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Utah Valley University is a teaching institution with a unique focus on "engaged learning," or the combination of traditional academic and hands-on education. This mode of teaching goes back to UVU's roots as a vocational school at its inception during World War II and persists today across the institution's full array of university-level programs. Utah Valley University is a school with a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship. UVU students are passionate about solving the world’s complex problems.

Utah Valley University’s Business Resource Center offers a wide variety of resources for entrepreneurs including: Business Counselors, Accelerator Programs, New Product Development Training, Prototyping, Tech Commercialization, Government Grants, Tech Transfer, The Vivint SMARTLab, and more.  This great abundance of resources drives many student entrepreneurs to utilize the Business Resource Center each year. But how does UVU reach the rest of the students on campus? How can UVU teach students to generate new ideas? How can UVU drive more traffic to the Business Resource Center? 

It is imperative that we engage students in a hands-on learning experience that allows them to identify and solve the problems the world is facing. We must provide students with a cross-disciplinary collaborative environment where they can generate and test new ideas. Our goal is to teach all students about Design Thinking: A human-centered approach to creative problem solving. This knowledge will make students a versatile tool as they enter the workforce. Regardless of major, job, or industry, this knowledge will teach students to solve the unknown problems of tomorrow.  

Strategic Priorities

Change an Underutilized Computer Lab Into a Innovation Lounge

-In order to even build an I&E ecosystem, we need to build a community of respect for the profession that starts with the building we are in. We need a place for groups and students to meet and learn Design Thinking

-Interview/collect data about current use of the room.

-Create a full prototye of vision for the room.

-Present data and plan to the dean and admin of the School of Education.

-Present data and plan to Presidential Cabinet.

Create a Workshop Series about Innovation in Education 

-Gage interest from faculty, staff and students.

-Create the curriculum. 

-Find presenters & Build curriculum.

Create a Teachers For Innovation Club

-Form an official club through UVU Clubs.

-Recruit at club rush, jump start orientation, in our new lounge and in classes. 

-Hold elections for club officers.

-Plan various activities.

Build a Student Run Pop-Up Shop in the Innovation Lounge 

-Get approval from School of Education Administration as well as Presidential Cabinet

-Find a student to run the pop-up shop.

-Select Inventory based on student interests and needs.

-Create a schedule for the shop.

-Use the money to bridge the Innovation gap in educators. 

-Use foot traffic in the shop to promote workshop series and club.

Create a Center for Excellence & Innovation on Campus

-Work with Presidential Cabinet to facilitate the design and development of the UVU Center for Excellence & Innovation

-Work with adminsitration to create sustainable model and policies for the new Center. 

-Secure physical land in Vineyard, Utah. (Completed 09/2019)

-Secure temporary space on campus. (Completed 09/2019



Utilize Business Resource Center 

-Move University Innovation Fellow program into the Business Resource Center at UVU. 

-Create sustainable model of growth and development to move into a phyisical dedicated building.

-Create comfortable space for students to innovate and design. 

Organize Silicon Slopes Business Group

-Gather President and local CEO's to dicuss potential for innovation and excellance in Utah County.

-Regularly meet with this group, as a steering commitee for innovation. 

UVU Excellence & Innovation Initiative Launch

-Work with President and Cabinet to coordinate announcement of the initiative/center dedicated to innovation in November.

-Work with President and Cabinet to coodinate official launch of inititative/center for innovation and excellence in April of 2020. 

-Work with President to invite community organizations, business, and others to the launch.

-Coordinate panel with President and other innovative minds.  

Work on Major Innovation Projects

-Design and implement project-matching app on campus.

-Begin work on student-led solar company

Create a Website that will compound all the resources available for I&E

-Increase awareness about the resources available for Innovation and Entrepreneurship through a Website (Wendy - September 2018)

-Introduce the website to Faculty and Students (Wendy - September 2018)

-Promote the use of the website through the discover passport activity (Wendy - September 2018)

-Promote the use of resources through class assignments  (Wendy - September 2018)

-Provide a 5 to 10 minutes training about how to use the website to learn about the resources (Wendy -September 2018)

-Include videos, about the use of the resources, on the website to make it more interactive and attractive (Wendy -September 2018- January 2019)

- Create ready to use lesson plans for professors to implement in their courses, that includes engaging with a resource (Khaliun - July 2018)

- Create engaging 'Escape Room'-style resource discovery/adventure guides for I&E resources. (Khaliun- July 2018)

- Create a Discover Passport for students to mark discovered resources (Khaliun - July 2018)


Related Links

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University Student Priorities

University Innovation Fellows

Fall 2019

Andrew Jensen

University Innovation Fellows

Spring 2018:

Luke_Atticus_Kennard

Wendy_Fernandez

Nick_Varney

Khaliun_Amarjargal

Fall 2017:

Brooke Schroeder

TE Smith

Erin Call

Nicholas Tyler

Spring 2016:

Jason Carrick

Brayden Cutler

Derek Latimer

Dallin Ott

Mark Romero

Spring 2015:

Tanner Wheadon

UIF Project Business Model Canvas - 2015

UIF Project Business Model Canvas - 2016