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Real-world experience that prepares you for life.

Are you an ambitious, creative thinker with a desire to start something that makes a difference in the world?

Learn more about MS Innovation and Venture Development.

InnovationSpace is a transformative experience, where students build the skills of the future and develop their capacity for collaboration and innovation as they produce extraordinary projects. Sign up for one of the diverse projects and work with clients, sponsors and team members from other schools in a brand new space at the Novus Innovation Center.

purpose + experience + excitement + growth

We’re looking for passionate, motivated students in all majors who want to do work that matters. Explore the 2021/22 projects below.

Putting Data and Technology to Use for Community Health.

Monday 12:15 pm- 3:15 pm

Poor air quality is a major health issue in vulnerable communities. In this course, students will have the opportunity to investigate how we can use raw air quality data currently being collected in South Phoenix, and turn that into information, tools, products and policy that will  protect residents' health. Student ideas might include wearables, interactive maps or dashboards, data visualizations, apps or other tools, and business models that can support them,  to support community health in South Phoenix.  

Bringing a New Technology to Life, and to Market.

Monday 12:15 pm- 3:15 pm

In this course, students will research and develop applications, tools and business models for a brand-new technology from one of the leading scientists at the Fulton Schools of Engineering. Dendrites are unique identifiers with the potential to transform industries and authenticate provenance and purity of products in food and agriculture, fashion and fabrics, among others. If you are interested in business, technology or design, this is an opportunity to investigate potential markets, supply chains, tools and devices and the human systems that affect our global systems. 

Developing a new policing approach for strengthening communities through engagement  

Tuesdays, 4:15-6:45 pm

In this course, teams of students in Design, Business, and Criminal Justice will collaborate on the development of market solutions to improve policing in the United States utilizing newer models of increased community engagement.

C3 stands for Counter Criminal Continuum, a policing approach developed by former Green Berets who pioneered using counter-terrorism techniques focused on strengthening communities. The results have been dramatic and successful, and our challenge is to enhance and scale this program.

Students will learn new discipline-specific knowledge and how to work with diverse stakeholders and tackle complex problems at the intersection of business, design, and criminal justice.

Build a STEAM museum that connects young minds to ASU research.

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Be a part of a student design team to create an exhibit for the new STEAMtank museum at Novus. Students will imagine, research, brand, market, design and create an exhibit that teaches children about STEAM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Math)

For this exciting project, engineers, product designers, museum designers, education designers and marketing specialists will work together to create science exhibits in the STEAMtank - a dedicated exhibit space in the new Novus building

In partnership with:

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
W. P. Carey School of Business
and J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute

InnovationSpace Faculty and Staff

Craig Hedges, Program Director
Jacklyn Collens, Program Coordinator
Christy Brown, Graduate Coordinator
Anthony Kuhn
Rhett Trujillo
Scott Reeves
Marta Berbes
Samantha Perkins


Course description

The InnovationSpace program provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a real-world product-development project. Using the Integrated Innovation model, teams of students from all majors spend one to two semesters researching, developing and refining concepts. Throughout the yearlong program student work includes:

  • exploring user, societal and environmental needs;
  • analyzing market trends and consumer demand; and,
  • investigating new technologies.

All final deliverables are accompanied by proof-of-concept and appearance models as well as detailed Innovation Proposals. These proposals summarize user research; present a product concept; provide engineering specifications; outline a product-communication strategy; chart a comprehensive business plan; and detail a comprehensive roadmap for sustainability.

InnovationSpace is for you if you want to:

  • contribute to a better society
  • engage with top-performing students in other disciplines
  • learn from top-notch faculty and real-world corporate mentors
  • acquire valuable experience in cross-functional teamwork
  • gain a solid grounding in how to commercialize a product

Student spotlights


Javier Chavez

Jennifer Truong

Jennifer K Truong, a finance and marketing major, has been named the Turken Family Outstanding Graduating Senior for the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business for fall 2011. Read more

David Vanderiet

Spotlight on InnovationSpace engineering student David Vanderiet. Read more [PDF]


InnovationSpace alum Chris Miranda and Team PACR featured in Latino Perspectives Magazine Read more

Ah Herman

Heman Au Wins Inaugural Paul Rothstein Scholarship Read more


Jon Paul White

Jon Paul White Wins Second Annual Paul Rothstein Scholarship. Read more

InnovationSpace alumns

Alum taps InnovationSpace for product development, improvements Read more

Raphael Hyde

Industrial design grad Raphael Hyde brings good design to the assistive device market  Read more


Team Nexus Wins Round Two in Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative. Read more

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith, senior industrial design major, cooks up a healthy design. Read more