Sharing lessons he has learned through the processes of designing more than 500 products and founding and leading a company, Hypercraft Founder and CEO Jake Hawksworth is the next featured speaker in Utah Tech University’s Elkington Founder Speaker Series.
Hawksworth will speak at noon on Feb. 8 in the Main Stage Theater of the Eccles Fine Arts Center on the Utah Tech campus. This event is free to the community and all are invited to attend.
Hawksworth’s career launched in the powersport sector, and he quickly moved from an entry-level product designer to COO of Skinz Protective Gear. By the age of 27, he had developed and designed over 100 products for Yamaha Motors, contributing significantly to Yamaha Parts and Accessories Division’s rise in accessory sales revenue in 2014.
With a technical background in fabrication, engineering and product design and being self-taught in product engineering and industrial design, Hawksworth operates with uncommon speed and efficiency and has a voracious appetite for learning. Hawksworth has created many industry firsts among the more than 500 products he has designed — collectively generating over $250 million in revenue over the past decade. He has been awarded eight patents in suspension design and other mechanical systems. He now brings all of this detailed experience to Hypercraft with a mission to offer electric vehicle solutions to everyone.
Hawksworth is one of two speakers to present in Utah Tech’s Elkington Founder Speaker Series this spring. Dan Caffee, CEO of Voze, will wrap up the series for the semester on March 21. The series is offered as part of the university’s polytechnic approach to education. This model emphasizes hands-on learning and career preparation in line with Utah Tech’s commitment to provide open, inclusive and comprehensive educational opportunities to students and community members alike. Learn more at utahtech.edu/polytech.