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By Eller College

After a year of imagining and developing viable, comprehensive plans for new business ventures, student teams from the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program class of 2013 presented their ideas at the fast-paced McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase April 26.

Howdy – an online market for internship information – took the grand prize. Second place was awarded to Grafted Growers, which produces vegetable grafted plants for the $1.4 B gardening and commercial growing consumers struggling with disease, low yields, and harsh environmental conditions. StudyHubs, which matches students with tutors, took third. Fittid Sport, which manufactures custom racing swimsuits, won People’s Choice, and Crowd Audio took Best in Class.

The McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase featured 23 new ventures developed by 90 UA undergraduate and graduate students. Each team presented three-minute pitches before a judging panel of entrepreneurial elite. They also displayed and discussed their ideas during an interactive trade show. Innovations include biomedical devices, fitness products, agricultural technology, e-commerce websites, social apps, children’s educational products, and much more.

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View full New Venture Competition and Showcase photo gallery on the McGuire Center’s Facebook page.
Photos by Mamta Popat Photography.

To see full descriptions of all 23 teams and new ventures in the class of 2013, visit

Top photo, New Venture Competition grand prize award-winning venture team Howdy, by Mamta Popat Photography.