UA McGuire Entrepreneurship startup brings home the ACVC Territorial Cup for 2nd year

We were fortunate to watch 11 student-led startups, from four collegiate entrepreneurship programs, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University (NACET) and Grand Canyon University, at the Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition pitch to our panel of judges.

All the teams competed at ASU SkySong for a share of cash prizes and Draper University (DU) scholarships valued over $60,000, and the Territorial Cup trophy. The biggest pot of prizes we’ve had to date!

In the end, a UA startup, Worksphere, from McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at the Eller College of Management, won the Territorial Cup and will be returning the trophy to Tucson for the 2nd year.

Worksphere, is a mobile management software that can improve employee accountability, communication and productivity while reducing costs in businesses, was the winner of ACVC 2016. They took home $5,500 in cash and one Draper University scholarship. Daniel Dicochea, CEO of Worksphere, will attend DU’s program on behalf of the company.

After the competition, Dicochea said, “We’ve been to a lot of competitions, and there is nothing like this one. The people are friendly, the environment is uplifting and the experience is surreal. It feels absolutely amazing.”

Dicochea was very excited to receive the scholarship and travel to Silicon Valley for his company. “We’ve made a ton of progress to date. [Attending DU] will propel us, it’s more than words can say what Draper can do for us,” he said.

It was an exciting year! We filled the room with over 100 attendees that included angel investors, influencers, students, community leaders and more.

acvc-judgesScott McIntosh, angel entrepreneur, co-founder of MAC6 and co-sponsor of ACVC, said, “ACVC brings out the best competitive spirit from each of these four great universities.”

Tracy Lea, venture manager of ASU Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative who emceed the event said, “The state-wide startup community really showed their support for this year’s installment and the student ventures did not disappoint.”

The Draper University partnership was a new addition for this year and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this opportunity to the ventures. Tim Draper’s passion and encouraging words to the students help them to dream big and go after their dreams with gusto!

This year, three DU scholarships went to two ventures from UA (including Worksphere) and one to an ASU venture.

“While we were pleased to provide cash prizes to the winning teams, the bigger impact is to change the lives of three deserving student entrepreneurs through our partnership with DU,” McIntosh commented.

The real exciting part is that the entrepreneurs who won scholarships will reside on the Draper campus in Silicon Valley for an intensive world-class 7-week entrepreneurship experience.

We heard from our partner Allie Felix, marketing manager of Draper University thatStudents coming to Draper University can expect to become truly immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem, alongside a cohort of entrepreneurs from all over the world. They will learn essential startup skills from over 50 industry experts, iterate their startup idea, and pitch to a panel of venture capitalists.”

As part of the ACVC program, each team participated in a Conscious Capitalism Workshop provided by co-sponsor MAC6 Leadership and will receive additional mentorship over the next 12 months. Thanks Scott & Kyle McIntosh of MAC6!

“Entrepreneurship rocks in Arizona and I am grateful to be able to contribute in some small way,” Scott McIntosh said.

Let’s meet all of the prize winners…

Territorial Cup Winner received $5,500 and a Draper University Scholarship
Worksphere, UA

Gold Level Winner received $4,500
Let’s Chat, ASU – Awarded a Draper University Scholarship

Silver Level Winners received $3,500
Bailiwic, UA  – Awarded a Draper University Scholarship
Defiiant Technologies, UA
PayUp, NAU
Storage Together, GCU

Copper Level Winners received $1,500
NEAR, GCU
Synergyan, ASU
TailSpace, GCU
Tech Dispatcher, ASU
Wild Gear Warehouse, NAU

We don’t have the location and date of the 2017 ACVC location yet, but if you are interested in joining or know of a collegiate startup who should get in on the action, please contact Hool Coury Law: mhool@hoolcourylaw.com

We here at Hool Coury Law are very fortunate to be the founders and co-sponsor of the ACVC and provide opportunities to our collegiate ventures that helps them grow great companies in Arizona.