Glendale Community College Offers for Poder Entrepreneurial Program
Kendra Swensen, a GCC faculty member working within the business department,
announced that the ASU business program, Poder Entrepreneurial, will again be available for
GCC students in the fall of 2018. The purpose of this program is to educate students to know
more about businesses and how to be successful as a business owner. Students can potentially
earn a grant for a business, organizers say.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for any GCC student with a business idea that addresses
a community or social need with the use of technology and the IOT to be able to develop their
idea with support and resources and potentially be able to obtain seed money to take their idea to
market,” Kendra Swensen, one of two facilitators for the Poder program this spring, said.
The registration is available online on Entrepreneurship.asu.edu/poder. Every student’s
application has to be submitted by March 8 to be eligible for the Poder program. Poder is five
weeks social entrepreneurship training program. This program has no GPA requirements and no
“Poder students are eligible to compete in the Cisco Innovation Challenge for awards to
launch or grow social entrepreneurship projects,” stated an announcement from the ASU
Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Poder entrepreneurial program was available for the first
time to GCC students from March, 1 to April, 17, but will become available to GCC students
again in the fall.
The Poder program is open to all Maricopa Community Colleges. The colleges selected
beside GCC are the Estrella Mountain Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise
Valley Community College and South Mountain Community College. All students of these
campuses are eligible to apply for this program.
Students have an opportunity learn about projects such as social services, food and
restaurant, retail, and medical opportunities, alongside civic engagement, environmental
activism, art and performance, education, technology services and others through Poder.
After students finish Poder courses, they will have a chance to open their own businesses.
“Students will have an opportunity to earn ASU’s Cisco corporate grant funding,” the organizers
of Poder said. Cisco Innovation Challenge is funding a program that all Poder students are
eligible for. The ASU grant funding is going to be three places 1st place: $5,000 2nd place:
$3,000 3rd place: $2,000.
“The grant and this Poder program is scheduled to run through the fall semester of 2018,”
Swensen, said. The students who were missing the advantage for this semester, he or she still has
an opportunity to apply for fall of 2018.