15 Student Startups in Residence at Lassonde Studios for Summer 2018

Fifteen student startup companies are engaged in an intense summer experience at the University of Utah through the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. Each startup applied and was admitted earlier this year to be startups in residence at Lassonde Studios, a large innovation and residence facility on […]

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U Doctor, Students Raise $975,000 for Intubation Tech

While treating people in Africa, University of Utah anesthesiologist Sean Runnels invented a suite of intubation tools for placing breathing tubes during medical procedures. Now, he is moving rapidly toward selling the products. With help from students at the U’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC), he refined his […]

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Startups & Pricing: Don’t Price Too Low

I’m on the board of a venture-backed startup that sells software-as-a-service. At a board meeting a while ago, the CFO enthusiastically announced that the company’s customer retention rate was 96 percent. I didn’t want to be a killjoy, but commented that, in my opinion, this was actually a bad sign. If customer churn was really […]

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Prolink.gg: The Social Network for Gamers

A social network for gamers, Prolink.gg is taking off after winning second place and $10,000 at the 2018 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge in April. The statewide competition is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and sponsored by Zions Bank. In addition to launching their mobile apps recently, Prolink.gg’s beta site has over 150,000 visitors and they expect […]

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