October 30 Social Summit to Focus on Solar Power

by Barry Scholl

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will host a Social Summit on October 30 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Naked Fish Restaurant, 67 W. 100 South in Salt Lake City. Titled “Solar Energy: a Critical Component to our Energy Policy,” the Social Summit will feature a discussion about recent developments in solar power by Nathan Furr, a Ph.D. candidate from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University who has recently joined the entrepreneurship faculty at Brigham Young University. Cost is $15 per person and includes hearty hors d’oeuvres.

Organized by the Quinney College’s Alumni Board, the Social Summit is a series of lectures and discussions about current, high profile topics that have relevance both locally and nationally. Jonathan Ruga, a member of the alumni board, explains, “Our upcoming Social Summit will address how solar energy should be integral to ournew energy policy. We will contrast the energy policies of Barack Obama and John McCain, provide an overview of the incentives provided by the State of Utah for alternative energy, and make suggestions about how we as individuals can take steps to reduce energy consumption.”

In an interactive discussion format, Furr will also describe his studies into how entrepreneurial firms develop and examine this topic as it applies to the clean technology industry, particularly solar photovoltaics. Furr has authored papers on innovation, strategy, learning, and change in entrepreneurial settings. These papers have analyzed innovation in the photovoltaic industry, the process by which firms develop successful business models, the determinants of success for firms changing industries, and the impact of organizational learning on international market entry performance.

RSVP’s are requested for the October 30 event. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call Elizabeth Seeley at (801) 585-3440 or email seeleye@law.utah.edu.