Solve real-world innovation challenges through entrepreneurship

Innovation Week at the University of Utah, hosted by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

Utah is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, and University of Utah is a national leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. We strongly believe this innovative culture includes teens and some of Utah’s best ideas come from teens across the state of Utah. We welcome teens of all interests, from business, to science, to sports and the arts to spend a week with Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute staff, faculty and students in the award-winning Lassonde Studios building. During this exciting week of guest speakers, creative ideas and innovative programming, you will learn to prototype ideas, interview consumers, and pitch concepts in the same way the most successful entrepreneurs do. You will also learn effective leadership techniques and to collaborate on high performance teams — skills that are highly coveted in today’s professional workforce. Everything you learn in this camp will position you to submit a competitive application for the Utah High School Entrepreneurial Challenge with a chance to win up to $30,000!

Register for Summer 2017

2017 Summer Details

  • Who: 15-18 year-olds (Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis)
  • What: A 1-week summer program where students learn design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation from world class entrepreneurs and innovators. Students form teams to build solutions and business models that tackle real-world problems and pitch for money at the end of the week.
  • When: June 19-22, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Where: The University of Utah Eccles School of Business, 1655 East Campus Center Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  • Cost: $350 + $50 special fee (Need-based scholarships available.)

Sample Schedule

  • Monday
    • Defining innovation and entrepreneurship
    • Entrepreneurship lunch panel
    • Intro to design-thinking
  • Tuesday
    • Design challenge
    • Real-world problem identification
    • Guest entrepreneur
  • Wednesday
    • Personal roadmap
    • Prototyping and pitch prep
    • Mentor session
    • Pitch development
  • Thursday
    • Pitch prep
    • Prototype finish
    • Impact and entrepreneurship
    • Final pitch competition and showcase