From Poverty to E-commerce Mogul in Tanzania

When Bonaventure Mhonda was a child in rural Tanzania, it would have been impossible for him to think he would do anything like graduate from the University of Utah with a master’s in finance and become an e-commerce entrepreneur. Most people in his local area are poor, families struggle to feed themselves, and children walk […]

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For some entrepreneurs, taking an unexpected opportunity all the way really pays off. is an online platform created by Brandon Welch that allows doctors to visit with their patients online through video calls, for free. In 2012, Welch was a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah in biomedical infographics. While working on a […]

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U Student Lands Prestigious Job at Boston Consulting Group

Bharath Velagapudi is finishing up his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Utah. He is studying neural engineering and thought he was destined for a job as a researcher and professor. But that was before he enrolled in the Pierre and Claudette Lassonde New Venture Development Center. The technology commercialization program is provided […]

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Turning Science into Business: The Lassonde New Venture Development Center

Graduate students in the Pierre and Claudette Lassonde New Venture Development Center get more than a life-changing experience. They also work on real technologies with potential to improve the lives of thousands of people across the globe. Founded in 2001, the New Venture Development Center is one of the premier programs offered by the Lassonde […]

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XLynk: An Adhesion-Barrier Gel for Surgical Patients

University of Utah engineering students Brody King, Arielle Hassett and Jordan Davis are cofounders of XLynk, a medical startup company developing a spray-gel adhesion barrier to prevent adhesions forming after abdominal, gynecological or laparoscopic surgeries. The gel is sprayed into the body in a thin form, and as soon as it enters the body, it […]

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