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  • Organizing the Entrepreneurial Garage Wednesday Jun 02 2021

    When he worked at an Italian restaurant while still in high school, Bryan Welton loved discovering ways to improve the flow of the company in every aspect, from the salad bar to the pizza-cooking process. Years later as a successful business owner and mentor for the Rollins Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Welton continues to enjoy the process of improving—primarily through helping students improve their companies.


  • New Venture Challenge Awards $15,000 to Eight Student Entrepreneur Teams Thursday May 20 2021

    Helping students start businesses is a goal that the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology focuses on during the entire year, primarily through the Miller Competition Series. By the time the series’ final competition, the Miller New Venture Challenge (NVC), happened near the end of the winter semester, students were prepared to share the traction they had achieved and take their businesses to the next level.


  • The Servant Salesman Approach Friday May 07 2021

    In 2001, sitting in a tiny three-hundred-square-foot office south of BYU campus, Jason Christensen worked unceasingly to build his company, NorthStar Alarm. Eighteen years later, right before he retired as CEO, Christensen's small company had grown to hundreds of employees and tens of thousands of customers in thirty different states. Now as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Christensen strives to instill the same ambition within his students that propelled his own success.


  • Rollins Center Announces SEOY Winners, Introduces Three New Awards Friday Apr 16 2021

    BYU junior Isaac Dushku was recently announced as the 2021 Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.


  • Students Take Home Big Prizes During Business Model Competition Wednesday Apr 14 2021

    While growing up in Hazen, Arkansas, entrepreneurial management senior Alex Thompson watched his dad struggle with the water chemistry of their above-ground pool. This experience gave Thompson the idea for Armano, a device that monitors chemical levels in pools. Thompson’s product idea was one of hundreds submitted to the Business Model Competition (BMC), hosted by the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business. Thompson and his team received first place in the competition and took home the $4,000 cash prize. 


  • The Magnetic Pull of Entrepreneurship Monday Apr 05 2021

    As a nine-year-old boy, Bryan Stringham started a yard work and lawn mowing business with one of his friends, charging $2.50 an hour. During seventh grade, he sold 1,700 gumballs to his peers at school, wanting a little extra pocket change. Years later, thanks to his experiences at the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Stringham’s passion for business has only grown, expanding far beyond lawns and gumballs.


  • BYU Marriott Graduate Programs Earn Top-50 Ranks Tuesday Mar 30 2021

    BYU Marriott fared well in the recently released U.S. News & World Report 2022 rankings for graduate programs. Both the MBA and MPA programs were ranked, as were four graduate program emphases.


  • A Purpose-Filled Podcast Friday Mar 26 2021

    With a nationally ranked entrepreneurship program, the BYU Marriott School of Business is full of student entrepreneurs and innovators. However, many students outside of the entrepreneurship program remain unaware of one of BYU’s most valuable resources for aspiring entrepreneurs: the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. In September 2020, New York City native Eddy Columna had an idea to start a podcast that could inform students about the resources of the Rollins Center. 


  • Building Future Innovators Wednesday Feb 24 2021

    Whether students major in finance, English, or geology, they eventually need to find answers to problems they face throughout their careers. The entrepreneurship lecture series at the BYU Marriott School of Business helps students learn essential skills to innovate solutions that address the challenges that they will face at work, in their communities, and within their homes.


  • Unlocking Her Superpowers Monday Feb 22 2021

    As a mom of six, the CEO of her own company, an entrepreneur, and a business coach, BYU Marriott School of Business 2018 MBA alumna Stacy Paulsen knows all too well that women are capable of wearing many hats. One of her driving passions is empowering other women and moms to pursue their business-related dreams.


  • Chris Crittenden Announced as New Director of Rollins Center Thursday Feb 11 2021

    The BYU Marriott School of Business recently announced Chris Crittenden as the new director of the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. The Rollins Center is an on-campus resource dedicated to helping BYU students start or grow their own businesses.


  • The Quest to Become a “Learntrepreneur” Tuesday Dec 15 2020

    A self-proclaimed "learntrepreneur," Taylor Halverson values two things in his career more than anything else: learning and entrepreneurship. As a professor of entrepreneurship at the BYU Marriott School of Business and the mentoring coordinator for BYU Marriott's Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Halverson encourages students to also become learntrepreneurs.


  • Students Share Solutions in Big Idea Pitch Competition Tuesday Nov 10 2020

    Brilliant inventions often emerge from a flash of inspiration—or even a bolt of lightning, as in the well-known story of Benjamin Franklin. While the ideas submitted to the 2020 Big Idea Pitch competition didn't come from a student flying a kite in a lightning storm, BYU student entrepreneurs expressed similar dedication to turning their ideas into real innovations.


  • Plunging Headfirst into the Fashion World Thursday Oct 22 2020

    At fifteen years old, BYU Marriott strategy junior Marissa Barlow once failed to find the perfect swimsuit to take on a family vacation, an experience that would help define her young career.


  • 3, 2, 1...Liftoff Monday Oct 05 2020

    Small weather satellites. A social platform for workplaces. A stock purchasing service for employees. Although the businesses of student entrepreneurs at the BYU Marriott School of Business are each unique and diverse, they can all turn to one place for help: BYU Marriott's Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. This year's Founders Launchpad, a summer-long experience offered by the Rollins Center, helped student companies continue to develop their businesses and sharpen their tools for success.


  • Stepping into the Unknown Monday Sep 28 2020

    Moving to an unfamiliar place for a new job can be a stressful, intimidating, and lonely experience. Feeling inspired to help others cope with these feelings, Carly MacLennan, a BYU Marriott School of Business 2020 MBA graduate from Lethbridge, Alberta, started her own business, SocialHire, which helps newly relocated employees have an easier social transition.


  • Creating a World of Innovative Thinkers Tuesday Aug 18 2020

    Socks that monitor a baby’s heart rate, home security cameras that alert homeowners via text messages, and doors that use an app to open for those who need assistance have more in common than one might think. They’re all projects that BYU students have tackled in the Crocker Innovation Fellowship program. The program, a joint effort between the BYU Marriott School of Business and other colleges across BYU campus, combines the strengths of students in business, engineering, computer science, and other programs to identify problems and to innovate solutions.


  • Business Solution for Diabetics Victorious at New Venture Challenge Thursday Jun 11 2020

    The BYU student-founded company PhyR walked away with the first-place price and $15,000 at the 2020 New Venture Challenge hosted by the Rollins Center.


  • BYU Marriott Names New Associate Dean Bonnie Anderson Assumes Role 18 May Thursday May 14 2020

    BYU Marriott School of Business dean Brigitte C. Madrian has announced the appointment of Bonnie Anderson as the school’s newest associate dean. Anderson takes over for previous associate dean Keith Vorkink on 18 May.


  • Rollins Center Announces 2020 SEOY Winners Thursday May 07 2020

    The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business recently recognized Daniel Quarnberg of Pyxis Manufacturing as its 2020 Student Entrepreneur of the Year.