Since its inception, the intent of the donors, and the practice of the Smith Center is to provide programs that promote a better understanding of the free market system and limited government under the rule of law among the University community as well as the general public.
Smith Center and the UP! Club are excited to introduce their very first event in the START-IT-UP! series, the LAUNCH DAY, happening this Friday, Oct 18th, 5-9 PM at Room 311, Old UU. This is the opening of an entrepreneurial workshop series leading to the final Pitch event on Nov 22nd.
Come to this event to discuss important information about the series such as prizes, rules & regulations, and pitch judging criteria. You also will have the opportunity to meet other attendants and form your team.
In the past year, the Smith Center has evolved to recognize the impact of technological advances combined with entrepreneurial ingenuity, which inevitably move the economy toward market solutions, replacing less efficient arrangements and creating value for businesses and society as a whole. The Smith Center sponsors activities that help the University recognize the changes and opportunities which arise from this process, aiming to be a thought leader on the economy of the future, on-campus and beyond.
In particular, the Smith Center facilitates class projects where students work on real problems faced by Bay Area companies (often start-ups), or identify firms that are pioneering market solutions (for example, as investment prospects). To support these activities, The Smith Center maintains close relationships with businesses and other organizations that promote entrepreneurship on and off-campus. The Smith Center also develops and delivers instructional material and research on market solutions, and participates in various forms in public debates.
In fall 2019, the Smith Center launched a student entrepreneurship club called “Up!,” which will involve students of any major in learning about entrepreneurship. Planned programs this year include mixers, workshops, and presentations geared towards start-ups and students.
Past lectures have included: