Master of Business Creation Wins Excellence Award from Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

The Master of Business Creation (MBC) program at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business continues to receive recognition for its unique approach to training and supporting working entrepreneurs.

The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) presented the MBC program its award for “Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation” at the organization’s annual conference at the University of Texas at Dallas on Oct. 5-7.

“We are proud to offer the first and only Master of Business Creation program,” said Paul Brown, co-director of the MBC program and a professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy. “Recognition like this shows we are offering something unique and valuable to entrepreneurs. We invite founders to explore the program and enroll online or in-person to grow and scale their businesses.”

More than 700 leaders from universities across the world attended the annual GCEC conference. It brings together leading university entrepreneurship programs to advance university-based entrepreneurship education.

The teaching award honors a center that has developed a significant original innovation in entrepreneurship pedagogy. Selection criteria included differentiation from existing programs, measurable learning outcomes, student engagement, and stakeholder support.

The MBC program is offered in partnership between the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy and Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the Eccles School. The program provides courses, workshops, and labs specifically designed for aspiring entrepreneurs building and scaling their business.

Entrepreneurs can enroll in the MBC program in one of two formats – an in-person, full-time, two-semester option or an online, part-time, three-semester option. In both options, founders work to grow their companies, take entrepreneurially focused classes, engage in practicum labs, and receive personalized support. Faculty and mentors in the program are leading scholars and experienced entrepreneurs who can provide detailed insight into all stages of the entrepreneurial process.

The Eccles School created the MBC program to blend the best attributes of a top-tier business curriculum with a startup accelerator. The founders develop their startups during the program while taking classes from leading experts and receiving extensive resources and mentorship to help them address their immediate business needs.

“Founders in the MBC program tell us the program has made a big difference in their ability to meet the many challenges they face,” said Taft Price, co-director of the MBC program and a professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy. “We provide many learning opportunities to share our experiences and best practices, and both the online and in-person program options are customized to each founder through personal mentorship.”

GCEC is headquartered at the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship in Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. It facilitates collaboration of global entrepreneurship center leaders with the goal of advancing, strengthening and celebrating the role universities fulfill in educating future entrepreneurs.

Learn more about the Master of Business Creation and apply by visiting the program website at Eccles.Utah.edu/MBC.

About the David Eccles School of Business

The Eccles School is synonymous with “doing.” The Eccles experience provides a world-class business education with a unique, entrepreneurial focus on real-world scenarios where students put what they learn into practice long before graduation. Founded in 1917 and educating more than 6,000 students annually, the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business offers nine undergraduate majors, four MBAs, eight other graduate programs, a Ph.D. in five areas and executive education curricula. The School is also home to 12 institutes, centers and initiatives that deliver academic research and support an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit Eccles.Utah.edu or call 801-581-7676.

About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute also manages Lassonde Studios, a five-story innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at Lassonde.Utah.edu.

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