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InnovationSpace is a transdisciplinary partnership between the Fulton Schools of Engineering, the W. P. Carey School of Business, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. It is a center for new thinking and collaborative innovation between students, faculty, businesses and society to develop new systems, services and products.

Most methods of innovation result in products that fail to satisfy several important criteria. Some products have great shelf appeal but are poorly engineered, for example, while others function well but score low on aesthetics. Others pass usability and engineering standards but are environmentally unsustainable.

InnovationSpace has pioneered a new model of innovation, known as Integrated Innovation, that seeks to create products that exceed expectations in all these areas.

With knowledgeable faculty and motivated students, InnovationSpace partners with corporations and university researchers to develop product concepts that meet the demands of the marketplace while also improving society and minimizing impacts on the environment.

We offer InnovationSpace partners

  • An extension of your research and development department;

  • Exploration of underserved markets;

  • New applications for existing and emerging technologies;

  • An infusion of entrepreneurial passion;

  • Access to a diverse faculty and the on-campus resources of one of the country's most dynamic universities;

  • Collaboration with ambitious student leaders.

Join us!


Partners + projects

Critical to InnovationSpace's success is the financial support and real-world mentorship from its university and business partners. Projects include support from:

  • Arizona Business Accelerator: Product concepts that improve the daily lives of aging baby boomers;

  • Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (ASU): Product concepts that expand access to printed materials for people who are blind;

  • Center for Nanotechnology in Society (ASU): Nano-based product concepts that protect the freedom, privacy and security of citizens and communities; enhance human health; and ensure equitable access to clean energy;

  • Flexible Display Center (ASU): Product concepts that increase the safety and efficiency of emergency responders;

  • Herman Miller Inc.: Product concepts that improve healing environments for patients and their caregivers;

  • Intel Corp.: Product concepts that support the independence of elders in their home environments;

  • Procter & Gamble: Product concepts for healthy aging in women over 65 as well as health and beauty care products for people who are blind;

  • Dow Corning Corporation: Product concepts that utilize Dow Corning materials in new healthcare applications;

  • majorToy: Product concepts for therapeutic toys that help children master the physical, cognitive and emotional challenges of autism;

  • Disney Consumer Products: Product concepts that promote creativity and encourage physical activity in children;

  • Ray Anderson Foundation: Product concepts that promote access and well-being for wheelchair users;

  • Women & Philanthropy: Product concepts that promote access for people with physical and visual impairments.

  • The Sustainability Consortium: Product concepts that promote the circular economy for small formar packaging.
  • Brett Approved: Product concepts that promote the universal design of a hotel room 

Meet our partners

Casey Smitheran

ASU research scholar reimagines greater access and well-being for people in wheelchairs. Read more.

John Hall and Alex Zautra

ASU’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society helps students consider the social and environmental dimensions of nano-based design. Read more

Stephen Teglas

ASU honors Disney sponsor Stephen Teglas with Alumni Achievement Award. Read more 

Teresa Cardon

ASU expert helps InnovationSpace team design toys for children with autism. Read more

David Guston

ASU’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society helps students consider the social and environmental dimensions of nano-based design. Read more