INCUBATE, INNOVATE, CREATE!
Date: Wednesday, October 10th
Location: 1951@SkySong-- 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd, Building 1, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257
During this Lunch & Learn session, the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN) Incubator team will be discussing the incubator and how it works to support the Phoenix metro area, innovation and entrepreneurship within the realm of sustainability, and circular economy including the economic benefits of transitioning from a linear to circular economy, ways to engage and inspire your network, and how to implement circular economy/sustainability practices into business. They will also lead the group through a short design challenge activity.
Alicia Marseille, Director of Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN) Incubator
Bio: Alicia Marseille joins Arizona State University as the director of the newly established RISN Incubator, an innovation and enterprise startup accelerator within the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network, or RISN. Alicia has five years of direct experience in economic development, and prior to that she founded and operated an international small business working with a cooperative group of farmers in Haiti to export/import raw green coffee and distributed to wholesalers across the U.S.
Prior to ASU, Alicia was the director of Arizona Women’s Education and Entrepreneur Center, a new U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center, to build, develop and manage the program. Alicia currently is on the Metro Phoenix Export Alliance Advisory Board and Arizona State University’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Management Advisory Board.
She is a highly skilled business analyst and consultant with experience internationally in: public/private partnerships; identifying opportunities, trends, and plans for implementation; logistic solutions; import/export; emerging markets; growth strategies; financial modeling, research and proposal development for funding from international finance organizations such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Amanda Jordan, Program Coordinator for RISN Incubator
Bio: Amanda Jordan is the Program Coordinator for the RISN Incubator, an innovation and early-stage incubator within the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN). The RISN Incubator is a collaboration between Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix. Amanda supports RISN’s existing programs and initiatives while also playing a key operational role in the success and future growth of the incubator by partnering with the innovators on a day-to-day basis, supporting the work within the regional innovation ecosystem, and helping to build critical components and structures for the success moving towards a circular economy.
Prior to ASU, Amanda has held positions in a variety of industries including design and advertising, technology, government and higher education. Amanda has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons The New School for Design and a Master of Sustainability Solutions degree from ASU’s School of Sustainability. During her time in graduate school, she served as a research assistant for ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and interned with the City of Phoenix in Mayor Greg Stanton’s office. Furthermore, she also served a term with AmeriCorps via the Maine Conservation Corps helping to conduct extensive research, analysis, coding and data management aiding in major legislation development for the state of Maine related to conservation, public health, and outdoor recreation.