Curriculum

Thanks to our pioneering curriculum, by the time students complete the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, they are armed with the skills necessary to apply principles of entrepreneurship and innovation in any field.

The McGuire Program is a year-long experience. Students enroll in specific classes during the fall and spring semesters; in order to fully realize a new venture by the end of an academic year, however, orientation begins at the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the McGuire Program in the fall. Beginning on day one, students are challenged to think about the difference between a good idea and a groundbreaking venture and required summer projects get students working on team creation and venture concepts before the first class even begins in August.

In the fall, all Program students take Venture Development I (ENTR 487 for undergrads and ECON 534 for grad students). Venture ideas are developed and students work on proof of concept through interviews, market research, surveys, financial feasibility studies and more. Early on, teams are matched with an Entrepreneurship Mentor-in-Residence who has complementary experience and expertise. Each team meets with its mentor at least once a week throughout the fall and spring semesters to be individually coached as they advance the new venture. Learn more: Mentors.

In the spring, with Venture Development II (ENTR 484 or MGMT 539), the focus shifts to fine turning and sharing the new venture concept. Teams learn to write a business plan that will attract partners and investors and tell a compelling story that will appeal to potential customers. Teams work on polishing presentations and tradeshow booths in order to engage audiences at McGuire on the Mall, the Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition and the McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase. Additionally, select teams also participate in national business plan competitions.

While all Program students take Venture Development I and II, some students are required to take additional classes to complete the McGuire Program. For specific details about required classes and class schedules, select your student status or below: