Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Major, Minor & Interdisciplinary Certificate

Developing the entrepreneurial mindset among business students is one of the key elements of the Eccles School’s mission. This quality is in high demand among employers of our graduates. Through the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, the Eccles School offers both a major and a minor in entrepreneurship. The courses are rigorous because all the students have the same level of sophistication with regard to business. These courses will allow you to develop the entrepreneurial mindset and show future employers why you’ll be an asset to their organizations because of it.

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Develop the diverse range of foundational skills necessary to become effective entrepreneurs.


Learn the foundational entrepreneurship and innovation skills necessary to create valuable solutions to pressing problems within any organizational setting.


Contribute to the field by working closely with world-renowned faculty who have extensive publication records and experience training and placing doctoral students.


The entrepreneurship certificate is a cost- and time-effective way for students to get the skills they need to start up their own companies or work for a startup.

Classes & Electives

Just want to take a class to get a taste or fill an elective requirement? We offer many classes that you can take to satisfy your curiosity.

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 Institute also manages the Lassonde Studios, a new $45 million innovation space and housing facility for all students.

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Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Rising Star Internship
  • Do you realize the value in gaining experience relevant to your major and long-term career plans?
  • Are you looking for an extraordinary educational experience as you explore a specific management topic from real-world examples at the workplace in your final paper?
  • Did you know you can receive three (3) credit hours for an internship in Entrepreneurship that will count as one of your three entrepreneurship electives?

Each semester, a few lucky students will be accepted for this unique opportunity on the basis of their previous academic record at the University of Utah, successful completion of ENTP 5000, as well as the strength of the learning expected in the newly acquired internship or recent promotion in a current position.

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Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Rising Star Internship


The Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy believes in providing conferences that help you in the academic pursuit of knowledge.

Upcoming Conferences

The Entrepreneurship & Strategy Department at the David Eccles School of Business is hosting an annual conference focused on academic work in strategy. The conference is cosponsored by Brigham Young University and host status alternates each year.

The conference will have roughly 50 participants, including other top scholars in the field. This year’s attendees and speakers/discussants include Jackson Nickerson, Andrew Van de Ven, Jeff Macher, Belen Villalonga, Jay Barney, Kathy Eisenhardt, and Teppo Felin, as well as 9 junior scholar presenters selected by our Advisory Board as top young scholars in the field.

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Past Conferences

2016 Annual Winter Strategy Conference

The Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy holds an annual conference where top thought leaders present their latest research. This conference is sponsored by the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, with host status alternating each year. Our 2016 Winter Strategy Conference was hosted by Brigham Young University, and you can view the details at this link: Winter Strategy Conference 2016.

Speaker series

The Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy regularly holds seminars from top thought leaders.

Upcoming events