When Step Up to Justice formed in January 2017, its founders were committed to providing free legal services to low-income residents in Pima County. Now, they’ve gotten a boost by taking the top prize in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship’s Social Impact Summit Pitch Competition.
As an intern, Sonali George proved her entrepreneurship potential at Microsoft. In turn, Microsoft decided she was a keeper. She started there in January.
Clayton Kammerer brought his own goal to the McGuire New Venture Development Program: getting food from local farms to the complex network of farmers markets in Southern Arizona.
Sharon O’Brien had a dream before landing in entrepreneurship classes at McGuire in 2004. She wanted to build on her degrees in theater education and cinematography.
She steps up to the podium, looking crisp, like a CEO in the making, in a white blazer, while others in the class sport T-shirts and shorts. “We are the Eller Think Tank team,” Katie Alhadeff proclaims. The 20 other students stop doodling. They sit up, put down their phones and listen.