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Public Entrepreneur Development Academy

Public Entrepreneur Development Academy

The core mission of PEDA is to bring together city leaders, local entrepreneurs, and industry partners to explore ways to accelerate entrepreneurship in government, and to fuel the kind of innovation in our cities that is synonymous with the tech-industry startup culture.  PEDA will be a first-of-its-kind accelerator in the Greater Phoenix Region that teaches government employees entrepreneurial problem-solving skillsets and how to apply them to real-world civic issues. PEDA explores a new model of governmental problem solving and leadership development.


The program will be run over 9 weeks (two four hour blocks per week for the 9 weeks), with the bulk of participants being high level officials in the City of Phoenix. Topics to be covered over the 9 weeks include an introduction to design thinking; ideation – generation of ideas; methods of prototyping; walking through the business model canvas; developing an implementation roadmap; and participating in a pitch night.

Click Here to See the PEDA Workshop Curriculum and Overview


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