Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy

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Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy

The Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the David Eccles School of Business is globally recognized for enabling students to experience entrepreneurship in both theory and practice. Our award-winning faculty — some academic scholars, some seasoned practitioners, and some both — teach entrepreneurship, innovation, and value-creation through new venture formation and innovative strategies. Coursework covers building blocks such as ideation, innovative business models, venture funding, strategy, product development, entrepreneurial marketing, and social entrepreneurship. Beyond the classroom, the department offers engagement opportunities through its worldclass centers and institutes.

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Entrepreneur at a Top 10 Program

US News entrepreneurship ranking

Why Study Entrepreneurship at the Eccles School?

The Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy offers electives and classes for students of all types at the University of Utah.

Entrepreneurship faculty and mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds and have deep knowledge and experience in all areas related to entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is all about adding value. Entrepreneurs add value to a product, a team, an industry or an idea.

Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking that enables students to work on interdisciplinary teams, identify opportunities, learn how to add value, and create a company, idea, or impact.

The David Eccles School of Business is ranked among the top 10 schools in the country for entrepreneurship education by the U.S. News and Bloomberg.

Students in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy get credit and recognition for following their passions and entrepreneuring something of their own creation.

Entrepreneurship students get access to many resources to help them develop their ideas through the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a nationally recognized division of the David Eccles School of Business.

Students learn by applying what they are studying in their majors to an individual project that enables them to demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset.

Courses

Entrepreneurship Classes & Electives
Entrepreneurship 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.
Strategy Classes & Electives
Strategy Classes & Electives
We offer many strategy courses to complement many majors, minors, and career and educational goals.

Undergraduate Programs

Lassonde+X
Lassonde+X
An introductory program for undergraduate students from all majors (the X) to learn the entrepreneurial mindset, explore, and practice entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship Certificate
Entrepreneurship Certificate
The entrepreneurship certificate is a cost- and time-effective way for students to get the skills they need to start their own companies or work for a startup.
Entrepreneurship Minor
Entrepreneurship Minor
Learn the foundational entrepreneurship and innovation skills necessary to create valuable solutions to pressing problems within any organizational setting.
Entrepreneurship Major
Entrepreneurship Major
Develop a diverse range of foundational skills necessary to become an effective entrepreneur.
Global Entrepreneur Program
Global Entrepreneur Program
Experience entrepreneurship abroad and earn academic credit by participating in our Global Entrepreneurship Program.
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Rising Star Internship
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Rising Star Internship
Gain real-world experience, explore a specific management topic that interests you, and early three credit hours for an internship in entrepreneurship.

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Creation
Master of Business Creation
A nine-month, professional-degree program for serious entrepreneurs committed to launching their startup company aided by curriculum, mentoring, funding, and scholarships.
Ph.D.
Ph.D.
The David Eccles School of Business offers a Ph.D. program with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and strategy. Candidates work closely with faculty scholars.

Entrepreneurship Classes & Programs

Lassonde Studios

Meet Our Team

Our faculty are some of the most respected and innovative thought leaders, shaping the future and transforming business practices worldwide. Learn more about them, our Ph.D. students, and our staff. We invite you to contact us to learn more and collaborate.

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Research & Conferences

Recent Publications

  • (forthcoming) “When and How to Shift Gears: Dynamic Trade-Offs among Adjustment, Opportunity and Transaction Costs in Response to an Innovation Shock,” Strategic Management Journal (Lyda Bigelow with Jackson Nickerson and Woo-Yong Park)
  • (forthcoming) “Crafting Intellectual Property Rights: Implications for Patent Assertion Entities, Litigation, and Innovation,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Josh Feng with Xavier Jaravel)
  • (forthcoming) “Evaluating the effects of Small Business Administration lending on growth,” Small Business Economics (Matthew Higgins with D. Lacombe, B. Sell, and A. Young)
  • (forthcoming) “An Economic Model of Strategic Entrepreneurship,” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (Robert Wuebker with Randy Westgren)
  • (2019) “Bad bets: Nonlinear Incentives, Risk, and Performance,” Strategic Management Journal (Orie Shelef with Rui J. P. de Figueiredo Jr. and Evan Rawley)
  • (2019) “How Long Does It Take to Get to the Learning Curve?” Academy of Management Journal (William Schulze with Serghei Musaji and Julio O. De Castro)

More Publications

Annual Winter Strategy Conference

We hold 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.

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Centers & Institutes

Lassonde Studios

Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. It offers workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages the Lassonde Studios, a state-of-the-art, living-learning space with 400 beds and the Neeleman Hangar, 20,000 square foot makerspace open to all students.

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Goff Strategic Leadership Center
Goff Strategic Leadership Center
Supports education and conducts research in strategic leadership. Goff engages with the business community to provide insights useful in practice.
Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation
Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation
The Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation promotes research and training in innovation, a vital skill that allows businesses to grow and stay competitive.
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business is a resource for principle-based ethics education, serving students, educators, and the business community.

News & Updates

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Contact Us

Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy
David Eccles School of Business
Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff Building
1731 E. Campus Center Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112
UENTP@Eccles.Utah.edu | 801-581-7676 (main line for Eccles School)

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Entrepreneur is a Verb. Start Doing.

Entrepreneur is a verb at the David Eccles School of Business and Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah. Students learn and grow by doing. Students receive in-depth education, mentorship and abundant resources with the expectation to get involved, launch something, join a team, and make a difference. Entrepreneur your education. Entrepreneur your future. Entrepreneur your dreams. Entrepreneur at the Eccles School.

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