UA McGuire Center Alumni to Appear on ABC’s Shark Tank
UA Eller College alumni Connor Riley and Samantha Meis, who were part of a team that developed MistoBox in the top-ranked McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, are headed into the tank to pitch their concept on Sony Pictures Television’s hit ABC reality series Shark Tank.
On May 3rd Riley and Meis will be introduced to a panel of five wealthy millionaire and billionaire investors ("Sharks") as a guest on Shark Tank. Riley and Meis were selected among 36,000 applicants to pitch their innovative business idea in hopes of getting their venture funded.
Swimming with the sharks should be a breeze for Riley and Meis, since they have already run with the bulls — literally. It was part of their study abroad experience in Spain. A year after returning to the UA, the two were paired with Collin Crowley and George Andros in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at the Eller College. The team was given an assignment to come up with an innovative business idea. They loved coffee and wanted to figure out a way to get delicious coffees — from the best roasters — into more people’s homes. MistoBox was born on graduation day in 2012. Since, the Riley and Meis have moved the company to Phoenix and are currently located in the revitalized warehouse district downtown.
MistoBox is a subscription service that sends members four exceptional coffees from artisan roasters across the country. Each month, a panel of MistoBox coffee experts taste more than 50 coffees submitted by different coffee roasters. Only four coffees make the cut, and are delivered to subscribers’ doorsteps. Subscribers brew each of the coffees and pick a favorite. When they find one they love, they can head back to the online shop and get up to two full bags of their favorite with free shipping — just enough coffee to tide them over to the next MistoBox and their next new favorite. Tucson favorite Cartel Coffee was featured just last month.
“Getting to pitch to the investors on Shark Tank was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was so exciting and terrifying all at the same time!” said Meis. Will the sharks “bite”? Tune in to ABC on Friday, May 3rd at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT to find out.
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 #44 in the U.S. 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, 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.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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