Marco Ugarte, PhD sustainability student, stands behind the NASDAQ podium. Ugarte's venture, Agavenol, was one of three winners from the First SmartView Eco Entrepreneur Challenge. The achievement earned the team the opportunity to join the Global Reporting Initiative in the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony on May 14 in New York City.
Raúl Gonzales has always had a passion for science, but as an ASU doctoral student on a biofuels project he realized that the combination of business and science could be a powerful driver of change. He decided to team up with friends, including Marco Ugarte, and launched Agavenol, an alternative fuel source which turns agave into ethanol.