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Lassonde Entrepreneur Center marks 10th anniversary

What was once just a “crazy idea” to bring business and science students together is now one of the most successful student entrepreneurial centers in the country. The Pierre and Claudette MacKay Lassonde New Venture Development Center at the University of Utah (the U) is marking its 10th anniversary this month with student success stories […]

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University of Utah Research Leads to Commercialization of “Smart Feeding Tube”

Feeding tubes are not as harmless as they seem. Every year in the U.S. over 40,000 feeding tubes are mistakenly placed into a patient’s lungs, which results in an estimated 6,000 deaths. But a University of Utah startup company, Veritract Inc., hopes to end these risks by making the placement of feeding tubes much safer […]

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Students leverage Lassonde experience to land good jobs

When Arlo McGinn entered the University of Utah (the U) as a doctoral student in pharmacology and toxicology, he had only an inkling of the entrepreneurial adventure he had undertaken. Initially tapped in 2008, along with MBA students Mark Adams and Kalyani Yerra, to evaluate the commercialization potential for a novel optically-guided endoscopic feeding tube […]

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VIDEO: Bench to Bedside competition

The first annual Bench to Bedside Medical Device Competition concluded recently. Student teams developed device prototypes on a $500 budget and competed for a slice of $70,000 in prize money. Competitors included medical students, engineering students, business students, and other undergraduate and graduate students. The program is operated through the Technology Venture Development office at […]

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Students win $40K at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Garth Koyle and Seth Shoultes left Rice Eccles Stadium Wednesday evening with a $40,000 check after winning the grand prize at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Final Awards Banquet. The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is a student entrepreneur competition sponsored by Zions Bank and has helped to fund dozens of student business ventures since its inception in […]

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Utah Entrepreneur Challenge announces top 30 teams

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge — a statewide, student-run entrepreneur competition — announced the top 30 teams for its 2011 competition recently. These top 30 teams come from universities and colleges throughout Utah. Over 130 student teams registered for the yearly competition. Initial registrants were asked to submit a four- to seven-page executive summary, describing a […]

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Opportunity Quest winners for 2010-11

Students from 10 universities and colleges in Utah are each closer to starting their businesses after winning Opportunity Quest competitions sponsored by Zions Bank recently. Opportunity Quest is an executive summary competition held between November and February each year. Zion Bank sponsors the Opportunity Quest competitions held at 10 universities and colleges across the state. […]

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