Designed to prepare the next wave of Mexican female business leaders, McGuire Mexico Scholars is a women's economic empowerment initiative created to respond to growing trade relations between Mexico and the United States. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the University of Arizona's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship seeks to support Mexican women identify and explore new pathways to prosperity.
Reports indicate that few Mexican women entrepreneurs currently have access to capital and formidable networks necessary in growing and sustaining their startup ventures. With estimates forecasting Arizona's southern neighbor to become the sixth largest global economy by 2050, it's imperative that women in Mexico achieve greater economic parity.
With the inaugural cohort set to launch in February 2019, McGuire Mexico Scholars gives Sonora's underemployed women the opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and cultivate their leadership skills through an eight-part workshop series hosted by the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship—one of the oldest and most recognized collegiate entrepreneurship programs in the United States.
McGuire Mexico Scholars will learn key entrepreneurial concepts with the express aim of launching their own startup venture or taking their existing business to the next level. In addition to learning how to develop, pitch and execute new products and services, scholars will also broaden their networks and resources to help them better navigate the economic landscape in and around Nogales, Sonora.
For those ready to make their mark in the Sonoran region, McGuire Mexico Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The 2019 McGuire Mexico Scholars application period has officially closed.