The University of Utah is making a bold effort to redefine entrepreneurial education with the creation of its Lassonde Studios and key media are taking notice.
Inc.’s recent story, “Move Over, Silicon Valley: Utah Has Arrived,” profiles Utah’s entrepreneur-friendly culture and the high Venture Capital per deal averages the state can boast. Lassonde Studios is featured as another indicator of the state’s focus on entrepreneurship:
“The University of Utah, for its part, just broke ground on the Lassonde Studios, which it describes like this: Opening in fall 2016, the facility will merge 400 unique residences with a 20,000 sf ‘garage’ for all students to attend events, build prototypes, enter competitions, launch their futures – or just hang out. The facility will be the hub for innovators, ‘makers’ and entrepreneurs.”
Blogtrepreneur also featured the building in its recent story, “24/7 Entrepreneur Education Takes U of Utah to Next Level.” The story establishes that universities are working to adjust their curricula to keep pace with innovation and best teach entrepreneurship.
The University of Utah believes it has found the solution. The school is investing in its unique approach by building a unique, $45-million dorm called the Lassonde Studios. It will be a place where students can live, build prototypes and work on their companies 24/7.
“We believe that entrepreneurs need a component of learning outside the classroom,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, Executive Director of the University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “If students can take what they have learned in class that day and apply it immediately to an idea they are passionate about, the compound effect is amazing.”
Previously, Lassonde Studios has been featured by BusinessWeek and a number of other media outlets. To learn more about the innovative solution to entrepreneurial education, visit the University of Utah’s site for the building.