By Sarah Mauet


The 21 new ventures under development at Eller’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship will be unveiled for the first time March 25 on the UA Mall by Old Main. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will provide welcoming remarks at the event, which will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year’s venture teams span a range of industries: medical products for humans and equines, app development, e-commerce, physical goods, and food and hospitality start-ups. Details about the new ventures are here.

The interactive trade show is free and open to the public and will include food samples and snow cones, photo-ops with animals and fun backdrops, games, contests and lots of prizes. Visitors can beta test products and have their feedback incorporated into final products, and sign up for exclusive early loyalty programs for benefits and discounts on products after launch.

“McGuire on the Mall is an exciting new opportunity for McGuire Program students to gain experience talking about and presenting their new ventures to the public in a trade show environment,” said Patty Sias, McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Director. “It also provides a chance for UA students and the public to learn more about the program and get a glimpse of our student innovations before our signature event, the McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase, on May 2.”

Named the “crown jewel” of the University of Arizona by USA Today/The Princeton Review, the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is a globally-recognized program open to UA seniors and graduate students from any field of study. Students accepted into the McGuire Program receive a year of intensive experiential education that engages them in the process of moving innovation from an early-stage idea to a sustainable investor-ready venture.

If you go: McGuire on the Mall

When: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25

Where: The University of Arizona Mall, near Old Main

Who: Free and open to the public

More information: entrepreneurship.arizona.edu/events/onthemall.asp

McGuire on the Mall is just the first public event of the season. Save the date for the McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase on May 2, which will involve an interactive trade show and a fast-paced rocket pitch contest. More information is here.

Top photo courtesy University of Arizona.