By Liz Warren-Pederson
The 100 students in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program concluded their venture development experience with anannual day-long showcase event on April 14. All 23 teams presented their venture concepts and plans in fast-paced “rocket pitches” before investors, judges, and others.
Five finalist teams were selected, and Velocis Bikes ultimately came out on top:
Velocis Bikes – a manufacturer of efficient, stylish, and cost-effective electric bicycles for commuters who are frustrated with traffic and rising gas prices.
Campus Teach – an automatic camera system for Universities that captures classroom lectures and a corresponding website which stores past lectures for replay accessible by each student.
Fitness Innovation Tools (F.I.T.) – an all-in-one digital fitness solution that makes working out a more interesting and motivating experience that is personalized to your needs.
Infusion Beverages – fruit juice blends are infused with a collection of ingredients proven to help reduce the risk of specific health concerns such as heart disease.
Justouch – a mobile touch pad ordering device that reduces restaurant labor costs and expands customer base by providing a unique interactive dining experience.
The McGuire Center also honored four business and innovation leaders: John Bardis, Fred Boice,Debbie Claggett, and Rick Myers.
The Center established its annual awards program in 1985 to recognize successful entrepreneurs as well as individuals who have gone the extra mile to support entrepreneurship education.
2011 McGuire Center Honorees
John Bardis: Entrepreneurial Fellow
John Bardis, alumnus of the University of Arizona, foundedMedAssets in June 1999, and has been the company’s chairman, president, and CEO since its inception. Inc. magazine named Bardis Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995.
Fred Boice: Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
Fred Boice has been active in the Tucson community for more than 45 years and was the first person to serve two consecutive terms as president of the Arizona Board of Regents. During his tenure, he helped develop ways to expand access to UA education and the UA experienced record levels of diversity, enrollment, retention, and graduation.
Debbie Claggett: Entrepreneurial Fellow
Debbie Claggett is co-founder of the online triathlon-focused e-store TriSports.com, established 20 years ago in partnership with her husband Seton Claggett. The Claggetts also created and help fund the nonprofit organization TriSports Racing, which supports youth sports and physically challenged athletes.
Rick Myers: Entrepreneurial Fellow
Rick Myers is chief operating officer of Critical Path Institute, a nonprofit organization working to tackle issues in drug development. Myers has been active in building capacity and infrastructure in Arizona and is currently serving an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents.