Teddy bears, mechanical leeches and brain drill bits

Teddy bears, mechanical leeches, brain drill bits and many more prototypes are not things you would expect to see at a typical student competition. But the annual Bench-2-Bedside competition at the University of Utah is anything but typical. Bench-2-Bedside is a medical-device prototype and business-plan competition that just concluded its third season. Eighteen teams competed, […]

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Student entrepreneurs shine at Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Owlet Baby Monitors, a student team from Brigham Young University, won the grand prize of $40,000 at the 2013 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (UEC) during the recent awards banquet. The UEC is a statewide student business plan competition sponsored by Zions Bank and hosted by the Utah Entrepreneur Series, a division of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Center […]

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U of Utah, Lassonde Center fuel state’s No. 1 rank for small business

A respected online platform for hiring local contractors and a foundation focused on entrepreneurship have ranked Utah as the No. 1 state for small business. In putting together the ranking, Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation collected 7,766 responses from very small businesses across the country—96 percent of respondents have fewer than 10 employees. When announcing […]

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Student innovation sets the U apart

When you think about innovation at the U, you might immediately think of faculty research and commercialization. That is critical and impressive, but it’s only one piece of the picture. Thousands of students — from middle schoolers to post-docs — also play a central role through many unique programs, competitions and opportunities. These students are […]

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Mobile testing team wins Opportunity Quest

Christopher and Andrew Pagels, team iTest, recently won $5,000 and the grand prize at the U branch of Opportunity Quest, a statewide business plan executive summary competition. In second was Fetch with a bicycle delivery service, and in third was AdvanceCath with a urinary catheter concept designed to reduce urinary tract infections. The Pagels’ product, […]

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