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View McGuire Center new venture and alumni news by year. You may also share your own Alumni Success Story.


MistoBoxMcGuire Program 2012 alumni to face ABC's Shark Tank May 3
April 2013
2012 graduates Samantha Meis and Connor Riley will appear on the ABC show Shark Tank on May 3.


Venture Team Update: Reko Global Water
eller buzz : November-December 2012
MojoTree Farm PichuberryAlumni Venture Team Profile: MojoTree Farm
California CPA : May 10, 2012
Two years after being a finalist team in the annual McGuire Entrepreneurship Program year-end competition event, MojoTree Farm is going strong.


JustouchVenture Team Update: JusTouch
eller buzz : November 2011
JusTouch, one of the 2011 McGuire Entrepreneurship Program finalists, has joined the list of venture alumni to launch.
MSDXVenture Team Update: MSDx
eller buzz : November 2011
MSDx, a venture that launched out of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in 2006, has released the first of a series of blood testing products that provide novel tools for studying disease processes.
InnovationAwardPromising UA Technology Receives Innovation Award
eller buzz : October 2011
Research developed by University of Arizona faculty is among the inaugural class of 21 projects to garner funding from the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps (I-Corps), which aims to guide research with commercial potential out of university laboratories and into the marketplace.
Reko WaterVenture Team Update: Reko Global Water Funded through Chilean Government Grant
eller buzz : October 2011
Reko Global Water — part of the McGuire Center's venture class of 2010 — is among 154 startup companies funded by the Chilean government's Start-Up Chile program.
VelocisVenture Team Profile: Velocis
eller buzz : August-September 2011
Last fall, Velocis team members traveled to Las Vegas to attend America's largest bike trade show, Interbike, where they talked to hundreds of retailers and manufacturers to understand the electric bicycle industry.
McGuire Center Alumnus Selected for Arizona Leadership Academy McGuire Center alumnus selected for Arizona leadership academy
March 2011
The Phoenix-based Arizona Center for Civic Leadership announced in March that Patrick Marcus is one of 25 fellows in the inaugural class of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy.
MSDXteam Venture Team Updates: MSDx and TruckItNow
March 2011
Over the past five years, the winning ventures in the McGuire Center's year-end showcase and competition have all gone on to launch. Two of those alumnus-launched ventures, MSDx, Inc. and TruckItNow, Inc., are the recipients of Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) grants.
Venture team update: The Cravory Venture team update: The Cravory
eller buzz : January 2011
Cookie Fusion was one of three finalists in the 2008 McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Year-End Showcase, and the team members have gone on to launch the venture, now called The Cravory, in San Diego.

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Venture Team Update: Venture Team Update:
October 2010
Back in 2006, UA students Alex Farkas, Stephen Tanenbaum, and Greg Rosborough connected in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program around a fundamental problem of the art business: how can promising young artists connect with potential buyers?
An Easy Way to Buy Sustainable Seafood: I Love Blue Sea
Diner's Journal/NewYork Times : April 12, 2010
VerdantEarthPlanting the First Seeds: Last Year's Winning Venture Team Launches
eller buzz : March 2010
After winning the 2009 Venture Competition Showcase with their venture Verdant Earth Technologies, Josh Hottenstein and Myles Lewis seized the opportunity to take the business from idea to reality — joining the Arizona Center for Innovation to refine the business concept and launching in July 2009.

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NotehallMcGuire Alums Attract Media Spotlight with Venture
eller buzz : October 2009
Just three years ago, entrepreneurs Sean Conway (BSBA Marketing and Entrepreneurship '07) and Justin Miller began the idea of an online marketplace to help students succeed in their academic endeavors. Now has become a nationwide tool with national media coverage.
TriSportsOutside magazine names one of America's best places to work in 2009
The Eller Times : June 2009 — founded by McGuire Center alum Seton Claggett nine years ago — has been named a "Best Place to Work" by Outside magazine. Among 30 companies, was ranked 18th.
DesignYourDorm Alumni Update:
The Eller Times : April 2009
When it comes to moving into a dorm, there's a lot for incoming college freshmen to consider. To help them coordinate with new roommates and check things off the new-room list, McGuire alumni created
Identifying a need and meeting it Identifying a need and meeting it: McGuire Center grads launch AZ CarMart
March 2009
McGuire Entrepreneurship Program alums Josh Berger and Travis Hannon launched their Tucson-based business in 2008.
Eller grads turn technology into free drinks
Arizona Daily Wildcat : January 26, 2009

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2008 and earlier

Entrepreneurship Grads Awarded $25K Facebook Grant
The Eller Times : November 2008
BarTab lets Facebook users send real drinks to of-age friends for $1. The launch of the new application follows a recent endorsement from Facebook, in which BarTab was selected from 600 competing companies to receive a $25,000 grant.
Venture Team Update: Green Giants Launch EvaluateIP
The Eller Times : November 2008
The dynamos behind Green Giants Consulting — Eller alums Justin Cummins, Andrew Nicholas, and Martin Reed — have branched just out with a second venture, EvaluateIP.
QuirogaMcGuire Alum Leverages Experience to Lead New Rural Entrepreneurship Initiatives
The Eller Times : July 2008
Bill Quiroga knows how tough it can be to launch and sustain new ventures. For the past 10 years, he's served as president and CEO of Native American Botanics, the company he developed in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program.
SkillIT winning venture teamNew Venture Competition Winners Launch Venture
SkillIT takes residency at the Arizona Center for Innovation and launches with new name of
UA grads out to make solar affordable
Arizona Daily Star : August 10, 2007
UA effort may lead to safer food, water
Tucson Citizen : April 19, 2007
Eller degree, creative food make fine combination
Arizona Daily Star : February 23, 2007
Moving Ideas Off Campus: Optica Technologies
New York Times : October 28, 2004

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