TrailRax: Enhancing the Off-Roading Experience

Do you like off-road adventures? Adam Engelke, a University of Utah student and off-roading enthusiast, started a company to help you get more from your off-roading and over-landing experiences. TrailRax provides USA-manufactured, roof-rack equipment, and storage solutions. “From Jeep Wranglers to all mid-sized trucks and more, our products help customers better their experience with equipment […]

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Pierre Lassonde Retires from Franco-Nevada as It Reaches a $38B Valuation

After 35 years leading Franco-Nevada, Pierre Lassonde – the founder of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business – retired from the company when he stepped down as chairman of the board earlier this month. The milestone concluded an epic career with the company he cofounded in 1985 […]

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Intubation Device Protects Healthcare Providers from Exposure to COVID-19

Through the Cords, a Salt Lake City-based company that launched at the University of Utah with help from the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, is stepping up production and distribution of its intubation device, the Runnels Total Control IntroducerTM (TCI), to meet the urgent need for first-attempt intubation success during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The TCI is uniquely […]

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First Founders Graduating from Master of Business Creation Program

The University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business and Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute will graduate the first group of founders from the unique Master of Business Creation (MBC) program at the end of the Spring Semester. The graduation marks a major milestone in an effort to create a one-of-a-kind program designed specifically for entrepreneurs who […]

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How Startups are Pivoting (and Thriving) during the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic rages, several startups in a year-old master’s program in Salt Lake City are using their own innovations to serve those on the front lines and to help keep communities connected and healthy. Telemedicine company Doxy.me has seen a 1,000-fold increase in demand and quadrupled its staff, serving some 274,000 providers and […]

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Virtual Prom Live: Bringing Prom Back to High Schools across the Country

Prom is back on! After cancelations at thousands of high schools across the country due to COVID-19, students can now participate virtually by registering for Virtual Prom Live. This will allow students to still have a prom while practicing appropriate social distancing. The new nationwide effort is led by Taylor Buckley, a founder in the […]

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Sawtooth Wins $30,000 Grand Prize in Outdoor Weber Competition

Sawtooth, a startup in the Master of Business Creation (MBC) program at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, won first place and the $30,000 grand prize at the third annual Weber State University Camping World Outdoor Weber student entrepreneurship competition recently. The company offers a waterproof truck bed tonneau cover that stretches […]

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KURU Footwear: 2006 Winner of the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Since winning the 2006 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, KURU Footwear has become a leading direct-to-consumer shoe brand. The company has headquarters in Salt Lake City and specializes in shoes that eliminate foot pain. “Going through each round of the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge taught us the value of persistence, reacting quickly to outside feedback, and to not […]

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