At the Lundquist College of Business, we are producing well-educated, career-ready graduates. We are arming students with the tools, skills, and network to soar into rewarding, impactful careers.
Connecting students to their calling is challenging work, and we strive to offer a variety of methods for students to set a course for success. Please allow me to share with you some of the ways we achieve this through community partnerships, leadership, international competition, collaborative research opportunities, and exclusive events.
The University of Oregon and its Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship recently announced a new partnership with Starve Ups, an Oregon startup accelerator with a unique approach and a track record of success helping founders grow innovative companies.
Meanwhile Startup Weekend engaged the Eugene startup community for 54 hours of experiential education for budding entrepreneurs, including pitching, brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation. It culminated in Sunday-night demos and presentations.
The Lundquist College of Business also served as a lead sponsor of the Start-Up Nation: Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Symposium. The event was organized, hosted, and presented by TAMID Group at Oregon, a nonprofit professional student organization at the college that provides experiential learning to students across campus through business in Israel. I acted as a discussion leader for this event, and it was inspiring to see undergraduates take advantage this opportunity for TAMID’s “professional, entrepreneurial, and hands-on learning through an international lens.”
In that vein, three Oregon MBA students recently exercised their skills in global awareness and perspectives when they took their pitch for an electric freight trailer startup all the way to the prestigious SCG Bangkok Business Challenge in Thailand.
In another example of MBA candidate achievement, a team of students from the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center earned first place for the second consecutive year at the elite National Sports Forum Case Cup competition.
Our executive MBA candidates are also making a bold mark in the sports product industry. Nike Women recently used research and insights gleaned by Megan Rouse during her Oregon Executive MBA capstone project—before she had even graduated from the program.
Finally, our new Careers in Food and Beverage event brought together more than 50 industry professionals with hundreds of Lundquist College students in the Lillis Business Complex. Students had the opportunity to circulate among the businesses tabling—nearly half of which were either started by Lundquist College graduates or count Lundquist College graduates in high-level positions within the company.
We are also laying the foundation for some big changes to our Lundquist College Career Services office, including expanding access to aid even more students on their college-to-career journey. More on that soon.
Exceptional student experiences like the ones described above would not be possible without your support. These students are doing important work, and your contributions make a difference in our society. Thank you for investing in Lundquist College students—your future business and community leaders.