The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah is a nationally-ranked hub for a thriving community of innovators and entrepreneurs. The $45-million Lassonde Studios opened its doors in August 2016 for students to live, create new products and launch new enterprises.
“We wanted to achieve something that has never been done before. We wanted to create a community of entrepreneurs unlike anything, anywhere else. The Lassonde Studios will help make this possible by providing all the space and tools students need to do amazing things.” ~ Pierre Lassonde
Pierre Lassonde has remained an active member of the Board of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah since its inauguration in 2001.
“The campus has embraced that students can do incredibly innovative things, so we’ve given students the ability to work with faculty inventors and commercialized technologies, giving students the freedom to operate and start their own companies, innovate and create unique ways.
~ Troy D’Ambrosio
Executive Director, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute
The Institute 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 University of Utah students from any academic major or background.
The Princeton Review has ranked the Lassonde Undergraduate and Graduate Entrepreneur Programs 9th and 19th, respectively, in the United States. Architectural Digest has called the Lassonde Studios one of “the nine best new university buildings around the world.” Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the Lassonde Studios is being built as “a residence hall that blurs life and work the same way technology giants Facebook and Google do at their headquarters.”