Rollins Entrepreneurship & Innovation Scholar

Students of any major can dive into entrepreneurship at BYU. Becoming a scholar helps students think creatively, develop skills for a lifetime, and expand their innovative abilities.

The scholar program may be likened to scaling tall peaks. Mount Everest reaches Earth’s highest point at 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level. When something seems insurmountable and impossible, there are always the brave that venture to fix it, solve it, or beat it. Many have attempted to summit Mount Everest—some have failed and some have succeeded. Growing and developing an idea or business can sometimes feel like climbing Mount Everest; the Rollins Center helps students build their tool kits to reach the summit.

There are four levels in a student’s climb:

LEARN (Required Classes)

  • ENT 381 or 382 (formerly BUS M 371R): Entrepreneurship Lecture Series
  • ENT 101 (BUS M 170): Intro to Entrepreneurship OR ENT 301 (BUS M 372): Basic Entrepreneurship Skills OR ENT 401 (BUS M 470): Entrepreneurship Innovation (for Entrepreneurship majors) OR TECH 312 Innovation Bootcamp OR ENT 313 Startup Bootcamp

DO (Other Requirements)

  • Attend one of the following competitions:
    • Big Idea Pitch
    • Business Codel Competition
    • New Venture
    • International Business Model Competition
    • Mobile App Competition
    • Student Entrepreneur of the Year
    • Student Innovator of the Year
  • Student mentoring session(s)

INCENTIVES

  • Website recognition
  • Base camp swag
  • Signed certificate

LEARN (Required Classes)

  • Pick TWO classes:
    • The Rollins Center has established a number of courses, but any class not listed that teaches innovation and creativity will also be considered. Please submit requests with the class description to rollinsscholar@byu.net for final approval.
    Including the following:
    • ENT 313: Startup Bootcamp
    • ENT 412 (BUS M 277): Legal Issues in Entrepreneurship
    • ENT 490R: Various Topics In Entrepreneurship
    • ENT 436: Experiential Entrepreneurship
    • CS 405: Creating and Managing a Software Business
    • MFG 479: Innovation Entrepreneurship
    • INDES 131: Structure Creativity
    • IP&T 515R: Theory of Creativity
    • PDBIO 444: Biology Innovation in Entrepreneurship
    • TES 330: Creativity, Engineering, & Problem Solving

DO (Other Requirements)

  • MSB 496R (BUS M 496R): Academic Internship OR Off-Campus Internship (with early stage growth company and with prior approval)
  • Submit to compete into one of the following competitions:
    • Big Idea Pitch
    • Business Codel Competition
    • New Venture
    • International Business Model Competition
    • Mobile App Competition
    • Student Entrepreneur of the Year
    • Student Innovator of the Year
  • Mentoring session(s) with a Founder

INCENTIVES

  • Website recognition
  • Camp 4 swag
  • Priority I-Corps application approval
  • Signed certificate
  • Network event recognition (Startup Hub)

DO (Other Requirements)

  • Work at or launch a startup company

INCENTIVES

  • Website recognition
  • Summit swag
  • Priority I-Corps application
  • Enhanced mentoring and networking assistance (legal, design work, coding, partnerships, funding)
  • Founders banquet recognition
  • Signed certificate

BECOME

  • Mentor fellow students on their way to summit
  • More details to come

INCENTIVES

  • Recognition on website
  • Recognition at Founders banquet
  • Admittance to higher classes (upon approval)
  • Signed certificate

Questions? Email rollinsscholar@byu.net