What Makes an Entrepreneur? 6 Must-Have Characteristics

As more individuals flock to the entrepreneurship field, the definition of an entrepreneur has shifted. Successful entrepreneurs start non-profits, businesses, foundations and more, are all ages and from all education levels. However, there are qualities that all entrepreneurs have in common. Faculty and students from the Lassonde Entrepreneurship Institute and the University of Utah shared […]

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Accelerate Your Summer: An Overview of Lassonde’s Student-Run Summer Internships

The Lassonde Entrepreneurship Institute and Lassonde Studios are the places to be for new experiences and opportunities at the University of Utah. During summer 2018, Lassonde introduced student-run, student-focused internships in three categories: Founders, Program Managers and Startup Team interns. All three of the summer internship programs lasted 10 weeks, and vary on time commitments, […]

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7 Reasons to Study Entrepreneurship in College

Entrepreneurship is booming. Startup companies across the globe are gaining traction, attracting capital and customers. As interest in entrepreneurship grows, so do the academic programs. Whether you’re already running a company, you’re considering a major or minor program or don’t quite yet have a plan, below are seven reasons why taking an entrepreneurship class is […]

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Troy D’Ambrosio Q&A: Entrepreneurship is a Team Sport

Troy D’Ambrosio, the executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and an assistant dean at the David Eccles School of Business, is a serial entrepreneur and widely admired business mind. Cofounder, officer and director of multiple startup companies including Transworld Telecommunications, Convergence Communications and EPM Mining Ventures, D’Ambrosio’s pursuits have attracted over $500 million in […]

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Jay Barney Q&A: Teaching Entrepreneurial Action

Jay Barney is a strategy scholar, presidential professor of strategic management, and the Lassonde chair in social entrepreneurship in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. Barney is a global expert, receiving honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Lund in Sweden, the Copenhagen Business School […]

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From Lassonde to Genentech

Not all students working at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute become serial entrepreneurs. Some develop valuable skills that they apply to many other industries and professions. Katherine Aiello is one of these students. Aiello participated in the Pierre and Claudette Lassonde New Venture Development Center in 2016-17, while pursuing a Ph.D. in bioengineering at the University of […]

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Doxy.me: Turning Risk into Reward

For some entrepreneurs, taking an unexpected opportunity all the way really pays off. Doxy.me 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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From SWOT to “So What?”: A New Method for Analyzing Outcomes

SWOT analyses have been used by marketers for years while planning for the outcome of anything, from a product to an individual, in a specific market. SWOT is an acronym for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and is generally laid out in a four-plot grid, filled out with lists. While these analyses are the traditional […]

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