The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to building innovative capacity in individuals, organizations, and society through top-notch education, co-curricular activities, outreach, and research.


New Venture Development Program

The NVD is an exciting, challenging, and engaging yearlong academic experience open to University of Arizona undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study. Learn the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation through the hands-on process of taking an innovation from an early-stage idea to a viable venture. 

Learn more: McGuire Entrepreneurship Program 

Eller Entrepreneurship + Innovation Capstone (EI)

ENTR 485 Innovating: Creating the Future is the summative experience for Eller business students in their senior year. Students complete EI armed with the ability to creatively and confidently tackle unstructured problems in entrepreneurial, corporate, government, or nonprofit environments.

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Social Impact

Social Innovation 

Social Innovation Certificate

The Social Innovation Certificate provides Eller undergraduate students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skill sets in real-world environments. Through experiential learning with nonprofit organizations and local small businesses, students engage with the local community, connect theory to practice, and enhance their employability. 

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Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate equips nonprofit leaders with the business skills necessary to meet today's challenges and lead organizations through an uncertain and changing context.

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Economic Development

Business Certificate Program

An educational program for small business owners, the Business Certificate Program consists of six business classes covering diverse topics such as management, marketing, sales, accounting, finance, and legal issues. 

Learn more: Business Certificate Program

Business Consulting Program

The Eller Economic Development Program helps to grow small businesses through consulting offered by Eller College business students, with mentoring from faculty and volunteers from local businesses.

Learn more: Business Consulting Program

BNAD 455 Small Business Development and Consulting

This course for Eller undergraduate students provides a project based, integrative experience that brings together all aspects of business into one project. In the classroom, activities focus on consulting skills that help students develop a framework for analyzing business processes. Outside of the classroom, each student consulting team works with a local small business owner with professional guidance and mentoring for each team provided by local business professionals and Eller alumni, in addition to Eller faculty and staff.

Learn more: BNAD 455



Student Entrepreneurship Association

The Student Entrepreneurship Association, based out of the University of Arizona's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, is dedicated to connecting UA students from all colleges and encouraging entrepreneurial activities within and outside of the campus community.

Learn more: Student Entrepreneurship Association

McGuire Innovation Expo

The McGuire Innovation Expo is an annual gathering of the Tucson entrepreneurial ecosystem. The event takes place in the Spring on the UA Mall by the Student Union and showcases local startups, alumni ventures, organizations that support the entrepreneurial community, entrepreneurial education offerings from across the UA, McGuire Entrepreneurship Program new venture teams, and more. 

Learn more: McGuire Innovation Expo 

NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship partners with Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) to participate in the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative designed to prepare scientists and engineers to expand their focus beyond the laboratory and increase the impact of basic research. The purpose of I-Corps is to identify intellectual property with the greatest potential for social and economic impact and move it toward commercialization. 

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The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship hosts events each year in honor of homecoming. 

Learn more: Homecoming



McGuire Summer Academy

The McGuire Summer Academy in Entrepreneurship is a one-week summer program for juniors and seniors from local high schools serving underserved communities, though we encourage students from any Tucson-area high school to apply. 

Learn more: McGuire Summer Academy

Dorrance Summer Entrepreneurship Experience

The Dorrance Summer Entrepreneurship Experience, hosted by The University of Arizona’s top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, helps first-generation college students develop their own social (nonprofit) and commercial ideas. 

Learn more: Dorrance Summer Entrepreneurship Experience