EntrepreneurshipWeek USA celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit
Community coalition leads week-long calendar of events aimed at igniting awareness and inspiring youth across Southern Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – JANUARY 31, 2007 – “From Idea to Reality” has become the mantra of The University of Arizona McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, and it is eager to help open doors for entrepreneurs of all ages.
To celebrate the power of entrepreneurship, the McGuire Center has partnered with a coalition of community organizations to lead an array of activities during EntrepreneurshipWeek USA, February 24 – March 3. In addition to the McGuire Center, the coalition includes the Arizona Center for Innovation, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), Pima Community College Small Business Development Center, The Desert Angels, The Law Firm of Hecker and Muelhbach, The University of Arizona’s Office of Technology Transfer, and others.
EntrepreneurshipWeek USA is a national celebration intended to ignite awareness of the spirit of entrepreneurship and will be the focus of educators, community leaders, and youth across the U.S. The week-long gala aims to inspire young self-starters to begin their entrepreneurial journey. In Southern Arizona, The University of Arizona’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, ranked #1 in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and # 6 in the world by Financial Times, has taken a leadership role in developing programs for middle school, high school, and university students, as well as adult entrepreneurs.
“Entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs alike have wonderful resources available to them in Southern Arizona,” said Sherry Hoskinson, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship director. “The Southern Arizona region coalition is committed to fostering entrepreneurial awareness during this national observance.”
The following events will take place in Southern Arizona during EntrepreneurshipWeek USA:
An innovative program designed to teach students to think entrepreneurially will kick off at Pistor Middle School Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE). Students in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program are partnering with Pistor teachers to teach students how the steps to exploring and validating a science fair project are similar to the steps involved in assessing and validating business ideas. The GATE students will develop new business ideas, focusing on problems, populations, and solutions. They will then present their venture concepts at The University of Arizona’s McClelland Hall on April 20, in conjunction with the McGuire Center’s business plans competition championship round.
The second event, also targeting K-12 learners, is the inauguration of the Arizona Youth Entrepreneurship Award, sponsored by the Eller College of Management and 1st National Bank of Arizona. High school students across Arizona have been invited to apply for the award by submitting a business plan. During EntrepreneurshipWeek USA, the plans will be judged and participating students will receive feedback on their proposals and recognition of their effort. They will also gain awareness of formal education opportunities in entrepreneurship available to them. The finalists will come to The University of Arizona on April 20 to compete for top honors and a total of $5,000 in scholarships.
IdeaXchange — a clearinghouse of resources, information, and referrals for new and growing businesses — will launch. IdeaXchange brings the knowledge, insights, network, and experiences of a host of accomplished entrepreneurs together for regular meetings. The group will share inquiries from the business community and collectively compile resources and information that would not otherwise be readily available. IdeaXchange includes the members of the Southern Arizona region coalition.
Additionally, the McGuire Center will welcome Jeremy A. Woan, CEO for The Bampton Group, Transatlantic Venture Management, as the 2007 Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Woan will be on the UA campus March 1–2 to conduct a general session highlighting his own entrepreneurial experiences. He will also meet individually with McGuire Entrepreneurship Program student teams to provide insights on their venture opportunities and challenges.
For updates on Southern Arizona region activities and programs, or for more information about EntrepreneurshipWeek USA, please visit www.eweek.eller.arizona.edu or call the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at 520.621.2576.
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 #12 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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