Lassonde Grand Opening
September 22, 2016
The grand opening of the Lassonde Studios is the culmination of a gift, a vision, and the work needed to bring it from an idea into reality. In October of 2012, during my inaugural address, I announced the gift, from Pierre Lassonde and the Lassonde Family Foundation. At that time, there was nothing more than a shared desire to create a unique building that would inspire thought, and reflect the structure’s innovative purpose. The iconic building we celebrate, nearly four years later, is the result of the efforts of thousands of people who caught Pierre Lassonde’ s vision. Within the walls of Lassonde Studios, is the potential to deeply impact the lives of students with an entrepreneurial spirit. It’s a place where they can live, create, and launch products and businesses. Its open doors, will also unlock the potential of elevating the community, and state.
Utah has a reputation for well-educated, collaborative hardworking people, and as a great place for business. As the state’s leading research institution, the University of Utah plays an important role in that success. Utah is an economic engine, and the university continues to be a driving force.
We are confident Lassonde Studios will lead to greater innovation, as it fosters students from all disciplines to engage deeply in their educations, test their ideas, build relationships that have the promise of strengthening their dreams; and as they, perhaps, launch products and businesses that will benefit our world, and inspire the next generation.