2nd Annual Bear Down & Pitch Competition at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

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Date(s) – 04/18/2019
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm



In just five minutes, an innovative concept for a new business venture could flourish with support from some of Arizona’s most successful entrepreneurs. That’s the hope of five student teams from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona when they pitch their new ventures to judges Mario Martinez II, co-founder of Startup AZ Foundation, Holly Lyman, founder of WILD TONIC, and Mark Scatterday, founder of Jupiter Research, during the second annual Bear Down & Pitch competition on Thursday, April 18. 

The event, which is open to the public, takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, in Scottsdale. Christie Kerner, director of venture development at Startup AZ Foundation, will serve as the event’s emcee.

Throughout the year, more than 80 University of Arizona students receive experiential education that engages them in the process of moving innovation from an early-stage idea to a sustainable launch-ready venture.  

Bear Down & Pitch positions McGuire’s “launch-ready” student venture teams to pitch in front of the Phoenix entrepreneurship community. Thanks to Deron Webb ’89 BSBA (Business Administration), managing principal at WWP, and Paul Clayton, founder of Paul Clayton Consulting, active Phoenix investors and venture capitalists will convene to get a glimpse of McGuire’s new, innovative business ventures.

“Deron and Paul have been incredibly supportive of McGuire students and heled us launch this event in 2018,” says McGuire Center Interim Director Rick Yngve. “We’re fortunate they’re returning to provide McGuire students with another chance to showcase their talents to the Phoenix entrepreneurship community. It’s a remarkable opportunity for McGuire students to engage with such a notable group of thought leaders.” 

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