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Vivint Business Resource Center                  

Finances, Corporate Structure, Marketing, Business Models, General Business Consulting
Small Business Development Center - Offers a wealth of small business-related resources including business plan help, market research, startup strategies, business management, funding assistance, financial statements--analysis--forecasting, referrals to specialized partners, and valuable networking opportunities.

Government Grants, New Product Development Training, Lean Startup, Proof of Concept
USTAR/UVU BRC Accelerator Program - Proof of Concept, Lean Startup, Market Validation. Breakthrough training for innovators and entrepreneurs. Designed to help entrepreneurs validate big ideas and then scale into profitable ventures. Program includes a series of workshops and exercises to help entrepreneurs build products / services that customers will be begging for.

Manufacturing Support, 6 Sigma, Lean Manufacturing
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of Utah - Helps manufacturers increase profit and get them to the next level. They show the secrets of using key tools and techniques that power winning companies. MEP empowers manufacturing executives to cut costly waste, run clean and lean, and do more with less.

Prototyping, 3d Printing, Website Design, App Development
Rapid Development Center (RDC)- UVU Students, experienced in 3d Printing, Website Development and App Development, create prototypes for local startups and small to medium size businesses. Prototypes are used for proof of concept testing and market validation. 

Government Contracts Assistance
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of Utah - Helps small businesses with all phases of Government contracting -federal, state, and local. Counselors provide one-on-one and group instruction that helps clients identify contracting opportunities, which can create growth of market share and revenues for them.  The government is an excellent customer because they generally purchase in large quantities, and pay their bills on time.

University Research, Technology Transfer
Technology Commercialization Office (TOC) - Helps the UVU community (faculty, students and staff) to explore the options of taking new ideas and technologies to market.

University and Business Research Commercialization, Technology Transfer
Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Initiative – Is a state-funded, long-term effort to strengthen Utah's knowledge economy, creating high-paying jobs and new businesses. This bold initiative invests in world-class innovation teams and facilities, and then commercializes technologies into new business ventures. It also supports the commercialization of business research, helping small and medium size businesses develop new products and take new ideas to market.

Recruit Foreign Corporations to the State of Utah
Economic Development Corporation of Utah (UDCU) - UVU partners with the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED),Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCU) and Commission for Economic Development (CEDO) of Orem to recruit and retain jobs in Utah.

Vivint SMARTLab
Vivint SMARTLab (Sales and Marketing Applied Research Test) This state of the art SMARTLab’s technologies and resources include: advanced eye tracking technology for advertising, package design, usability and website testing, galvanic skin response and EEG technologies that can pinpoint reactions people have to various forms of marketing stimuli. They have a Focus Group observation room with a two-way mirror. They have facial coding analysis to provide salespeople with unbiased responses concerning the probably interpretation of their verbal and non-verbal communication cues.

Business Consulting/Training/Accelerator

Startup University - The Utah Startup University Seminar Series is dedicated to bringing entrepreneurs together. They provide value-added workshops and seminars focused on providing tools and skills to entrepreneurs, would-be-entrepreneurs and business owners of startup and early-stage companies. From legal, accounting and finance, to fundraising, taxes, and business planning, entrepreneurs get the real-world and expert advice to help them "start, build, and grow businesses.

UtahTechX.com - Is a Revenue Accelerator providing participating companies with access to expert-driven sales and marketing mentoring. Program includes proven methodologies and cutting-edge tools for rapid, substantial, and sustainable revenue results helping companies address their three biggest problems: Generating More Leads, Closing More Business, Keeping More Customers. Participating companies receive twelve weeks of FREE one-on-one mentoring from sales and marketing experts. The course is only offered twice a year to ten select companies per session.

10,000 Small Businesses Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million national program designed to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services.

Wayne Brown Institute - The Wayne Brown Institute’s mission is to improve the human condition through entrepreneurship for the purpose of creating new wealth, jobs, and tax base. WBI was the first organization of its kind to accomplish this by transferring knowledge, experience, contacts and capital from the world’s leading business and financial organizations to promising companies, the essence of commercialization.

Boom Startup - The purpose of BoomStartup is to help great tech ideas find an optimal business model, create a minimal viable product that is revenue-ready, execute into revenue generation, and then make connections to customers and investors.  The goal is that companies at the end of the summer program will warrant investment from angel investors, venture capitalists, and banks.  BoomStartup’s mentors have included founders and key individuals from companies including Omniture, Cisco, Skull Candy, Altiris, and many more.


Capital/Funding/Grants

Mountain West Capital Network - (formerly the MountainWest Venture Group) is Utah's first and largest business networking organization devoted to supporting entrepreneurial success through: Fostering the dynamic flow of information about capital formation and distribution, Educating and mentoring excellence, Recognizing and rewarding performance, Networking activities which promote synergistic relationships.

Silicon Slopes- Provides resources for technology and life science companies, investors and job seekers, including detailed company profiles, community calendar, a blog and job postings. They also track investors and their activity including deal flow in Utah.

Grow America Springboard Competitions - Grow America is the sister organization to Grow Utah. Grow America is a for-profit organization while Grow America is a non-profit. The Grow America Springboard Competitions are ongoing business plan competitions with no-strings-attached cash/service awards.

Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Competition Series- The Utah Entrepreneur Series is an integrated competition process aimed at guiding students from the idea to implementation stages of a successful business. Submissions are judged by industry professionals for a chance to win $40,000.There are three competition levels within the Series: techTITANS, Opportunity Quest, and the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. Competitions are not exclusive, and do not require prior entry to move to the next level; however, students are encouraged to participate in the entire Series for maximum gain.

Concept to Company Contest Series - The Grow Utah Ventures "Concept to Company" competitions are ongoing innovation contests held in various regions across the state of Utah. Each competition focuses on the unique entrepreneurial strengths of that particular region. To date, over $580,000 in cash/services has been awarded and over 85 businesses launched!

Wolverine FundThe Wolverine Fund is an upcoming opportunity provided by Utah Valley University's Development and Alumni Relations Division, and specifically the UVU Foundation. Through this fund, students and recent UVU Alumni will be able to receive funding for their innovative new ideas. Yes- UVU is funding student innovation directly! Specific details available 2018.

PushButton UT Digital Media EventThe PushButton Event is open to all students across Utah. The competition is designed to foster the Utahn's entrepreneurial mindsets through experiential education and to connect them with other entrepreneurs.  The competition also provides funding for businesses as a reward.

Regular Events

Utah Economic Summit- The annual Governor's Utah Economic Summit provides business leaders and decision-makers from the business, government and academic communities the opportunity to learn more about strategic opportunities and challenges facing businesses today.

Utah Game Wars – Video game developers compete for award money and recognition. Put on by Grow Utah Ventures, Concept to Company, and sponsored by Zions Bank and USTAR. Winners have booths at ComiCon.

Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum Monthly Lunches - located at Zions Bank building in Provo, UT. Annual entrepreneur of the year awards program.

1 Million Cups - Entrepreneurs meet weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9am to pitch ideas and receive feedback.

Startup Weekend Provo - A global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

Mountainwest Capital Network - Utah 100 Awards Event highlights Utah's Fastest Growing Companies. This is the 20th anniversary of the Utah 100 Awards Event and we continue our tradition as the pre-eminent tribute to the fastest growing and most exciting companies in Utah.

Pushbutton Summit- The PushButton Digital Media Summit is a premier Digital Media Event centered on the intersection of the creativity & technology! Hosted in Utah & sponsored by Grow Utah, Zions Bank, and the Governor's Office of Economic Development this event consists of expert presentations, exhibits, creative contests, and best-practices from successful industry leaders.

TEDxUVUThe TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. This is a wonderful showcase of what is happening here at UVU and in our community.



Foreign Corporation Recruiting

Economic Development Corporation of Utah (UDCU)- UVU partners with the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCU) and Commission for Economic Development (CEDO) of Orem to recruit and retain jobs in Utah.

Governor’s Office of Economic Development- is based on Governor Herbert's commitment to economic development statewide. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. The Governor's Office of Economic Development accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around industries or "economic clusters" that demonstrate the best potential for development. The Governor's Office of Economic Development utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.


Government Contracts

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of Utah - helps small businesses with all phases of Government contracting -federal, state, and local. Counselors provide one-on-one and group instruction that helps clients identify contracting opportunities, which can create growth of market share and revenues for them.  The government is an excellent customer because they generally purchase in large quantities, and pay their bills on time.


Government Grants/Funding

SBIR-STTR Center - The SBIR-STTR center provides assistance to private companies applying for federal grants

USTAR Go-To-Market - Competitive Funding available for new product development. 

GOED TCIP Grants - TCIP was designed to speed the process of taking university-developed, cutting-edge technologies to market, thereby driving economic development and creating jobs for Utahns. Historically, the TCIP statute permitted grants only to technologies derived from Utah universities. In 2014, changes to the TCIP statute additionally permit funding small businesses that are commercializing technology developed independently of a Utah higher education institution.


International Trade

World Trade Center Utah (WTCU) - is a "first stop" support organization and information hub where a business can receive an initial analysis of their trade capabilities, challenges, and opportunities; referrals to the most relevant services; and access to essential educational events to increase their expertise. WTCU's signature service begins with a three step process of assess, educate & connect.


Intellectual Property

FreeTechPatents.com - This is a company that entered the UVU Go-To-Market Accelerator. They offer free administrative services to help with filling out necessary forms, making government payments, and generally handling all of the steps in the patent filing process.  It's useful for inventors who can't afford a patent attorney, but want to get protection for their invention based on their own provisional patent application.


Manufacturing/Prototyping

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of Utah - helps manufacturers increase profits, and get them to the next level. They show the secrets of using key tools and techniques that power winning companies. MEP empowers manufacturing executives to cut costly waste, run clean and lean, and do more with less.

UVU Rapid Development Center – UVU students develop websites, apps, and 3d printed prototypes for local Utah Businesses at an affordable price.

UCAID – based at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, serves the nation's aviation, aerospace, and manufacturing industries by conducting contracted applied scientific and engineering research for our industry partners and clients.


Office Space/Incubation

UVU Business Resource Center  Incubation space for companies. It is also a collaboration between many different university, government, and private organizations. It is a one-stop shop for businesses that includes general business consulting, business plans, prototyping, 3d printing, manufacturing, website and app design, the G2M Business Accelerator, video game commercialization, etc.

BioInnovations Gateway - Known for its leadership in life-sciences innovation, Utah has launched one of the first projects of its kind in the nation. BiG is a new high-tech educational facility designed to enhance the training of Utah's life sciences workforce and spur economic development through business incubation.


Networking

Networking: General Business Networking

Corporate Alliance - helps members create real relationships, the kind that can weather any storm. Every successful business needs a vast network of trusted clients, advisors and friends. They help members create their own powerful networks. People who know them, people who like them and people who trust them.

Entrepreneurs' Organization - Utah (EO) Is a dynamic, global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. The link below is for the Utah chapter.

Entrepreneur Launch Pad - Began in 2008 with a professional networking group in Centerville, UT. The group's objective is to provide a "hands on" approach to helping each other build successful businesses. Entrepreneur Launch Pad (ELP) now provides a forum in six locations in Northern Utah. At these weekly meetings they can collaborate on business ideas, give instructive feedback on business presentations, listen to and discuss business topics, and make important networking contacts to help them grow their business. The 6 meeting sites in Utah include: Brigham City, Kaysville, Ogden, Orem, Park City, and Sandy. ELP is a non-profit business, providing no cost services to entrepreneurs, whether first time, current, or repeat.

Vest Pocket - Locally owned, independent businesses, scattered in "pockets" throughout our cities, lend a unique flavor, a "sense of place" and heart, to our neighborhoods. These are the small stores, cafes, and professional offices that offer personalized services and extraordinary products, and often bring renewed vitality to historic buildings. Our neighborhood businesses are owned by "insiders" who care about their neighbors, employees, and the local issues that are important to a dynamic, textured community and sustainable local economy. The Vest Pocket Business Coalition is an association of local business owners who want to protect the precious diversity of our neighborhoods and preserve the choice, texture, and vibrancy that make us what we are.

LaunchUp - Hosts free monthly events in Utah (Vegas coming soon) where entrepreneurs can meet and work together.

Product Camp Utah – Product Camp—also known as PCamp - is a user organized gathering focused on Product Marketing and Product Management topics. PCamp is one of many "unconferences" held throughout the world. Although similar to traditional industry conferences, at ProductCamp there are no "attendees" because everyone participates in some manner. Some participants will present while others will lead a roundtable discussion. Some will contribute simply by sharing their experiences and others by helping with logistics, securing sponsorships, setting up Wi-Fi, etc. PCamp is a self-organizing collaborative event that is rewarding, fun and a totally cool experience!

Startup Grind Utah - Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn't, and what they'll do differently next time. It's an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

StartupUtah - is a regional initiative to increase the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial ecosystem across the State of Utah. From St. George to Cedar City, from Provo to Salt Lake City to Ogden, and across the Wasatch into Park City. Our mission is to multiply connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improve access to entrepreneurial education, and build a more vibrant entrepreneurial community. The initiative is associated with the national Startup America Partnershipsponsored by the White House.

Utah Inventor Entrepreneurs - A social group of entrepreneurs,  inventors, engineers, and those seeking to build start-ups. They communicate online and in person. Their goal is to help increase motivation, innovation, knowledge and resources to help others with their ventures. They have sponsors, discussion boards, and people with experience coming to help those starting out.

Networking: Central Utah

Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF)- is a volunteer non-profit support group connecting entrepreneurs to Money, Markets, and Mentors. Celebrating 20 years of new business success, UVEF empowers individuals to thrive in business through potent education and networking. Our mission is to provide effective tools and create synergy between our members and business experts. Among the many benefits of a UVEF membership is admission to our monthly networking events featuring a captivating keynote speaker and special programs. Meals are always included for members at all events. Members also enjoy exclusive access to our group membership directory and discussion board, podcasts and much more.


Networking: SLC

Lean Startup Circle SLC- is dedicated to applying lean startup thinking and building lean startup leadership. We bring the Salt Lake City lean startup community together in a variety of formats to learn from each other.  

SLC Entrepreneurs Circle - is a monthly business networking and training event for entrepreneurs, early to mid-stage companies, and professionals thinking of starting businesses or professional practices. We are dedicated to providing expert level training from community business leaders, university faculty and successful entrepreneurs. This is Utah's largest business meetup and the fastest growing business meetup in the United States.

Gangplank Utah–  believes creativity is fostered when individuals are gathered together in a low-key, informal setting. Located in a fabulous old house on the campus of the University of Utah, we have created an open environment where individuals can just drop in and surround themselves with those who share the same collaborative entrepreneurial spirit. We are "breaking down the walls" both figuratively and literally.


Networking: Technology

Salt Lake Inventions, Entrepreneur Meetup - This is a group of inventors and prospective inventors, entrepreneurs, product developers, mechanical/industrial designers, mechanical and electrical engineers, manufacturers, really anyone that has a passion of creating innovative ideas and inventions transforming them into physical reality including mechanical, electrical, and software if needed. Women are the fastest growing segment of bringing products to market, but don't always know where to begin, come and we'll help each other through the whole process. 

Tech & Business Co-Founder Salt Lake - With investor capital drying up and the typical speed pitch event losing their angel status, cofounder matchmaking is the best resource for new business startups. At this event, you will date founders and potential co-founders. We put "speed pitch" into "speed dating."

Utah Technology Council- Utah's premier professional association, the Utah Technology Council has become the essential business resource for life science, clean-tech and high-tech companies seeking to achieve greater success. At its core, UTC exists to foster the GROWTH of the state's more than 5,700 technology companies, ensure Utah develops the highest QUALITY WORKFORCE in the nation and attract an ever-increasing array of FUNDING. Members join UTC to share insights with industry peers, counsel with government and academic leaders and receive help from professional service providers and funding resources.


Networking: Women

National Association of Women Business Owners - SLC - The Salt Lake Chapter of NAWBO has been providing a strong voice and vision for women entrepreneurs and business owners since 1992, and previously to 1980 when the organization was known as UAWBO. They are one of 80 chapters nationwide affiliated with the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Founding Moms Exchange - Entrepreneurial moms meet and network with each other. Anyone who owns a business, wants to own one, is working on a creative venture, or wants to be around other businesswomen in Salt Lake and surrounding neighborhoods can be a part of this Exchange. You do not have to be a business owner yet.

Evo - Womens Social Media Evolution- Evo is a Utah conference that blends workshops, networking, parties and the wind-in-your-hair relaxation that can only be found by spending summertime in the mountains. It's for Women bloggers, businesses, and social media junkies of all levels. It involves hands-on tutorials and workshops, thoughtful discussions and keynote panels. Network and party with the friends and brands you love.

UVU Women's Success CenterUVU has established the Women's Success Center to offer women the support and resources they need to complete their degree and gain the confidence, opportunity and knowledge that come with a diploma.


Networking: Public Speaking - Pitching

Ignite Salt Lake - "Enlighten us, but make it quick" is the slogan of Ignite–a community event celebrating the passion and creativity of geek culture, sponsored by O'Reilly Media. Ignite events showcase a series of speakers who, in rapid succession, give five-minute talks on whatever ignites their passion. The format is half the fun with Ignite–speakers are allowed 20 slides that auto-forward every 15 seconds, whether they're ready or not. Organized by volunteers in the local community and presented free of charge to their communities, Ignite talks range from starting your own role playing game, to the rules of roller derby, to quitting drinking bottled water

1 Million Cups - Entrepreneurs meet weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9am to pitch ideas and receive feedback. 

UVU CAL Mastermind Lecture Series - The Center for the Andvancement of Leadership offers the Mastermind lecture series as a resource to leadership students.  This lecture allows students to network with other students and prolific leaders in the community.  


Business and Startup News

Utah Pulse - is a Zions Bank sponsored venture aimed at creating the premiere business web site in the Rocky Mountain region. Utah Pulse is being built around a robust website featuring premium business content in text, audio and video formats. This content includes a daily subscription based newsletter; a variety of business lists, data and tools; educational resources and user generated content from entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business policy makers.

Beehive Startups - Local entrepreneurial newsletter created by the owners of Ezine Software Development. Have 7k to 8k followers on their email list.

UVU BRC Newsletter - 3k to 4k followers on the newsletter list.


Technology Transfer – Research Commercialization

BYU Technology Transfer - The primary purpose of the Technology Transfer Office is to facilitate the transfer of university-developed technologies to the marketplace by protecting the intellectual property through patents and copyrights and subsequently licensing the protected intellectual properties to companies outside the university. Patents and copyrights are required because most of the technologies developed at a university require substantial investment by the company for final product and/or market development before they can be sold to the public. Unless companies have the protection of exclusive rights to the technology (e.g., a patent) they will not make the investment necessary to bring a technology to the marketplace.

Technology Commercialization Office (TOC) - helps the UVU community (faculty, students and staff) to explore the options of taking new ideas / technologies to market.

University of Utah Technology and Research Commercialization - The Technology & Venture Commercialization (formerly the Technology Commercialization Office) is a recognized leader in transforming new ideas into practical, commercially viable products and services. One of the TVC's goals is to provide process support services to companies and universities to help them successfully commercialize their intellectual property. We believe that providing these services will facilitate the growth of resources and deals in such a way that it will create a hub of creative commercialization for the city, state and region around the University of Utah.

USTAR- The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative is a long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah's "knowledge economy." This revolutionary initiative invests in world-class innovation teams and research facilities at the University of Utah and Utah State University, to create novel technologies that are subsequently commercialized through new business ventures. In March 2006, the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 75 creating USTAR. This measure provided funding for strategic investments at the University of Utah and Utah State University to recruit world-class researchers and build state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and development facilities and to form first-rate science, innovation, and commercialization teams across the State. This initiative focuses on leveraging the proven success of Utah's research universities in creating and commercializing innovative technologies to generate more technology-based start-up firms, higher paying jobs, and additional business activity leading to a state-wide expansion of the Utah's tax base.

Utah State University Intellectual Property Services - Intellectual Property Services—a university unit within Commercial Enterprises—is fully dedicated to helping USU faculty and staff manage and protect intellectual property. IP Services managers to work closely with USU and USURF researchers to identify, protect and commercialize USU intellectual property.

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University Innovation Fellows

Fall 2017:

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Erin Call

Spring 2016:

Jason Carrick

Brayden Cutler

Derek Latimer

Dallin Ott

Mark Romero

Spring 2015:

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