Overview

The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) creates a supportive, nurturing environment for all Brigham Young University students interested in starting and growing tech and scalable ventures.

We inspire confidence, courage, and the will to take the entrepreneurial first step. We create an environment that unleashes creativity, cultivates vision and innovation, and teaches the governing principles that are the foundation of every successful enterprise. We provide mentors who guide students as they navigate these new waters. We establish courses, lecture series, competitions, conferences, workshops, and other activities that nourish and sustain the entrepreneurial spirit in students. The ultimate test of whether we’re doing a great job is measured by the number of long-term successful ventures that come from students within our sphere of influence. Intermediate measures include such metrics as the number of students who hold equity in a tech or scalable start-up by the time they graduate, and—more immediately—the number of students participating in the learning and practice opportunities we offer. 

Vision

Everyone an innovator

Mission

Prepare students of faith and character to be world­-class leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation, foster life­-impacting mentorship between students and successful role models, and facilitate related faculty research

Motto

Born to create

Outcomes and Success Metrics

We want students to: Success is measured by:
Learn about leadership, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship The number of learning experiences in which students participate (courses, lectures, conferences, mentoring)
Practice leadership, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship skills The number of students participating in practice experiences (competitions, events, internships, workshops)
Establish actual ventures, especially tech-oriented and scalable ventures The number of students who hold equity in a tech or scalable start-up by graduation

Values

  • Creating scalable ventures that make a difference in the world, reward their founders, and extend their influence
  • Technology fluency that leads to inherently scalable high-tech entrepreneurship
  • Creativity and innovation—the pioneering spirit that pervades the BYU culture
  • Ethical behavior and work/life balance consistent with the culture of BYU
  • Community of entrepreneurship that surrounds and supports the core of scalable ventures  

Distinctive Competencies

  • Innovative, bright, tech-minded, and ethical students who have great student role models in entrepreneurship and technology based on strong traditions
  • World-class founders who comprise a large community of committed, supportive, experienced, successful, and willing entrepreneurs with an affinity for BYU and who love to give back
  • Entrepreneurial and tech-savvy faculty who understand theory, research, and managerial practice
  • Surrounding tech environment in Utah County is a nationally recognized hotbed for entrepreneurship in general and tech startups in particular
  • Ethical entrepreneurial leadership from our founders and faculty who prize innovation, creativity, and strong ethical leadership
  • Global experience, most of our students/faculty/founders have lived abroad and are fluent in various foreign languages and cultures