Ecosystem Builder Interview with Kristin Slice of Arizona State University

It is so important for every type of entrepreneur to have a seat at the table because there is strength in experiences from all walks of life and that strength is going to be what keeps other entrepreneurs motivated to move ideas forward. This week, episode 2 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about generating inclusivity and accessibility in entrepreneurship!

CO.STARTERS Generator is a modular self-paced program that helps middle school, high school, and college students explore their passions through generating, testing, and launching ideas for businesses and social ventures. With the ability to participate individually or with a classroom or community group, CO.STARTERS Generator is a great way to inspire youth with the vision, enthusiasm, and tenacity needed to move from idea to action.

In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest, Kristin Slice are sharing the importance of moving the conversation around entrepreneurship forward and creating a pipeline to support entrepreneurs within our communities.


Kristin Slice

Building Vibrant Entrepreneurial Communities | Scottsdale, Arizona


In this episode, we sat down with Kristin Slice of the Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University. At the time of our interview, Kristin’s title was Senior Program Manager, Peoria Forward, Community Entrepreneurship. She is now the Director of Community Entrepreneurship. 

We first crossed paths with Kristin when she and a RISE Collaborative team member were both in a professional development course offered through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Kristin’s deep expertise and understanding of entrepreneurship-led economic development of ecosystem building are simply exceptional. We were thrilled when she accepted our invitation to be a guest on our podcast. 

Podcast Episode Coming Soon

Key Takeaways

  • How do we define entrepreneurship, why it is so important for entrepreneurship to be inclusive, and how we can wipe away the power dynamics we have held onto to create these inclusive opportunities. 
  • Using “catalyst drivers” to identify, empower, and give a platform to create innovative and quality programs for the benefit of the communities they serve. 
  • Kristin’s advice for adapting and pivoting to a virtual environment. 
  • The ways Kristin’s program leverages students to exemplify the entrepreneurial culture and journey early on in hopes of building the future of entrepreneurship from the ground up. 
  • The importance of fostering a culture of leadership that promotes creative freedom to solve issues and promote economic growth in a new way. 

About the Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University

The J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute serves as the connecting and collaborating resource across ASU and the greater Phoenix community, as well as a national and international resource.

Entrepreneurial thinking is more than a skill. It’s a mindset—one that manifests itself across all majors and programs at ASU. Learn more at