Student Venture Teams Compete for $37,000 in Total Prizes at 2022 New Venture Competition

April 8, 2022

After months of preparation and in-class competitions, the student startups of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship New Venture Development Program are ready to take on the New Venture Competition. Judges will hear three-minute pitches and question and answers from ventures ranging from a craft beer subscription box to a wallet with a fingerprint locking mechanism.

Seventeen student startups will compete for more than $37,000 in cash prizes during the 2022 McGuire New Venture Competition on Friday, April 8. Some of this year’s awards include the Social Impact Award and two Launch Boost awards for teams that have taken legal steps to form their company. The preliminary round from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. includes a rapid-fire pitch competition and following trade show. The final round will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a reception closing out the day. Both the pitch competition and trade show are open to the public in Berger Auditorium, 1130 E. Helen St. Tucson, AZ 85721. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be live-streamed on Youtube.

Students participating in the pitch competition and interactive trade show are enrolled in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship's New Venture Development Program, where they have received intensive experiential education that engages them in the process of taking innovation from an early-stage idea to a launch-ready venture. The competitive-entry program is open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students from all majors at the University of Arizona.

For more details and a list of this year’s student venture teams, visit the event page.

About the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona 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