McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Ranked #1 Again
September 9, 2008
By Liz Warren-Pederson
The results of The Princeton Review / Entrepreneur magazine review of “Top 50 Entrepreneurial Colleges” are out, and The University of Arizona’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is again recognized among the best. In the review of graduate programs, McGuire is ranked #1 among public institutions and #4 among all institutions; in the undergraduate review, McGuire comes in at #2 among publics and #5 among all institutions. The program, housed in the Eller College of Management, has been ranked in the top five of both categories since the rankings began in 2002.
The news comes on the heels of the 2009 U.S.News and World Report survey of “Best Business Programs,” which placed the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at #5 among entrepreneurship programs nationwide, and #2 among entrepreneurship programs at public institutions. Earlier this year, the Financial Times global rankings named McGuire #6 in the world in entrepreneurship for the second year in a row.
“The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship programs in the country,” says Eller College dean Paul Portney. “It’s gratifying to see the ongoing hard work of nearly 25 years continue to pay off in the form of recognition by our peer schools.”
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1984 with the support of UA alumnus Karl Eller. Since then, the program has continuously evolved to meet the needs of emerging entrepreneurs. The heart of the one-year program, which is available to all UA students, is the Idea Path™ curriculum, which guides students through a step-by-step process to bring venture ideas to fruition. Through an arrangement with the UA Office of Technology Transfer, many of the ventures developed in the program are based on UA-developed technologies. Since the program began, more than 1,200 graduates have launched hundreds of ventures.
Beginning this year, the program is working with partner organizations around Southern Arizona to engage with “angel” investors — individuals who invest private capital into startups — who will meet with students at key points throughout the year to offer insight and advice on their specific ventures.