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  • Finding Her Place in Entrepreneurship Wednesday May 18 2022

    When students enter The Slab, the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology’s newly remodeled office space in the Tanner Building, they will often be greeted by office manager Rose Blamires. She may be behind the soda counter making someone a drink, on her laptop completing various office tasks, or sitting in a brightly colored chair, chatting with a student about their aspirations. Whatever the activity, Blamires is an integral part of the BYU Marriott School of Business’s entrepreneurship center and strives to use her strengths to make the Rollins Center a place of collaboration and inclusivity.


  • Finding Business Success, Personal Happiness Friday Apr 22 2022

    As a young man with a limp and a stutter, James "Jim" Ritchie didn't believe he would be able to compete in life. However, a talk he gave as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed his life. A lifetime of business success later, Ritchie is now a Rollins Center Entrepreneur Founder with the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business.


  • Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease and taking eyecare to third-world countries: BYU student innovators deliver again Seven finalists recently competed for Student Innovator of the Year Monday Mar 14 2022

    Every year innovative students at BYU give their best shot at developing new technologies that can make the world a better place. With $50,000 in prize money on the line, the 2022 Student Innovator of the Year Competition once again delivered potentially life-changing results.


  • Seed Grants Plant Opportunity for Student Entrepreneurs Friday Mar 11 2022

    Student entrepreneurs at BYU looking for guidance and financial backing now have the opportunity to receive both through the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology's new Seed Grants program.


  • Bouncing Back from Failure Monday Feb 07 2022

    When the Great Recession in 2008 caused his startup real estate company to fold, Case Lawrence thought he knew what failure was. Years later, however, the COVID-19 pandemic put his trampoline park company on the verge of another business failure. As a mentor with the Rollins Center at BYU Marriott, Lawrence uses his experiences with failure to help young entrepreneurs be better equipped for the road ahead.


  • Students Find Connection, Motivation Through Founders Conference Wednesday Jan 26 2022

    Students who participate in the Rollins Center at BYU Marriott know they can find financial support, mentorship, and motivation for their entrepreneurial ventures through the center. Those themes were magnified during the center's annual Founders Conference, which allowed students to connect with and showcase their business skills to members of the Rollins Center's Entrepreneur Founders organization.


  • $6,800 in Prize Money Awarded at Big Idea Jam Monday Jan 17 2022

    With products ranging from airless tires, healthy baby food, and perfectly fitting watch bands, innovative ideas were shared by BYU student entrepreneurs at the Big Idea Jam final. The event is hosted annually by the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business as part of the Miller Competition Series. Entrants had the opportunity to share their ideas, whether those ideas started in a lab or on the back of a napkin.


  • Bringing AI to Hair Salons Wednesday Dec 15 2021

    Barbers are often busy with their hands in clients' hair—cutting, trimming, dyeing, and styling. Understandably, answering a ringing phone isn't usually their first priority. Luckily, BYU math junior Austin Petersen recently thought of a solution: an AI-powered, phone-answering company called Lovage Labs.


  • Subscribing to Success Monday Dec 06 2021

    When Rebecca Tanner was a human development student at BYU, she wrote a research paper about the benefits of reading to a child starting at a young age. This research helped fuel her passion behind Bookroo, a children’s book subscription box company she cofounded with her husband, two sisters-in-law, and their husbands. 


  • Swimming with Sharks Wednesday Sep 29 2021

    The first time Matthew Alexander seriously pitched one of his products, he swam with the sharks. The time he spent preparing to pitch his invention, Illumibowl, on the ABC show Shark Tank, among other learning experiences, taught him important lessons about entrepreneurship. Now, as a mentor for the Rollins Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Alexander strives to share his wisdom with aspiring student entrepreneurs.


  • Blending Colors and Genuine Relationships Monday Aug 23 2021

    In the process of tie-dying a shirt, all the colors start out separately but eventually blend together, forming interesting patterns and connections. In a similar way, Mikayla Cheng hopes to encourage genuine relationships among students at BYU through her social media app, Tiedye. Although building the app has been challenging, Cheng has received help from several resources, including the Rollins Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business.


  • Using Experience to Help Young Entrepreneurs Friday Aug 20 2021

    Not long after Kim Scoville began teaching at the BYU Marriott School of Business, she noticed a need for legal knowledge in the school’s entrepreneurship program. As a graduate of BYU’s J. Rueben Clark Law School, Scoville has spent her career providing legal advice to startup companies. Her work experience prompted her to create an entrepreneurship class that focused on legal issues for BYU Marriott’s entrepreneurship students, many of whom own or plan to own businesses.


  • From Farmlands to RevRoads Friday Jul 09 2021

    While growing up on a farm in Leeton, Missouri, Amy Caldwell woke up each morning and bounded off to play with the horses, milk the cows, and retrieve eggs from the chickens. Her upbringing taught her the value of hard work. Now as a mentor for the Rollins Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Caldwell focuses on establishing connections with student entrepreneurs and teaching them the value hard work.


  • An Innovative Learning Process Tuesday Jul 06 2021

    After drinking a soda on his way home from campus, BYU Marriott School of Business alum Ryan Smith was surprised to find his student apartment did not have any way to recycle his empty can. After reading a BYU survey that showed the majority of students also wanted to recycle, the 2016 strategy alum started thinking of the idea for Recyclops, a gig economy recycling company. Running his own business while taking classes allowed Smith to learn much more from the strategy program. Although Recyclops almost failed, applying the principles he learned in the classroom to his work helped Smith produce a multimillion-dollar company.


  • 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.