President Barack Obama proclaimed Nov. 22, National Entrepreneurs’ Day to celebrate men and women who start businesses, create jobs and build a stronger economy. The University of Utah fosters and encourages entrepreneurs of tomorrow through mentorship, support, education and a large variety of programs.
Since 2001, the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah has offered students a wide variety of engagement opportunities such as:
- New Venture Development, in which faculty inventors are paired with graduate students who write business plans for them.
- The Utah Foundry, which is a business educational program meant to accelerate regional economic growth through the development of principled, lifelong, entrepreneurial leaders.
- The Utah Entrepreneur Series, a statewide competition process that guides students from an idea to implementation of a successful business.
The institute is supported by the David Eccles School of Business, which has ranked among the top-25 schools for entrepreneurship for the third year in the annual survey by the Princeton Review. The school recently created a new interdisciplinary certificate in entrepreneurship for undergraduate students that gives them the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship from experts.