McGuire Innovation Expo, a Gathering of Tucson’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Feb. 7, 2017

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management invites you to the McGuire Innovation Expo, a demonstration of Tucson’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The inaugural event, which will take place Feb. 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the UA Mall, will feature more than 30 new ventures and campus and community entrepreneurial resources.


Meet some of Tucson's top and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, organizations that support the local entrepreneurial community, educational offerings from across the UA, McGuire Entrepreneurship Program new venture teams, and more. Themed pavilions will include Technology, Social Innovation, Health & Biotech, Lifestyle & Leadership, and Software & Services.

"Tucson is emerging as a significant entrepreneurial and innovative community," said McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Director Remy Arteaga. "We believe it is important to bring together entrepreneurship students, top entrepreneurial organizations, and world-class innovation services like Tech Launch Arizona, that showcase Tucson's entrepreneurial spark."

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is dedicated to helping students improve their potential and advance society by developing an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset. As one of the first university-based centers for entrepreneurship in the nation, the top-ranked McGuire Center is the cornerstone of entrepreneurship education at the UA.

The McGuire Center’s premier offering, the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, is open to UA seniors and graduate students from any field of study. Students accepted into the competitive-entry program receive a year of intensive experiential education that engages them in the process of moving innovation from an early-stage idea to a sustainable investor-ready venture. The student teams presenting at McGuire Innovation Expo have been developing their new venture since the beginning of Fall '16, and will pitch their finalized business concepts at the McGuire New Venture Competition April 28. 

Thank you to our many event participants, and to Microsoft, our Social Innovation Sponsor. 

Microsoft Social Catalyst is focused on engaging university students through Microsoft’s social impact stories and partnering to make a positive social impact on the world. 


The Agricultural Leadership and Innovation Certificate equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to be change agents in agriculture and the life sciences.

At the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI), investigators work with innovators to flesh out ideas, access scientific and business resources, and consider next steps in technology development.
  Bar Harbor Technology is here to improve the inefficiencies of the day-to-day operations in the full-service restaurant industry using RFID and NFC technology. 

The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona harnesses the minds of over 200 brilliant research scientists to solve complex biology-based challenges that affect humanity. 
  Changeover re-purposes unused warehouses to provide storage space to consumers and offers a platform to rent or sell those items to the community.
  CloisterVR creates virtual reality home tours to allow clients to tour and customize their future home before a brick is laid. 

Connect Coworking is local office, event, and meeting space located in the heart of downtown Tucson, AZ!
  Conspiracy Cosmetics designs, manufactures, and sells customizable, high-quality luxury cosmetics with an emphasis on social responsibility, natural ingredients and sustainable practices.

The Eller Economic Development Program (EED) utilizes University of Arizona and Eller College of Management faculty, students, and staff to help Southern Arizona business owners grow their businesses. 

Our four Eller MBA programs differ in many ways, to meet the needs and demands of a wide variety of professionals. 

Eller Social Innovation provides business/innovation education to social changemakers and to UA students, leading to better skillsets, enhanced organizational capacity, and a stronger community.  
  At Fasten, we envision an effortless life for individuals who live with disabilities and dexterity issues. Our company offers products that utilize our unique magnetic fastener to make their lives easier. 
  FoodChange is a developing nonprofit focused on creating sustainable, healthy meals from imperfect produce that otherwise would go to waste.
  Groupdup challenges the rising prices and hassle of planning a memorable group experience. We provide an online platform for users to leverage group discount rates.
  HIPR is a personalized subscription service that delivers a holistic skincare regimen. We offer comprehensive personal care education with input from dermatologists and nutritionists.
  Iris, Electronic Medical Records, is an interactive software that accelerates the patient record process to increase accuracy and reduce ambulances’ running out of service.
  Loop is a personal relationship management tool that brings data science into personal networking and eliminates the busy work of manually tracking digital interactions.
  MEdLi is a healthcare company dedicated to improving patient understanding of their health through the use of virtual reality.
  Nunami Labs crafts cutting-edge sensor technologies for self-driving cars that enable vehicles to see and understand their surroundings, creating a safer road ahead.
  October Sports Group is committed to offering affordable, high-quality, boutique baseball bats, backed by Hall of Fame baseball players specifically designed for youth little leaguers. 
  At OneBlock Systems, we revolutionize home security technology by transforming your Wi-Fi router into a stand-alone detection device, no cameras or sensors needed!
  Pocket Pantry is an app that allows users to watch cooking videos, create shopping lists, and order the ingredients to be delivered to their door.
  Autoimmune and inflammatory diseases limit the lives of millions worldwide. SaluRem restores patients to health with a natural, pro-biotic style treatment, now starting FDA phase 2 approvals.
  SHAW aims to provide a constant health monitor that tracks an individual’s vitals, in conjunction with an emergency button.
  Specteros is an energy management company specializing in indoor horticulture solutions for sustainability and growth. Our products offer customization and flexibility inspired by growers.

StageXchange is a customizable platform used by developers and entrepreneurs to manage their deal’s lifecycle with visually compelling dealbooks.

Startup Tucson is transforming our region's economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. We work to create a vibrant and attractive community through events like our weeklong innovation festival, TENWEST.

The Student Entrepreneurship Association is dedicated to connecting UA students from all colleges and encouraging entrepreneurial activities within and outside of the campus community.

People across the UA are developing ideas and inventions that can change the world. Tech Launch Arizona provides resources to bring those inventions from lab to marketplace.

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing brings together students and faculty from the University of Arizona’s Retailing and Consumer Sciences program and executives across the retailing industry. 

University of Arizona Libraries support innovation and entrepreneurship, both on campus and in the community. Come learn about tools and opportunities to fuel your startup.