Collegiate Entrepreneurs Gear Up for New Venture Showcase
Students in Top-Ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College Prepare for April 23 Final Event.
TUCSON, Ariz. – April 19, 2010 – A year of hard work for 100 students enrolled in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management — just ranked fourth among public graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report — culminates Friday, April 23, with the annual new venture showcase.
All 24 new venture teams will present their concepts to a judging panel in a fast-paced “rocket pitch” format. The judges will select finalists to deliver in-depth, investment-quality pitches.
“One team will walk away with top honors, but this event is really a showcase for our amazing pool of talent,” says McGuire Center director Sherry Hoskinson. “McGuire students work hard to generate innovative solutions to a wide range of market problems, and push themselves to consider their ventures from all angles as they prepare for the final event.”
Among the 2010 ventures is Re+, which provides consumers with purified water through single-serve water bottle refill kiosks; Truckitnow.com, a Priceline.com for consumers who need to connect with movers; 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.
Through a unique partnership with the James E. Rogers College of Law — the Business-Law Exchange — all McGuire teams work with law students to investigate the myriad legal issues surrounding their new ventures. New to the showcase this year, law students will present on issues in entrepreneurship and law that they’ve encountered over the year-long experience, as well as specific challenges they faced with this year’s venture teams.
In addition to the new venture showcase, the McGuire Center will present 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
New Venture Showcase Details
The New Venture Showcase runs from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the UA’s McClelland Hall (1130 East Helen Street, Tucson) and is sponsored by Grubb & Ellis. All events are free and open to the public.
- 12:30 - Rocket Pitch: All teams present three-minute pitches to a judging panel.
- 2:45– Business-Law Exchange Presentation and Final Pitches
- 4:30 – Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Reception & Awards
RSVP for the reception is requested: 520.621.2576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details on all 2010 ventures and award recipients is available on www.McGuireExperience.com, a web project featuring videos, blogs, photos, and more details on every aspect of the McGuire Experience.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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