McGuire Innovation Expo 2018

Event Date

Thursday, February 22, 2018 -
11:00am to 2:00pm


UA Mall

Showcasing our local entrepreneurial community, resources, opportunities, and ventures.  

The McGuire Innovation Expo, held on the University of Arizona mall, showcases the student new ventures, campus innovators, entrepreneurial education opportunities, and community resources that make up our thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. For one day, we take over the UA mall and dozens of exhibitors present their ideas, innovations, and opportunities. The event is free and open to the public. 

2018 Exhibitors

Campus and Community Partners

Microsoft logo

Microsoft's datacenter community development team is committed to engaging university students through Microsoft’s social impact stories and partnering to make a positive social impact on the world.

ACABI logo

At the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI), investigators work with innovators to flesh out ideas, access scientific and business resources, and consider next steps in technology development.

 Accion logo

Accion is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the tools entrepreneurs need to operate, grow or start their business. 

 AZCI logo

The Arizona Center for Innovation fosters technology start-ups, emerging and mature companies develop their ideas, inventions and next evolution of product.

Engineering Design Program logo 

The UA Engineering Design Program: One of the largest and most successful university-industry partnerships in the United States, the UA Engineering Design Program (EDP) enables companies of all types – from international corporations to local start-ups – to tackle pressing projects using UA student talent. 

 Idea Soace Pima Library

The Pima County Public Library's Idea+Space provides free help to startups, small businesses, nonprofits, and jobseekers. 

Startup Tucson logo Startup Tucson is transforming our region's economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. We work to create a vibrant and attractive community through events like our weeklong innovation festival, TENWEST.
Tech Launch Arizona logo People across the UA are developing ideas and inventions that can change the world. Tech Launch Arizona provides resources to bring those inventions from lab to marketplace.
 Center for Retailing The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing brings together students and faculty from the University of Arizona’s Retailing and Consumer Sciences program and executives across the retailing industry. 
 YEA Tucson logo The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Tucson) is a groundbreaking and exciting year-long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. 
UA Libraries logo University of Arizona Libraries support innovation and entrepreneurship, both on campus and in the community. Come learn about tools and opportunities to fuel your startup.

Xerocraft Makerspace; we provide tools, training, and support to artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and students.


The Women's Business Center is dedicated to helping women in the Southern Arizona community refine their entrepreneurial skills through our programs and services.

Student Engagement & Career Development leads and coordinates our campus-wide commitment to foster career success for each student we admit, retain, and graduate. The Office of Student Engagement connects our efforts to the teaching and learning mission of the academic colleges and to the broader community.


Local Startups


Avery Therapeutics, Inc. is dedicated to advancing tissue-engineered technologies for life science and therapeutics applications.

 bottle breacher

Bottle Breacher is one of the fastest growing Veteran Owned and Operated businesses in Arizona specializing in man-gifts.

 Capienda Biotech logo

Capienda Biotech is accelerating drug discovery and improving drug delivery using novel biotechnology for the pharmaceutical industry.

 Creative Tribe logo

Creative Tribe hosts monthly craft workshops + provides an online platform where creative women can connect, find community, and learn new creative skills.


Hivemetric offers dynamic financial modeling for startups and seamlessly creates financial forecasts that connect founder assumptions with investor expectations.


InHouse helps mortgage professionals build strong Realtor relationships and better connect with the modern homebuyer and seller.


O-Chute makes reusable parachute systems for drones.

 palo verde

Palo Verde Clinical Research helps companies execute FDA-regulated clinical trials that turn their pipeline candidates into marketed products.

 plasma glide

PlasmaGlide is a patented fixture table for the hand plasma cutter that allows the operator to achieve a CNC type cut with no programming, on any shape and size of metal.

 queen ceviche Queen Ceviche brings fresh salsas and ceviche, organic hibiscus syrup and other specialty foods to local farmers markets and festivals around Southern Arizona.
 stories that soar

Literacy Connects' mission is to connect people of all ages to a world of opportunities through literacy and creative expression.

 three wells

Three Wells Distilling produces Arizona Craft Spirits.

 we poll

WePoll is a political polling app.


McGuire New Venture Development Teams


Providing chemical manufacturers with a reducing agent to drive stronger, better reactions.

 Audivity Logo

Audivity is a content conversion platform where you upload written blog posts and receive professional quality podcasts.

 Access Logo

A networking platform that gives users access to exclusive nightlife and entertainment experiences through reliable promoters.

 Blare Logo

Tech-equipped jewelry to discreetly alert trusted contacts and law enforcement of a user’s location in dangerous situations.


Ecocrete is a company that creates construction materials comprised of recycled byproducts that are safe, cost-effective and ecofriendly.


Fin.point is an in-store location based technology, serving retailers to help their customers locate everything from items to assistance.


Genesence offers DNA testing for health-related genes, empowering you to take informed steps to a healthier you.


Promoting better lifestyle decisions and reducing future health risks by delivering a comprehensive genomic profile.


Gradeology creates in depth student e-profiles that employ predictive analytics to supplement course and career choices.

 Helping Hand

Helping Hand Engineering is selling a better lifestyle for those with physical limitations through an assistive glove.


Changing the workplace "vybe" one pre-planned event at a time.


Instant Business Pictures connects businesses looking for photographers with professional photographers looking for work.


Software empowered community engagement for the 21st century. Info, events, and notifications to residents with one tap.


Nani's wearable technology and easy-to-use app ensure that your loved ones are never lost in the crowd.


OrderBright is a smartphone ordering app that gives restaurant-goers the ability to browse menus, order food, and pay for their bill.


We offer a device that can analyze the quality and potency of a variety of substances, rapidly, accurately, and precisely.


At Pulsar we utilize the power of play to create a better music learning experience.


A dealer-free site to connect used car buyers and sellers with trust and confidence through a mechanic certification process.

 Sunshine Foods

Sunshine Foods is an allergy free, healthy food delivery service that serves school children K-12 nationwide.


We help parents teach children better habits by incentivizing children to achieve goals and rewards in an easy, automated way.


trekconnect is a web and mobile platform that provides a new way for users to engage in their travels.


Thank you to our sponsor, Microsoft, and our other event supporters!


Microsoft logo


 diamond ventures