Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition


James McGuire Competition

The McGuire Business Plan Competition is Laureate’s signature entrepreneurship competition, open to all members of the Laureate network, both undergraduate and graduate, and intended to support current students who are pursuing entrepreneurial ventures. Started in 2007, the competition has supported more than 20 student teams working in a variety of fields. The competition has a truly global reach and aims to be a diverse, innovative means of support for students using the skills learned at their institutions to start and sustain unique business ventures. The competition was created in 2007 by Douglas L. Becker, chairman and CEO of Laureate Education, Inc., in order to honor James H. McGuire, a former member of Laureate’s board of directors and an innovator and entrepreneur in his own right.

The selected finalists and winners receive in-depth coaching and mentorship support from internal and external partners, including academics, successful entrepreneurs and peers on their own entrepreneurial journey, both during the time of their final presentations and throughout the year following their selection.

More information about this year’s competition and application deadlines can be found here.

2016 winners:

 James McGuire Competition

Servilectric
Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC Mexico)
Undergraduate Team

Leveraging the power of the wind to provide affordable, ecologically friendly and reliable electricity.

 James McGuire Competition

H2 Electry
Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC Mexico)
Graduate Team

Using hydrogen to make engines more efficient while reducing pollution and transportation costs.

Past winners:

Assuage Mom - Pearl Academy — India

Assuage Mom
Pearl Academy — India
Undergraduate Team

Clothing designed for nursing mothers

ICH - Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC) — Mexico

ICH
Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC) — Mexico
Graduate Team

High quality 100% recyclable eyeglass frames for people in low-income communities

Tope - Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC) — México

Tope
Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC) — México
Undergraduate Team

Creating energy from speed bumps

Straw Bales - Instituto Profesional AIEP

Straw Bales
Instituto Profesional AIEP
Graduate Team

Creating homes for Chilean residents out of straw

Capsule - Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana — Honduras

Capsule
Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana — Honduras
Undergraduate Team

Sustainable and easily deployable housing

EcoLadrillos - Universidad Tecnológica de México

EcoLadrillos
Universidad Tecnológica de México
Graduate Team

Green construction bricks that significantly reduce costs

Ekologi - Universidad Tecnológica de México

Ekologi
Universidad Tecnológica de México
Undergraduate Team

Eco-friendly bio-fertilizers

Caba Construcciones Inteligentes - Universidad del Valle de México

Caba Construcciones Inteligentes
Universidad del Valle de México
Graduate Team

Exploring ways to make construction more sustainable and affordable

LSC Guindastes - Universidade Salvador — Brazil

LSC Guindastes
Universidade Salvador — Brazil

Seeking to develop technology to improve safety in tower crane construction

Chill & Chic - Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas — Peru

Chill & Chic
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas — Peru

A clothing boutique for female professionals between the ages of 18 and 25