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The Lee Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Paving a Road to Recovery for the Hospitality Industry By Megan Neri

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hile many panicked, former UNLV Foundation Chairman, Greg Lee and then, UNLV President Marta Meana, talked about the need to safely reopen both our universities and our casino industry for the benefit of our community. Both knew UNLV could play a critical role. Greg and Ernest Lee, trustees of the Ted and Doris Lee Family Foundation, committed one million dollars to UNLV’s Lee Business School Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, to

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launch a world wide competition seeking innovations and solutions to make it safer for guests and employees to return to the hospitality, tourism, and entertainment industries. Greg, CEO of Eureka Casino Resort, understood first hand the hospitality industry challenges ahead. “This was uncharted territory for everyone, but we knew we couldn’t sit back and wait for someone else to solve our problems. We knew Las Vegas would re-open,

but the question was how and would our customers be satisfied?” Lee said. “We saw this as an opportunity for the Lee Business School to bring together business leaders, inventors, and scientific experts to make it safer for people to travel and play again.” In April, the Lee Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship began calling for any ideas that would push forward the recovery process.

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