16 New Ventures to Compete for $40,000 in Cash and Prizes at the 2020 New Venture Competition

March 4, 2020

Imagine a world where students in need didn't have to hope to win a scholarship contest to continue their education. Consider the environmental and societal benefits of a quarterly subscription box full of sustainable sourced and sustainably packaged feminine care products. Think of the peace of mind travelers would have if they could watch a video from fellow travelers that would help plan their vacation in minutes instead of hours.

These are just three new venture concepts that could receive funding when 16 student startups compete for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes during the 2020 McGuire New Venture Competition on Friday, April 3. The rapid-fire rocket pitch competition and trade show is open to the public and takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a new venue this year, Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd., Tucson, AZ 85719.

Students presenting their new ventures are enrolled in the Eller College of Management's McGuire New Venture Development Program, where they have received nearly a year of intensive experiential education that engages them in the process of moving innovation from an early-stage idea to a sustainable launch-ready venture. The competitive-entry program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the University of Arizona.

This year's events sponsors include H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and Microsoft, the McGuire Center's Annual Social Impact Sponsor. For more details and to see a list of this years student venture teams, visit the McGuire Center website. 

About the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management is committed to empowering students, individuals and organizations through world-class entrepreneurship education so they acquire the entrepreneurial mindset needed to become game changers and change makers in business and society. The McGuire Center was one of the first university-based centers for entrepreneurship and is one of the few to continually maintain top-tier rankings. For more information, visit entrepreneurship.arizona.edu