UA student startups to compete for $40K in prizes at the McGuire New Venture Competition April 28

UA student startups to compete for $40K in prizes at the McGuire New Venture Competition April 28
April 20, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz., April 28, 201719 new ventures developed by more than 80 undergraduate and graduate University of Arizona students in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program will compete for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes at the McGuire New Venture Competition, a rapid-fire rocket pitch competition and interactive trade show on April 28. The McGuire Program is an offering of the top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, at the UA’s Eller College of Management. 

Student startups include sensor technology for self-driving cars, virtual reality home tours, socially responsible cosmetics, a treatment for autoimmune diseases, and more. See a full list of venture teams at Each team will present a 3-minute pitch before a panel of five judges that includes successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, corporate innovators, and McGuire Program alumni. 

The $40,000 in cash and prizes has been generously donated by our event sponsors: Microsoft, StageXchange, Connect Coworking, and The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. The grand prize is $10,000 and Microsoft, the McGuire Center’s 2017 Annual Social Impact Partner, is giving a $5,000 Social Impact Award.

The McGuire Program is an intensive experiential education program open to UA undergraduate seniors and graduate students across all fields of study. Students accepted into the competitive entry program spend a year transforming an innovation from an early-stage idea to a sustainable launch-ready venture. Through a combination of classroom instruction, intensive practical work, and close guidance from experienced entrepreneurship mentors in residence, students leave the McGuire Program equipped with the mindset and skills necessary to excel as innovators and entrepreneurs in any career path.

If You Go

McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase

April 28, 9 a.m. - First Round Rocket Pitches
10:45 a.m. - Business/Law Exchange Presentation
11:30 a.m. - Trade Show & Food Trucks
12:30 p.m. - Finalist Pitches
2:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony
3:45 p.m. - Reception & Trade Show

Eller College of Management, McClelland Hall, 1130 E. Helen St., in the Berger Auditorium.

Free and open to the public

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Top image: WorkSphere, creators of a smartphone app that gives employers the ability to manage communication, accountability and productivity on one device, bested 20 other University of Arizona McGuire Entrepreneurship Program student startup teams to win the grand prize and $10,000 at the McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase on April 29, 2016.


About McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is committed to empowering students, individuals, and organizations through world-class entrepreneurship education. For more information, visit More information at


About the Eller College

Founded in 1933, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona upholds the visionary belief that business education helps shape the world in new and unprecedented ways through pioneering and practical research, innovative coursework, data-driven decision-making and excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Eller College of Management is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and offers nine majors, six minors, six specialty master’s programs, four MBA programs and six doctoral programs. The college also houses several centers of excellence and research labs. The college is currently ranked 21st in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate business programs (number 11 public). U.S. News also ranks our full-time MBA number 49, our evening MBA number 46, our online MBA number 33 and our online master’s in MIS number 8 in the country. In addition, our management information systems department ranks number four nationally and our McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is ranked number 15 nationally (U.S. News). The Eller Executive Education program debuted at number 68 in the Financial Times Executive Education Program ranking (number 4 in the Western U.S.).

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