The following is a list of common angel, VC, and other investment groups in Utah. The groups stretch across Utah from Logan to St. George. Each group is comprised of accredited investors and most have been entrepreneurs themselves. If you know of other groups not listed here, please let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Because Grow Utah is now a non-profit, it does not directly invest in companies. The funding arm of Grow Utah is now called Island Park Investments (listed below).
SLC Angels (formerly Olympus Angels)
Utah Angels 2
Park City Angels
The active lifestyle of Park City has attracted many dynamic and successful business leaders that have deep experience in building world class businesses. The Park City Angels facilitate unique, high-caliber networking and development forums for angel investors and mentors involved in early-stage investment. Our mission is to promote best practice in order to reduce risk in early-stage investments for the benefit of entrepreneurs, investors and the community. Our members are drawn from private groups, including investors and mentors who are interested in supporting and/or financing early-stage ventures.
Our members have in common a strong desire, willingness, and capability to support ventures where they can work with management in the local region. We invest in areas where we believe our group can be a true value-added investor.
Within our group is an environment where self help and camaraderie predominate and where angels can develop confidence in their early-stage investment skills.
Early-stage investing today is analogous to the early days of the stock market where railways and gold mining stocks attempted to attract scarce investment dollars. Clever people made their fortunes during these exciting times. The Park City Angels provide an environment where investors can develop a clever approach to early-stage investment.
Zeta Venture Partners
Signal Peak Ventures
Rock & Hammer Ventures
KickStart Seed Fund
Island Park Investments
Southern Utah/Dixie Angels
Our members are drawn from private groups, including investors and mentors who are interested in supporting and/or financing early-stage ventures. Our members have in common a strong desire, willingness, and capability to support early-stage ventures.
Because we like to be involved with our investments, we prefer deals that originate in Utah, Nevada or locales contiguous to southwest Utah.
Salt Lake Life Science Angels
Women-led enterprises traditionally receive a significantly smaller percentage of the total venture capital and private equity capital deployed annually.VAST strongly believes in the tremendous growth potential of this underserved segment and seek opportunities to build partnerships with passionate and experienced women entrepreneurs. VAST is located in Utah.
Crowchild companies focus on bootstrap growth to prove their business model and retain equity through early-stage development. Our distressed acquisitions have access to our network of experts and investors to get things back on track. All crowchild projects are undertaken for a short incubation period while developing access to equity markets
- With $1-$5 million of EBITDA
- Solid Management
- Location Generally in the Western United States
- Defensible Business Model
- Opportunities for Exit at Increased Terminal Value
University Venture Fund
Students play a key role in analyzing and determining the investment worthiness of a business. They perform in-depth due diligence on the company and the sector in which it operates. They work directly with the entrepreneurs and other investors in the deal, and work hard to truly understand the business model and opportunity.
Utah Fund of Funds
InnoVentures Capital Partners
Aries Capital Partners
DW Healthcare Partners
Sentry Private Equity
The Partners of Prospector Equity Capital, L.P. believe in forming long-term partnerships with experienced and driven management teams in order to foster successful market leaders. The Partners seek opportunities where they can add value through their diverse investment background with expertise and strategic resources across a broad range of industries.
Cherokee & Walker Private Equity
Alerion Capital Group
The name of our practice, Auxano Funding. Auxano means to cause to grow or increase. Our goal is to provide the resources, financial and otherwise, to help the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Utah.
We are all entrepreneurially minded here at Auxano. Our deal structure reflects this understanding. We strive to find ways to align our interests and efforts with those the management teams where we invest. The best results come from driven intelligent entrepreneurs that can take the help and resources we provide to launch their business to the next level.
Decathlon Capital Partners
Decathlon is based in Park City and managed by Wayne Cantwell who is also associated with Crescendo Partners in Palo Alto.
With our offices located in Salt Lake City, UT, we tend to favor investments in the West Coast and Mountain West regions of the United States. However, we also consider investments outside of this region that fit well with our investment strategy. We are generalists and do not specialize in making investments in any particular industry; however, we will not typically invest in pure technology startups outside of a defined business model and go-to-market strategy.
BYU Cougar Capital
Cougar Capital partners with venture capital and private equity firms and becomes a member of the syndicate team conducting due diligence on potential investments. When appropriate, Cougar Capital will co-invest with the industry partners in the deal.
Started in 2005, Cougar Capital has produced alumni currently working in private equity, venture capital, investment banking, and award-winning entrepreneurial startups. Forbes magazine recently designated Cougar Capital as one of the most innovative business classes in America.