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By University of Arizona

Mexican students Mario Rosas, Cristina Burgos, and Lucas Rosas participated in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program last year.

Mexican students Mario Rosas, Cristina Burgos, and
Lucas Rosas participated in the McGuire
Entrepreneurship Program last year.

Through a longstanding collaboration, theMcGuire Center for Entrepreneurship has worked with Tecnológico de Monterrey to assist in teaching entrepreneurship-focused courses and judging case competitions.

“Most importantly, we’ve helped make it possible for them to send students to participate in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program,” said program director Sherry Hoskinson. “The number varies every year. Last year, three students participated; this year we have one.”

The entrepreneurship program accepts 100 students each year; 65 of those slots go toundergraduate students, and the remainder go to Eller MBA students and students from other disciplines and programs, such as Tec de Monterrey. “Having a mix of students creates an enriching experience for all,” Hoskinson said.

Mario Rosas and his brother Lucas both completed the program in spring. Along with Cristina Burgos, they came to the UA as exchange students from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Sonora Norte in Hermosillo.

“We found out about the entrepreneurship program at the UA through Lucía Galvan, our career advisor at our campus in Hermosillo, as well as the International Programs office,” he explained. “We got very interested in the idea of attending because of the program’s high ranking and the fact that it’s so near to Hermosillo. Having such a great program near home, I didn’t even considering other places for my semester abroad.”

In the program, Rosas worked on InnovAid, a venture focused on producing sustainable products to help disaster relief. “With these products, first responders such as the Marines, the Army, or the Red Cross would have the tools to actually help those in trouble in natural disasters including hurricanes and tsunamis,” he said. “The first product we designed was a portable electric generator, able to produce electricity with natural gas, which would be the power supply for future modules to be designed. These modules would provide refrigeration for medicine, temporary antennas for cell phones and other communications, and water purification systems, helping to re-establish these resources when they’re needed most.”

Rosas is an entrepreneurship major at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and is currently in his seventh of nine semesters. He is just starting to develop a new business idea in the institution’s social incubator.

He said that the McGuire Program was a great opportunity. “Developing a whole business idea from scratch over one year and presenting it to real-life potential investors was both a great academic and great life experience,” he said.