New Venture Development

Mcguire New Venture Development program

From big idea to bigger impact.

It’s more than a system for learning. The McGuire New Venture Development Program brings students, experts and business leaders together to launch something bigger than any textbook or classroom could hold. Here, people build ideas and nurture inspiration into innovation.

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Program Overview

This is where game-changers are made. Any University of Arizona undergraduate or graduate student can participate in this yearlong, team-based program to learn the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation.

In just one year, you’ll build a new venture from the ground up. Working closely with students from other fields of study as well as mentors, industry experts, investors and real-world entrepreneurs, you’ll go from early-stage idea to launch-ready venture.

Not only is the program excellent preparation to lead in the business world, but it will change your way of thinking. In fact, you’ll never look at an untapped idea quite the same way again.


undergraduate and graduate students take entrepreneurship courses every year.


ranked graduate program among public programs.


graduates from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship.

The McGuire Experience

Translate entrepreneurial thinking into entrepreneurial action by building hands-on skills and experience. 

  • Build a new venture from the ground up in one year
  • Team up with students from other fields of study
  • Work closely with experienced entrepreneurs-in-residence, mentors, legal advisors, industry experts and investors
  • Participate in new venture competitions

The New Venture Development Program will prepare you to: 

  • Step into any role after your undergraduate or graduate experience better prepared to lead confidently and innovate in everything you do.
  • Launch new ventures
  • Take leadership roles at startups
  • Innovate in a corporate setting
  • Work at venture capital firm

Applications are due February 3, 2024

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Interviews will take place in mid November

New Venture Competition and Innovation Expo 

New Venture Development Program participants have an incredibly exciting range of events and competitions they can choose to participate in. These include regional and national business plan competitions, an Innovation Expo tradeshow on the University of Arizona Mall and the program finale, the McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase.


New Venture Development Program Courses

Each student admitted to the competitive McGuire Program will need to take Venture Development I and II. These are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as outlined below.

All students admitted into the competitive-entry McGuire Program take Venture Development I and II.

Fall Semester: Venture Development I

Course Date/Time

Undergraduate Students: ENTR 487 New Venture Development and Industry Analysis Tuesdays 3:30-6:15 p.m. / Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Graduate Students: ENTR 534 Industrial Analysis and New Venture Development Tuesdays 3:30-6:15 p.m. / Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m.


Spring Semester: Venture Development II

Course Date/Time

Undergraduate Students: ENTR 484 Development of New Venture Plans  Tuesdays 3:30-6:15 p.m. / Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Graduate Students: MGMT 539 Planning of New Ventures Tuesdays 3:30-6:15 p.m. / Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m.


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Applications are due February 3, 2024

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Putting an idea through a rigorous process of external validation is essential, and the McGuire New Venture Development Program’s structured phased approach was very helpful. It was rewarding to see our concept evolve over the semester from an idea to a feasible business

Amelia Klawon '15 MBA, Co-founder, Co.Host

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