Angel investors converge in Tucson for first-of-its-kind summit
McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship co-hosts summit as part of Innovation Day at UA
TUCSON, Ariz. — March 21, 2008 — Angel investors — affluent individuals who invest personal capital in startup ventures — will be on the UA campus Monday and Tuesday for the inaugural Southwest Angel Summit, organized in conjunction with Innovation Day at UA by the Eller College of Management's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and the Desert Angels of Tucson.
"We have over 20 angel investors coming in from California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona," said Bob Morrison, executive director of the Desert Angels and mentor-in-residence of the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. "Their contributions to regenerating economies and stimulating growth are significant, and we are pleased to provide a venue for them to come together and discuss regional priorities and opportunities for collaboration."
The investors will meet informally today, and then participate in events surrounding Innovation Day at UA on Tuesday. "It's especially exciting to connect these high-level investors to innovating faculty researchers at The University of Arizona," said Sherry Hoskinson, director of the McGuire Center. "But we are also pleased that they will be reviewing our entrepreneurship students' ventures."
The investors will evaluate the student ventures showcased at the Innovation Day tradeshow Tuesday and then invite selected teams to make formal presentations. The day will culminate with an awards presentation and a reception for the angel investors, entrepreneurship students, faculty, and friends. For the students, the event is the first segment of the McGuire Center / CB Richard Ellis Spring Venture Development Showcase, which continues April 4 with the semi-final round of the students' new venture competition, and concludes April 18 with the championship round.
For more information about the McGuire Center / CB Richard Ellis Spring Venture Development Showcase, download the PDF.
Visit http://innovation.arizona.edu/ for Innovation Day at UA information.
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 #14 among public business schools and three of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship, MIS, and Management. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. and #21 among public business schools. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program and the Eller Executive MBA. The Eller College of Management supports approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 700 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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