By Susan Kern-Fleischer
The University of Arizona Eller College of Management has named entrepreneur Remy Arteaga the new director of the top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. Arteaga spent more than 20 years launching and managing successful startups, accelerators, and corporate innovation initiatives before becoming involved in entrepreneurship education. He was the director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado-Boulder Leeds School of Business before serving as the executive director of a non-profit that created and managed Stanford University’s Latino entrepreneurship accelerator and research programs.
“Tucson is on the verge of becoming one of the great entrepreneurship communities in the nation,” Arteaga said. “The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship has a long history of success and is positioned for growth to have incredible impact at the University of Arizona, within the community, and on a national stage.”
U.S. News & World Report ranks the McGuire Center at No. 3 among undergraduate and No. 5 among graduate public entrepreneurship programs in the nation. Arteaga will oversee all of the McGuire Center’s programs, including the flagship McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, a year of intensive experiential education that engages UA students from all fields of study in the process of moving innovation from an early-stage idea to a sustainable investor-ready venture.
“Remy’s vision for the McGuire Center aligns with our goals for Eller College. We want to be positioned at the center of the innovation/entrepreneurship hub for the entire university,” said Eller Dean Paulo Goes. “The McGuire Center’s reputation is top-notch, and I’m confident that under Remy’s leadership, it will be elevated to world-class.”
A strong believer in being a great partner across campus and the community, Arteaga has already met with several entrepreneurial organizations including Desert Angels, Startup Tucson and Innovate UA. He encourages anyone interested in entrepreneurship or innovation to reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are looking to collaborate with other organizations in the community or on campus so that together we can multiply any impact we could have going solo,” he said.
Over the next few months, Arteaga will help the McGuire Center define roles, select impact metrics, and set targets. While it’s too soon to discuss specific program changes, the author of Pivot: How Top Entrepreneurs Adapt and Change Course to Find Ultimate Success does emphasize that empowering students with an entrepreneurial mindset will continue to be a priority.
“Entrepreneurship centers, like every other type of organization, need to adapt to changing marketplaces and technologies,” he said. “We need to adapt and evolve to continue to impact our students and community.”
Top image courtesy Eller College.