At Grow Utah Ventures, the main question entrepreneurs ask us is “What events, groups, associations are out there that I can connect with?” Well, the answer is this list! As we’ve traveled the state we’ve met a lot of groups and now we’ve put together a list just for you.
Check it out and let us know of any others by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
NorthFront Entrepreneur Alliance
BoomStartup Mentoring-Investment Program
Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum
The 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.
Dixie Business Alliance
Successful entrepreneurs know that it takes determination, dedication and confidence to realize their dreams. They also need the right support from someone they can trust to give them sound advice and point them in the right direction. The Dixie Business Alliance (DBA) can provide this support.
The DBA is a partnership of eight organizations committed to entrepreneurial and small business success.
The Dixie Technical Association (Dixie Techs) is a network of technology professionals and entrepreneurs in southern Utah. The Dixie Techs actively encourage idea exploration and implementation, entrepreneurship, job expansion, peer mentorship and education in the technology sector. We create possibilities in southern Utah’s knowledge economy.
Startup Weekend - Salt Lake
Startup Weekend - Ogden
Mountain West Capital Network
The MountainWest 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.
Entrepreneur Launch Pad
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.
The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) 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 Tech-X is a business acceleration project in Utah Valley that connects entrepreneurs to money, markets, and mentors. It’s mission is to seek out the most promising entrepreneurs, products, services and help accelerate access to money, markets, and mentors. The success of the program is measured by the number of quality jobs created for the community.
Entrepreneurs' Organization - Utah
Weber Entrepreneurs Association
World Trade Center Utah
Utah Technology Council
Utah Economic Summit
Governors Office Of Economic Development
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development charter 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.
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.
BYU Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship
U of U Lassonde Entrepreneur Center
USU Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Concept to Company Contest Series
Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Competition Series
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.
Grow America Springboard Competitions
The Grow America Springboard Competitions are ongoing business plan competitions with no-strings-attached cash/service awards.
Utah Small Business Development Centers
Zions Bank Business Resource Center
Miller Business Resource Center
Utah Valley University Business Resource Center
The Business Resource Center is UVU’s storefront for economic development. For entrepreneurs and small business managers,the BRC is a one-stop shop for resources, expertise and assistance that accelerate business growth. For the state, the BRC is a vital cog in the broader economic development engine that creates jobs and supports growth.
Cache Business Resource Center
Price Business Resource Center
Southern Utah University Business Resource Center
NorthFront Business Resource Center
Ogden Business Information Center
SLC Entrepreneurs Circle
Tech & Business Co-Founder Salt Lake
Lean Startup Circle SLC
Founding Moms Exchange
Salt Lake Inventions, Entrepreneur Meetup
Startup Grind Utah
Kanab Entrepreneur Forum
The Kanab Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Forum is rural Utah’s premiere grassroots entrepreneurship initiative. Designed in consultation with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, a nationally acclaimed non-profit rural think tank, the Forum features monthly interviews with a wide variety of entrepreneurs.
Since the Forum began in 2007, attendees have commented on the value of learning practical lessons from successful business leaders as well as the importance of the Forum for networking. The Forum website also offers an online Entrepreneur Resource Library featuring regularly updated articles on issues ranging from financing, marketing and human resources to planning, legal matters and mentoring.
South Ogden Business Alliance
National Association of Women Business Owners - SLC
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.
Product Camp Utah
ProductCamp—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!
Evo - Womens Social Media Evolution
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
Utah Student 25
The Utah Student 25 awards program recognizes the top student-founded businesses in Utah, encouraging growth and interaction with Utah’s renowned entrepreneurial community. The program helps winners better publicize their achievement, while encouraging economic growth and job creation in the state.