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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

Create an Innovation & Design Thinking Lab on Campus

-Work with Technology Management Capstone Class and Leadership Circle to create presentation on ‘Why UVU needs a makerspace on Campus. (03/2015) 

-Apply for 10 offices located in the breezeway between the Losee Center and the Computer Science Building for the makerspace. Work with Deans of Technology & Computing, and Woodbury Business to determine if there are other locations that would be a better fit for our vision. (04/2015) 

-Meet with administration and pitch the importance of having a makerspace on campus. (03/2015) 

-Assess needs and budget based on the location and current state of the makerspace. (04/2015) 

-Secure funds for the makerspace and all supplies. (04/2015)  

Utilize Innovation & Design Thinking Lab

-Meet with faculty from Tech & Computing, Woodbury School of Business, Entrepreneurship Institute, and Business Resource Center to refine and improve Innovation and Design Thinking  Curriculum.  

-Create a 2-week Innovation & Design Thinking course model.  

-After curriculum has been approved, meet again with campus leaders to determine which courses will utilize the Innovation & Design Thinking Lab.  What course, what time, how many weeks of the  semester, etc. 

-Establish "Open Lab" hours and "Class Time" schedule to make Lab available for all students.  

-Hold monthly Design Thinking Workshops that are open to students and the community. 

-Set up referral system with Business Resource Center. The Design Thinking lab will refer students who are ready to validate their ideas to the  BRC. And the BRC will refer clients who still need to  refine their ideas to the Innovation & Design Thinking Lab. 

General Ed & Capstone Integration

-Refine Tech 1010 (popular general ed course) curriculum to include students spending two weeks in the Innovation & Design Thinking Lab to learn about the Design Thinking Process. The reason Tech 1010 would be a great opportunity is because a large amount of students from a  wide variety of disciplines take the class. This would create diversity and promote innovative and unique  ideas. 

-There is a large gap between the amount of Capstone students and the amount of projects available. The first two weeks of the Senior Capstone class could be spent in the Innovation & Design Thinking Lab brainstorming ideas for potential Senior Capstone Projects. 

-Speak at the Utah Business and Marketing Education Summer Conference to explain the impact of Design Thinking Curriculum on the Undergraduate Experience.  

-Create a design thinking course for students major and as a general course, so that there will be more innovation in the mind of all students.  

Partner with the UVU Foundation to build the Wolverine Fund

-Meet with Fund student coordinator Matthew Bryson and collaborate with him regarding 20,000 Passions event.
This demonstrates how our goals align, and will give us equal chance to reach students. 

-Act as a funnel between excellent student ideas, and the available resources of the fund. 
This will address our issue of connecting students with available support systems. 

-Integrate UIF students with the Wolverine Fund structure format.
Collaboration is key when spreading awareness of new opportunities.

-Create a Wolverine Fund Website. 
As of right now there is zero marketing regarding this opportunity.

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University Innovation Fellows

Fall 2017:

Brooke Schroeder

TE Smith

Erin Call

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