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Jeff Sorensen

Director, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

Affiliations: Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship
Phone: 541-346-7586
Office: Lillis 345A



Jeff Sorensen is a founder, funder, and community builder. He has been leading the University of Oregon's Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship since fall 2023. The center aspires to provide an ideal place for highly committed people to build their next big project.

Over the past 12 years, along with great teams and colleagues, Sorensen has raised $25 million for college entrepreneurship programs, incubated more than 5,000 student founders, advised and funded hundreds of them, and built infrastructure to support student entrepreneurs for decades to come.

Sorensen believes that anyone can build amazing things, and he wants to help where he can. His mission is to create supportive communities for the ones who ask, "Why not me?" and take action on their ideas. Please don't hesitate to reach out.

Degree History:
  • BA, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Graduate Coursework, Ross School of Business, 2013–2014
Previous Positions:
  • Founding Director for Social Innovation, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan, 2015–2022
  • Cofounder, optiMize, 2012–present
  • Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017–2018
Professional Leadership:
  • Member, University of Michigan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable, 2017–2022
  • Member, Ann Arbor Learning Community School Board, 2016–2019
  • Member, United Way of Washtenaw County Campaign Cabinet, 2015
Honors and Awards:
  • Forbes 30 Under 30, 2017
  • Crain's 20 in Their 20s, 2017
  • University of Michigan Student of the Year, 2014

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  • "All Ages, All Majors: Student Motivation for Social Innovation: A Conversation with UNLV President Keith Whitfield," Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, 2022

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In the News

A new $10 million gift to the University of Oregon from the estate of Gerry and Marilyn Cameron will support faculty excellence and further innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives at the Lundquist College and Knight Campus.
The Lundquist College is celebrating gains in several rankings produced by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.
A significant gift is enhancing the entrepreneurship ecosystem at the Lundquist College of Business and the University of Oregon.
A new initiative on campus is reimagining how we encourage, support, and fund student-led innovation and entrepreneurship ventures and projects.
Entrepreneurship expert Jeff Sorensen shares tips for giving your big idea pop.
The UO has earned a spot as a top graduate school for entrepreneurship studies in the 2023 Princeton Review and Entrepreneur rankings.
The Lundquist College is pleased to welcome two outstanding professionals to lead two of our signature centers.