Development Director, City of Phoenix
President and CEO, Valley of the Sun United Way
President and CEO, Black Chamber of Commerce
Terri Wogan Calderon
Executive Director and Partner, Social Venture Partners
President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
CEO and Chairman, Tallwave Capital
Patricia Garcia Duarte
President and CEO, Trellis
President and CEO, AZ Community Foundation
Executive Director, LISC Phoenix