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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Tucson Pilot Programs among UA Students' Big Ideas at 2012 New Venture Expo on April 2

TUCSON, ARIZONA – March 28, 2012 – A "sleep sanctuary" for exhausted doctors and nurses, now being piloted at University of Arizona Medical Center; a way to order concessions from your seat at Hi Corbett Field; and pay-by-phone parking meters, scheduled for a Tucson test-run in May — these are just three of the 22 new venture ideas that University of Arizona students enrolled in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program will show off at the 2012 New Venture Expo, open to the public on April 2.

Eighty-five students in the McGuire Program at the Eller College will showcase their original venture plans in a fast-pitch trade show environment at this year's Expo. Historically presented as part of Innovation Day at the UA, the 2012 event will instead cap the Southwest Angels Regional Summit.

The New Ventures Expo brings together investors, business leaders, policymakers and teachers from the across the Southwest and Mexico. The event will also feature students from the Program's class of 2011 working on first-year launches and earlier alumni who successfully launched:

  • HJ3 Composite Technologies, makers of carbon fiber and advanced materials
  • MSDX, which develops innovative blood tests for neurological, autoimmune, and inflammatory disorders
  • Student Experts, brokering student skills for tech support and other projects
  • Split Engineering, offering imaging solutions to the mining industry
  •, one of the most successful retailers for triathlon gear

The 2012 New Ventures Expo will be presented from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the UA Student Union Grand Ballroom, located near the Second Street Garage at 2nd St. and Mountain Ave. A networking cocktail reception will follow the show.

The Expo is the first of several spring events that will conclude with the Entrepreneurs' Grand Championship on April 22, pitting law and entrepreneurship student teams against one another in a rocket-pitch competition and honoring innovation champions with the Center's annual Entrepreneurial Fellows awards.

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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 #11 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 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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