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Jordan MaraJordan Mara, a member of the UA men's track and field team, participated in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program this year.
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Entrepreneurial Experience : McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Attracts Student Athletes

June 2011

By Liz Warren-Pederson

The McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is an intensive, year-long experience that demands countless hours, dedicated teamwork, and top performance at high-stakes presentations to judges and angel investors. It’s no wonder that the program attracts tough competitors — not just honors students and extracurricular leaders, but intercollegiate athletes as well.

Two such athletes — tennis player Ariane Masschelein and distance runner Jordan Mara — completed the program this year.

“I was looking for a great tennis program as well as a good business school, and Arizona gave me both,” Belgian-born Masschelein said. In addition to completing the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, she also finished her accounting degree in May.

Distance runner Jordan Mara came to the UA from his native Vancouver for the track and field program. The marketing major said he heard a lot about the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program throughout his time at the Eller College. “It was clearly viewed as a prestigious program and I wanted to be a part of that,” he said. “Both of my parents are entrepreneurs, so it has always been in my life, and this seemed like a good stepping stone to begin my own entrepreneurial journey.”

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