McGuire Entrepreneurship at Work
McGuire Center Year Concludes with Unprecedented Final Result (with Online Slideshow)
Yakaroni venture team (left to right) — Charles
Crandall, Jen Watson, and Hyo-mi Kim — with
McGuire Center namesake Chris McGuire.
By Liz Warren-Pederson
For the first time ever, the annual McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship year-end showcase competition ended in a tie, with two finalist teams taking top honors.
The judges awarded TruckItNow.com — an online exchange for commercial shippers and trucking companies — and Yakaroni — an internet tool designed to bring grandparents and grandchildren together through an interactive multimedia platform — first place out of the 24 teams.
The 2010 ventures also included Re+, which provides consumers with purified water through single-serve water bottle refill kiosks; G-Fabrications, which gives consumers the ability to design their own aftermarket rims; Just4Kidz, a supplier of Internet safety tools for parents; and InnovAid, which is focused on improving disaster relief response time.
Also new this year, law students from the James E. Rogers College of Law presented the legal issues surrounding each of the ventures; this is the third year law students have worked with the entrepreneurship teams in a mock law firm format. The law students from the finalist teams recapped the ventures’ legal issues for the judging panel, and presented on the experience as a whole.
In addition to the new venture showcase, the McGuire Center presented its annual awards. Since 1985, the Center has honored instructors, entrepreneurs, sponsors, and supporters committed to furthering innovation-focused education and research with an annual suite of awards, each designed to showcase contributions in a specific area:
The 2010 Entrepreneurial Promise Award – Rural Entrepreneurship
The Entrepreneurial Promise Award honors people who have worked to build capacity for others or achieved entrepreneurial success in a rural setting. This year's winners have done both.
- Patrick H. Andrews - CEO, P.C. Andrews Group, LLC
- Christina C. Bell Andrews - Lead Consultant, P.C. Andrews Group, LLC
The 2010 McGuire Center Entrepreneurial Fellow
McGuire Center Entrepreneurial Fellows, a group now 100 strong, are individuals who play a major role in Arizona’s economic development.
- Harry George – Solstice Capital
Business / Law Exchange Award
This award is designed to recognize excellence at the intersection of entrepreneurship and law.
- Mary Kay Kavanagh – Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, James E. Rogers College of Law
Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
This honor celebrates the significant achievements and contributions of alumni and associates of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Robert L. Davis – Grubb & Ellis Company