Thursday, March 05

Top college entrepreneurs compete for $40,000

The top 20 best college entrepreneur teams will show off their ingenuity at the 2015 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge on March 28.

More than 180 teams initially entered the competition, and the top 20 student teams will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.



Tuesday, February 24

Utah tourism going strong according to a new tourism industry report by BEBR

As warmer weather signals the start of the spring and summer tourism season, the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) today released “The State of Utah’s Tourism, Travel and Recreation Industry,” a report providing a comprehensive overview of tourism, travel and recreation-related spending, employment, wages, visitation, sales, tax revenue and industry performance in Utah.

Wednesday, February 18

Utah students to take Microsoft App Challenge

Instagram. Snapchat. Yik Yak. Do you have an idea for the next big mobile app?

If so, you should take part in the Microsoft Mobile Application & Analytics Challenge, which will kick off in early March. The Eccles School and Microsoft have teamed up to bring the challenge to all University of Utah students and even some high-achieving Utah high schoolers.

Wednesday, February 04

Policy Innovation Lab looks to help governments across the West

For state and local governments, repairing a road or building a new park easily shows a benefit to taxpayers and can be fairly simple to fund. But addressing longer-term issues, such as homelessness or early-childhood achievement gaps can prove trickier.

The new Policy Innovation Lab at the Eccles School’s Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center, though, is aiming to help three to five governments in the Western United States tackle such issues with an innovative funding source called Pay for Success (PFS).

Monday, February 02

Team Jedi Wins Utah FIRST LEGO League State Championship

With “the force” on their side, team Jedi won the first-place Champions Award at the Fifth Annual Utah FIRST LEGO League State Championship at the University of Utah on Saturday, Jan. 31. The Jedi will advance to the FIRST LEGO League World Festival and FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo., in April.

Thursday, January 29

University of Utah kicks off Games4Health Competition with total prize money of $50,000

The University of Utah is asking creative and innovative students from across the globe to address real-world challenges facing wellbeing, home health and clinical needs in the 2nd Annual Games4Health Grand Prix Competition. Prize money will total $50,000 for digital games that improve various aspects of health.

The healthcare industry finds itself in the midst of the most profound transformation in over a century. Digital technologies are expected to drive positive change around the world.

Tuesday, January 27

SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar to address David Eccles School of Business students

United States Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar will address students on Feb. 3, 2015 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Eccles School’s Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building Auditorium (Room 1110).

Piwowar is one of five members of the SEC. President Barack Obama appointed him in 2013.

Seating is limited, so students are asked to register for the free event here, and they will be admitted based on RSVPs or their place in the day-of standby line. The event is expected to reach capacity quickly.

Thursday, January 22

On Forbes | Utahns: 'This is the Place' For Impact Investing

Jim Sorenson and the Eccles School’s Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center receive praise in this Forbes article on impact investing. Utah is also praised for its culture of volunteerism, entrepreneurship and generous giving as the foundation for what author Aaron Hurst predicts will be the driving economic force for the world in the next 10 years: the purpose economy.