Yorkshire serial entrepreneur to spearhead Las Vegas learning

YORKSHIRE serial entrepreneur Dominic Marrocco has reinforced his commitment to building links between universities and business by taking a role at the University of Las Vegas.

Leeds-born Mr Marrocco, who splits his time between his homes in Las Vegas and Leeds, has built a series of businesses in telecoms, IT, property and venture capital, and last year donated a substantial sum of money to fund 10 MBA scholarships and set up a centre for entrepreneurship at Bournemouth University.

The 38-year-old entrepreneur, who made headlines five years ago when he bought former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson’s Las Vegas mansion in a $4m deal.

Now based in Las Vegas, he has become an honorary fellow of the Howard R Hughes College of Engineering at the University of Las Vegas.

As an “Entrepreneur in Residence” at the university, Mr Marrocco aims to inspire students to follow in his footsteps and connect the instituation’s research projects to industry.

The businessman, who made his first £1m by the time he was 21, funded The Dominic Marrocco Centre for Entrepreneurship, which is currently appointing a chair to develop Bournemouth University’s research capacity in this field of expertise.

Mr Marrocco sold internet service provider Firstnet Services to Minorplanet and Pipex before buying broadband business 186k in 2004.

Mr Marrocco’s work with universities follows his graduation last year from Harvard Business School’s prestigious Owner/President Management programme (OPM).