Entrepreneurship Founders

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson

Membership Information:

Member Status: Platinum
Member Since: 1994


Job Title: Entrepreneur/Currently in Non-profit Space
Company: Academy for Creating Enterprise
Location: Utah, United States


  • Not For Profit/NGO, Operations Manager, Owner, President, Former Angel Investor


Steve Gibson has created or funded more than a dozen entrepreneurial businesses, including being the first investor in 1-800-Contacts, Omniture and Ancestry.com. He also cofounded the Utah Angels, the first Angel investment group in Utah. In 1999, he and Bette moved on their own for 19 months and created a non-profit educational system, The Academy for Creating Enterprise, for returned missionaries living in the Philippines. It now has more than 450 alumni chapters in the Philippines, Mexico, Peru and expanded to Brazil in 2019. The Academy has now taught 17,000 returned missionaries and poor Church members in third world countries how to start and grow small, and not so small, Income Generating Activities. It has been named a strategic partner with the LDS Church Self-Reliance program. The Academy donated a license to the Church to use it's seven volumes of curriculum. More than 40 Rollins Center Founders have donated to the Academy as both the center's philosophy of mentoring and the Academy's method of teaching are very similar. Gibson also taught as a senior entrepreneur in residence and later as full time faculty for the Marriott school for a total of 15 years having retired in 2011. Although the Gibsons live in Provo, Steve is very active in land development in Boise, Idaho having developed more than 600 lots there in the last 10 years.