Thursday, April 17

Utah Community Data Project offers remarkable demographic breakdowns of Utah communities

The Utah Community Data Project recently launched its updated online system for community-level demographic, housing and socioeconomic data. The system utilizes state-of-the-art software that helps users easily visualize and interact with information gathered from a variety of public and private sources. A growing selection of data profiles is available for a variety of geographies, including cities, census tracts and political districts.

Thursday, April 17

Utah Entrepreneur Challenge picks a winning recipe

The Utah Entrepreneur Series concluded Tuesday with Cowboy Kolaches winning a $40,000 cash prize offered by competition sponsor Zions Bank. The cash award was the grand prize for the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, which is the third and final event in the Utah Entrepreneur Series, a student-run division of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

Thursday, April 10

U students pitch invention on "Shark Tank;" viewing party Friday

Two University of Utah graduates will appear on ABC’s "Shark Tank" on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.Mountain time to make a pitch for their startup company, Power Practical, in hopes of receiving an investment.

With the help of the U’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, David Toledo and Paul Slusser developed a portable cooking pot capable of transforming heat and water into a usable power source that can charge phones or other devices using thermoelectricity.

Wednesday, April 09

New U research shows effect of online word-of-mouth on sales

A new study out of the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business found that when it comes to driving sales, what consumers say online is more important than the number of comments. The study also found that traditional advertising is a stronger driver of sales earlier in a product’s life cycle, but online commentary becomes a more critical driver as the product matures in the market.

Tuesday, April 08

U announces gift for transformative entrepreneur building

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah announced today a $12 million gift from Pierre Lassonde, bringing his total contribution to $25 million. The new donation will be used for a transformative building for student entrepreneurs. Estimated to cost $45 million, the 148,000-square-feet facility will unite 412 residences with 20,000-square-foot “garage” space for students to gather, build prototypes and launch companies. Officials expect the building to catapult the university’s reputation for entrepreneurship education.

Monday, April 07

Cal Boardman speaking Tuesday on "Business Ethics When Cultures Clash"

Cal Boardman, Professor Emeritus of Finance and recently retired Daniels Fund Chair in Business Ethics, is speaking about historical conflicts of business ethics and culture on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in the Borchard Conference Room at the S.J. Quinney College of Law on the U campus. 

Friday, April 04

Innovation Showcase winners announced

The Business Scholars program and the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute of the David Eccles School of Business are proud to announce the winners of the inaugural 2014 Student Innovation Showcase.

Student teams presented their ideas to faculty, community members and staff in a tradeshow-style event on March 21. Awards were given for “Best Pitch,” “Best Prototype,” “Best Branding” and “Best Idea.”

Tuesday, April 01

Finance students land in Top 20 of North and South American schools at CFA Research Challenge

A team of undergraduate Finance students from the David Eccles School of Business recently made a splash in the CFA Institute Research Challenge, competing with teams from more than 800 universities from around the world and landing in the top 20 teams for all of North and South America.