Huntsman Alumni Magazine Fall 2012

Fall 2012

The Center for Entrepeneurial Excellence is Well Underway

It was just launched in January, but a lot has happened in just a few short months.

  • Three businesses that were started by students within the Center are growing and thriving—PoliticIt, Denik, and EnvolvSocial.
  • A new undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship has been added, with six courses. Students are encouraged to work on their own business ideas while completing the minor.
  • A new graduate MBA specialty in enterprise development has been added, with four courses.
  • The Entrepreneurship Club has a new leadership team—four students who already have some entrepreneurial wins and valuable military service under their belts.
  • The Entrepreneurial Leadership series of weekly presentations will start again in January, hosting ten top innovators from around the world of entrepreneurship.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence is spreading the entrepreneurial spirit, not just on the Logan campus but also across the many regional campuses of Utah State. A key resource for making these connections is the Entrepreneurship Club; it helps students develop their ideas into sustainable ventures, and it also helps students prepare their ventures to compete in state-wide contests.

Four students, all entrepreneurs at heart, have taken leadership roles in the Entrepreneurship Club for the coming 2012-2013 school year. The students represent multiple colleges across campus, including business, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

Kyle Ivins is the club president. A senior in business administration, Kyle has started and sold multiple companies, including Kilo Relay Series and EnvolvSocial. He took 3rd place in last year’s Opportunity Quest business plan competition.

Kyle is supported by three vice presidents, Brian Kartchner, David Reynolds, and Reed Page. Brian Kartchner is a senior in sociology, launcher of his own window cleaning company, and an Army veteran who served in Iraq. David Reynolds is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and a veteran of the Marine Corps, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Reed Page is an economics and finance major who has helped start several companies, including Page-Stroud Finance, which took 2nd place in last year’s Opportunity Quest.