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University breaks ground on new Impact and Prosperity Epicenter

The groundbreaking celebration of the new Impact and Prosperity Epicenter was an event befitting this exciting new campus landmark. Campus leaders including David Eccles School of Business Dean, Rachel Hayes, and University of Utah President, Taylor Randall, were joined by Epicenter anchor donors Bob and Lynette Gay and Jim and Krista Sorenson, to don hard hats, pick up shovels, and officially launch the university’s [...]

2022-10-03T14:25:47-06:00September 16th, 2022|

David Eccles School of Business announces new Impact and Prosperity Epicenter

(April 21, 2022) —The David Eccles School of Business is proud to announce a new building that will break ground this summer. The new Impact and Prosperity Epicenter is envisioned as a multidisciplinary hub for innovation, impact, and prosperity, which will provide student housing and office space for the Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity and Sorenson Impact Center. The $114 million project is [...]

2022-10-03T14:29:12-06:00April 25th, 2022|

Five inspirational quotes from the Sorenson Impact Summit

The seventh annual Sorenson Impact Summit with SOCAP Global took place May 25 through May 27. The summit featured three days of inspirational conversations around innovations in impact investing, building equitable entrepreneur ecosystems, the future of higher education, and using data to drive impact. This year, the summit gathered virtually, with the objective of delivering a more inclusive and accessible summit. For three days, [...]

2021-06-07T17:24:35-06:00June 7th, 2021|

Sorenson Impact University Venture Fund Closes Blackrock Neurotech $10M Financing Round

University Venture Fund II has joined lead investor Christian Angermayer’s re.Mind Capital, an SPV sponsored by Peter Thiel, German entrepreneur Tim Sievers, and with investment advice from local investor LDD (Lead Dog Development) in closing a $10 million financing round for Blackrock Neurotech, the world’s leading platform for brain-computer interface (BCI) technology and manufacturing. “The impact Blackrock is making through BCI technology is transformative,” [...]

2021-05-26T09:49:54-06:00May 26th, 2021|

COVID-19 deaths among Black essential workers linked to racial disparities

Study co-authors Tiana Rogers, Ph.D., and Charles Rogers, Ph.D. A new study co-authored by Tiana Rogers, a Program Manager for Sorenson Impact Center’s Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team, found that Black people disproportionally work in nine essential occupations that increase their exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. “I find it ironic that the people we depend on as essential workers [...]

2020-09-16T15:30:18-06:00September 16th, 2020|

Sorenson Impact Center names impact investor Geoff Davis CEO

Geoff Davis will take on the new role of CEO for the Sorenson Impact Center at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He begins his new position on July 13, 2020. Davis is a seasoned entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur turned impact investor, and his most recent position was CEO & Managing Partner of Cicero Impact Capital. He will bring [...]

2020-06-30T13:10:01-06:00June 30th, 2020|

Sorenson Impact Center addresses declining higher ed enrollments

In his 2018 book Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education, Nathan Grawe projected that a 10% decline in new students enrolling in higher education facilities would occur from 2018 to 2029. However, with the growing pandemic, it is possible this decline will happen within the coming year, nine years before Grawe’s hypothesis. This general decline in enrollment is not only detrimental to the [...]

2020-06-26T08:44:32-06:00June 24th, 2020|

Project apART: Promoting continuous creativity amidst COVID-19

During times of significant change, artistic movements have been a pivotal source of imagination, innovation, and community. Every pandemic throughout history has redefined the boundaries of artistic expression, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” to employ storytelling during the 14th Century Black Plague, and Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” to embrace togetherness after surviving the 20th Century flu, and COVID-19 likely will do the same. [...]

2020-05-01T13:49:29-06:00May 1st, 2020|

Ivory Prize for Housing Innovation announces 2020 winners

Ivory Innovations is proud to announce the winners of this year's Ivory Prize in Housing Innovation. The winners, in three categories, are entities making measurable and scalable strides in housing affordability. The winners are: Finance Rhino; New York, New York Rhino partners with building owners and managers to offer low-cost insurance as an alternative to cash security deposits. Acting as an insurer for property [...]

2020-04-20T14:40:15-06:00April 20th, 2020|