Meet the 23 ventures to attend Feb. 14 McGuire Innovation Expo, a showcase of McGuire’s New Venture Development Program students

Feb. 8, 2019

University of Arizona’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its third McGuire Innovation Expo 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14 on the UA Mall by the student union. The tradeshow, a gathering of students from McGuire’s New Venture Development Program includes 23 student new ventures, is free and open to the public.

“The Innovation Expo is a great event for student teams to showcase their ventures to the public for the first time,” said McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Interim Director Rick Yngve. “Our students in the New Venture Development Program have been working diligently over the past six months to develop their business venture from the ground up. The Innovation Expo is an exciting and interactive day on the UA Mall that you won’t want to miss!”

There will be 23 booths showcasing cross-disciplinary student startup teams from the UA Eller College of Management’s McGuire New Venture Development Program. These students have spent six months receiving intensive experiential education that engages them in the process of moving innovation from an early-stage idea to a sustainable launch-ready venture. More information can be found on the McGuire Center website.  

Student venture team, ReCreate, is focused on their environmental impact by producing modern supplies for the Earth’s conscious crafter. Their mission is to reduce waste through renewable raw materials. ReCreate wants to inspire the 117 million crafters in the United States to minimize their environmental impact while keeping up with contemporary trends. “The best part about our venture, ReCreate, is our ability to educate consumers about how they can take care of the planet through their hobbies. We're excited to share our love for crafts on February 14th!” said Jeremeiah Whiteside, Finance and Entrepreneurship Student, University of Arizona. 

Four awards will be given at this year's Innovation Expo:

  • The Booth Appeal Award ($500) will go to the team with the most creative and visually interesting booth.
  • The Communication & Fluency Award ($500) will be given to the team that is able to communicate their idea in the most effective way.
  • The Microsoft Social Impact Award ($500) will be awarded to the team that is able to most effectively incorporate corporate social responsibility strategies into their venture, and how well they explain their company’s community and stakeholder impact.
  • The Investors’ Choice Award ($500) is voted on by expo visitors using “McGuire Bucks”, which are distributed to students and community members who check in at the McGuire Center Welcome Booth.

Microsoft, the McGuire Center’s social innovation sponsor for the event, is supporting the expo by awarding the Microsoft Social Impact Award. This award recognizes the team who most effectively and innovatively incorporates corporate social responsibility strategies into their venture, is able to relate their venture’s social impact to their local community and is able to articulate how they will extend the reach of their social impact as their venture grows.

Microsoft’s datacenter community development team is committed to engaging university students through Microsoft’s social impact stories and partnering to make a positive social impact on the world. 

If you go: 

McGuire Innovation Expo
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
Where: The University of Arizona Mall, near the student union
Who: Free and open to the public

After the Expo, the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting a meet-and-greet with the students teams featuring guests from Startup Tucson

Innovation Expo Meet-and-Greet
 3:30-6pm, Thursday, Feb. 14
Where: Gentle Ben's Brewing, 865 E University Blvd
Who: Free and open to the public

Meet the Teams going to the 2019 Innovation Expo 


6 Pak Meals

6 Pak Meals provides college students with homemade meals that are healthy, delicious, convenient, and affordable.  When away from mom, you can rely on us.


Athena Virtual Reality 

Athena VR enables students to envision their future career endeavors with virtual reality. Users view careers and professions through a day in the life and game features.



BPS quickly combs through land use registry blockchains to provide customers with a comprehensive review of the title history of a property.


Breeze Outfitters

Breeze Outfitters offers camping equipment storage and organization solutions that campers can relax and enjoy the outdoors. 



CheckMate is a payment application that allows customers to spit checks and close their bill by simply selecting their order and paying right on their mobile device. 



Echo provides live crowd sourced information for your night out -- including bar atmosphere, promotions, wait times, cover charges, etc. An app where users help users make the most of their night.


Exakt Technology

We are driven to improve heart health by making your health data more accurate and accessible to you and your health provider.



Imagine a world where you can walk into a store, grab what you need and leave. No lines, no hassle. Our company is creating a system to make this a reality.



We’re about bringing people together. Opening a bottle of our sparkling mead signifies the start of a moment that matters. Liquid belonging in every bottle. 


Golf Pro Solutions

A GPS-enabled golf ball coupled with a smartphone application to track key statistics, ball trajectory, and location.



Centralized platform for students, parents, and counselors to provide a customizable university finder, standardized test, scholarship and financial aid guides. Easing the higher education process, propelling students towards higher education. 



MODBOX is an all-inclusive monthly subscription fitness box that educates and motivates consumers who want to kickstart, maintain, or build their fitness lifestyle. 


Montage Trip

Montage Trip will convert vacation itinerary into a short personalized preview video featuring what travelers can expect from the real trip before booking.



Myka is fully customizable company that lets you choose the flavor, label, name, and experience of vodka. 



Cannabinoid (CBD) oil infused kinesiology tape for accelerated healing and pain management in muscle joint injuries.



PresenTeck is a subscription software that synchronizes the learning experience. Regardless of learning style, PresenTeck enhances relevant information and increases visual accessibility.


ReCreate Crafts

ReCreate produces modern supplies for the Earth-conscious crafter. Our produces reduce waste by using renewable raw materials. 


Rise Capital

Rise Capital is an algorithmic trading service that leverages quantum computing to quickly analyze and trade stocks with next-generation intelligence increasing ROI for customers. 


SPEC Sports Betting

SPEC was founded in 2018 with the idea in mind to act upon the changing sports gambling laws introducing live sports betting kiosks to be placed in sporting arenas. 



The Vidy platform enables its users to access unlimited fitness content from the industry's top performers, readily available through an easy-to-use mobile application. 



Vivify sells high quality CBD-infused teas for tea lovers who want to enjoy the many benefits of CBD in a relaxing and refreshing way.



Wanderhub is a service, that through a quiz filters through our styling algorithm, curates experiences that the consumer had highlighted they would like to be ‘styled’ in. 



ZAP is a quick and automatic way to pay for parking, anywhere and everywhere.