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U Celebrates National Entrepreneurs’ Day Every Day

President Barack Obama proclaimed Nov. 22, National Entrepreneurs’ Day to celebrate men and women who start businesses, create jobs and build a stronger economy. The University of Utah fosters and encourages entrepreneurs of tomorrow through mentorship, support, education and a large variety of programs.

Students from the University of Utah have successfully launched businesses such as Power Practical, Armor Active, Xandem and Char Poles.

Since 2001, the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah has offered students a wide variety of engagement opportunities such as:

  • New Venture Development, in which faculty inventors are paired with graduate students who write business plans for them.
  • The Utah Foundry, which is a business educational program meant to accelerate regional economic growth through the development of principled, lifelong, entrepreneurial leaders.
  • The Utah Entrepreneur Series, a statewide competition process that guides students from an idea to implementation of a successful business.

The institute is supported by the David Eccles School of Business, which has ranked among the top-25 schools for entrepreneurship for the third year in the annual survey by the Princeton Review. The school recently created a new interdisciplinary certificate in entrepreneurship for undergraduate students that gives them the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship from experts.

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