University of Utah, MIT lead nation in new companies founded

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  • USU Sleeping Giant....
    Feb. 21, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    For over 50 years, Utah State (through its Space Dynanics Lab) has put more experiemetns and technology into outerspace than MIT, Harvard or any other insitution in the world. They just launched the WISE satellite; built and tested 100% at USU in Logan. It brought hundreds of millions of dollars to Utah....and it has done so at NO COST to Utah Tax Payers and hasn't taken anything away from other Utah schools. USU has changed THE WORLD more than once with its innovative space technology.....don't be shocked when USU does it again in other arenas. The BIG problem with the AGGIES is that they are too humble and they are not located in SLC or Provo, and they don't tell the whole world. While I am not an AGGIE, I am very proud of our land-grant university and the U and BYU. I'll bet if they all worked together more we would have WORLD UNIVERSAL acclaim!

  • Mike
    Feb. 21, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    This is not the first time Utah State has disappointed. Looks like it is time for Utah to shift more research dollars from Utah State to other schools. How about working on creating a third Doctoral/research university in the state such as Weber? I'm sure they would outperform Utah State in no time.

  • Are the BYU firms MLMs
    Feb. 20, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    Maybe the BYU companies aren't mentioned because they're all in Utah County, involve some kind of juice or vitamins, and have a strong MLM component! More Noni anyone?!?

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 9:35 a.m.

    Look at Utah State's ROI. What a joke.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    The fact that Utah has two schools in the top ten is quite impressive.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    The U's cooperation with start ups is often in the form of near extortion. They can claim intellectual property that was not theirs, but defending it in court is too costly for a small company.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 20, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    The story ignores BYU's efficiency. It mentions the efficiency of the U, starting 20 companies despite MIT getting 5 times more funding. of course BYU started 9 companies despite the U getting TEN times more funding.

  • ER in AF
    Feb. 20, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    Not that 9 = 20, but it is interesting to note from the story's graphic that BYU is ranked #7 in the nation for start-up companies. Could have been mentioned. The amount was mentioned just not the ranking.