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Startup Academy Graduate: Taking on Domestic Violence

Taking on Domestic Violence Team

Who is Taking on Domestic Violence?
Taking on Domestic Violence
 recently completed the Research and Business Development Center’s (RBDC) 13-week Startup Academy program. Taking on Domestic Violence, which placed third at the Rexburg Business Competition, is a non-profit with the goal to stop domestic violence before it starts. Their message targets youth, teaching them indicators of unhealthy behaviors in relationships that can develop into actual violence if left unchecked. 


How did Taking on Domestic Violence get Involved with the RBDC?

Taking on Domestic Violence began as a class project for a design thinking course at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Mitchell Taylor, the founder, explained that the more the group learned about domestic violence, the more passionate they became to stop it. That’s why after the design thinking class ended, Taylor and some others from the group decided to turn their project into something real. That’s how Taking on Domestic Violence became involved in the RBDC’s Startup Academy. They came to the RBDC with their first donation and idea for a non-profit that could stop domestic violence before it ever happened. The RBDC’s Startup Acadamy is designed to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into real, successful business by providing resources, mentorship, and training.

Taking on Domestic Violence’s Time with Startup Academy

Using resources and connections made through Startup Academy, the young business was able to file for incorporation and 501(c)(3) status. The RBDC pushed the team to create a comprehensive business plan and narrow in on their target market, which they did.

During the 13 weeks, Taking on Domestic Violence developed a logo and website, created and sold merchandise, conducted secondary research and consulted experts to develop curriculum to present to youth.  Among many other things, they also piloted their curriculum presentation and lined up their first school presentation for Fall 2017. Taking on Domestic Violence described their time at Startup Academy to be invaluable to them.

The Taking on Domestic Violence team thoroughly impressed the RBDC with their dedication, hard work, and passion for their cause. The RBDC wishes them the best as they move on from its program!

Agriculture at the RBDC - Tractor in a field.

Ag Field Day 2015

The Department of Animal and Food Science at Brigham Young University-Idaho is having Ag Field Day on Friday July, 10th. The RBDC has been instrumental in providing the support system for the vast majority of the research projects featured at this year’s event.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the faculty in this department to provide applied learning opportunities for students in the ag space. This year’s event includes tours of the research plots, presentations from the students on their research, a keynote speaker and industry expert speakers.

Student Profile: Chris Luong

Chris Luong’s completed an internship with the business division of the RBDC as an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University-Idaho to gain hands on experience. Chris completed two hands-on immersive research projects, one for an international retail company and one for the mining industry. These projects required Chris to determine innovative solutions, create synergy within his team and practice effective project management principles. Chris now works as a business analyst – global internal audit at Walmart.

Battery Capstone Project

Excerpt from December 18, 2013 Poster Register, by Nate Sunderland

Seven BYU-I students worked with Idaho National Engineering Laboratory to help develop a

system to test the health and life span of individual battery cells within a complex device or

machine without interrupting what the battery was doing. Each of the students were tasked with

developing a portion of the device’s circuitry. They put in more than 1,120 hours combined on the

project… doing research, selecting parts and building the various components.

“It was cool to work with the INL and be part of this measurement system”, senior Derek Nelson said. “At first, I had a hard time understanding the concept…then I got it – so it was a great opportunity to learn.”

SAE Aero Design West | 2015

The Research and Business Development Center (RBDC) collaborated with a team of BYU-I physics and engineering students that competed in the Society of Automotive Engineers, Aero Design West competition. The student led team designed, tested and built a radio control airplane.  The objective was to fly with the most payload, additional weight.  There were 41 entries, with teams from all over the US as well as international teams includding: Canada, China, Egypt, India, Japan and Mexico. The plane flew two flights carrying 10 lbs and then 15 lbs on the second fight. The plane carried the 8th heaviest payload at the competition.


It was a great experience for the students to take their plane to a competition like this, make new friends on other teams, interact with the judges, and generally have their eyes opened to a new world. After the event, one of the judges commented on how impressed he was with the plane, and the student’s abilities.