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Sign up for the April 30 Open Pitch Event

Hen House Ventures is hosting an open pitch event where any entrepreneur can sign up and pitch to experts on April 29, 2021. Sign up now

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March 26 Mock Investor Pitches event signup is open!

Sign up to participate in Hen House Ventures' Mock Investor Pitches event held virtually on March 26, 2021. Get feedback on your deck before you burn any investor bridges. One lucky participant will get access to Deck to Deal.

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Hen House Picks Best of 18 Startup Pitches

Join Hen House Ventures on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:00am to see a live pitch event where the final 18 companies go toe-to-toe to win the cash prizes and notoriety. This event will be live-streamed so the public can watch the companies compete. ...

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2021 Online Pitch Competition Now Open

Hen House Ventures is a proud sponsor of BoomStartup’s 2021 Open Pitch Competition. This online program is open to all founders, innovators, and startups who have earned less than $250K in the past year, and who are also making a difference in our health, society, work, and environment.

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Lisa Sheeran Becomes Director at Hen House

Lisa Sheeran now leads the day-to-day activities as the Director at Hen House Ventures, after serving as Communications Director for the past two years.

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2020 Utah Economic & Energy Summit

Tara Spalding from Hen House Ventures will judge the first-ever Economic Summit Startup Pitch Competition at the Utah Economic & Energy Summit. Join her and learn more about Utah’s economic development, energy, and global trade.  The event will...

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Utah Tech News Covers Venture Fuel Summit 2020

Utah Tech News features the Venture Fuel Summit on September 11, 2020 sponsored by Hen House Ventures.

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U of U Lassonde Workshop: Pitching to Investors (July 8)

On July 8, 2020 , Tara Spalding, president of Hen House Ventures hosted workshop for U of U students who are preparing to pitch investors. She covered the 5 mistakes commonly made during pitching and provide do's and don'ts for entrepreneurs. Check out...

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UVU Entrepreneur Workshop – Is Your Pitch On Par? (July 7)

On July 7, 2020 at 6pm MT, Tara Spalding is a guest speaker for Utah Valley University's Entrepreneur Institute on July 6, 2020 discussing and reviewing investment pitch decks created by entrepreneurs who seek guidance prior to approaching investors. This...

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Deck To Deal Now Provides Entrepreneurs a Self-Service Investor Pitch Deck Solution

Hen House Ventures announces a new offering for entrepreneurs who are raising a funding round during arduous investment market conditions. Deck to Deal provides self-service pitch support through online education, complete toolkit, winning pitch examples,...

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New Company Launch: College Counseling Elevated

Hen House Ventures is honored to contribute to the company and offering launch of College Counseling Elevated, all done in 24 days! Read more about what we did and how, here.

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A Conversation About The Future of Work — A Live Stream Event

Join Hen House Ventures President Tara Spalding and other professionals for this free informative presentation about the future of work within this current and ever-changing environment.

When: May 15, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m.

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SAFE vs Convertible Notes Webinar Moderated By Tara Spalding

Learn the difference between taking investment using a traditional convertible note compared with a SAFE Agreement. Hosted by VentureCapital.org, as a part of their "How to Raise Money" series. April 24, 2020 9 - 11am MT. Moderator: Tara...

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View General Assembly SLC Startup Event Moderated by Tara Spalding

INTRO TO THE SALT LAKE CITY STARTUP COMMUNITY | APRIL 7 About This Event This orientation was designed to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Salt Lake City. The event explored the inside scoop on Salt...

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COVID-19 Business Resources

Hen House Ventures wants to help you flatten the economic dip caused by this long-term crisis. This article is updated on a daily basis with helpful resources for businesses and individuals.

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Hen House Ventures Featured In Innovations of the World

Hen House Ventures has a unique vision for the software startups we incubate, providing immediate tools and resources to prove out the business plan and stabilize the company so they can attain funding, either through clients or investors, and grow...

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Comparing Incubators and Accelerators

What is best for your startup? Incubators, Accelerators, Startup Academies, or Mentoring Communities? Here in Utah, leveraging several resources can be advantageous. Early-stage startups often need guidance and input on how to grow their ideas and...

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Hen House Ventures Founder Tara Spalding Highlighted in W Collective Article

Tara Spalding, Hen House Ventures founder and president, was recently featured in an article published by W Collective. In this informative features piece, Tara discusses moving her company (and family) to Utah's Silicon Slopes. Read more... 

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Alpine Investors Invests in TEN DIGIT Communications

TDC Advanced Messaging Platform enhances VHT’s industry-leading call center solutions TEN DIGIT Communications LLC, the developer of TDC Bridge® Intelligent Messaging Platform for Enterprises, today announced that Alpine Investors has invested in TDC....

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Hen House Judging Entrepreneurs at Investor Feedback

Register to attend Tara Spalding, president of Hen House Ventures, will be one of the professional judges at the VentureCapital.org Investor Feedback event on Friday, January 24, 2020. Tara will be listening to the entrepreneur's 10-minute pitch, and...

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X2Engine, Inc.: X2CRM Lands on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

X2CRM recently landed on Gartner's prestigious Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management. While this news item was picked up by numerous news organizations, the most notable mentions were from Yahoo Finance and PR Newswire. This was the second time X2CRM...

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Hen House Ventures Launches Deck to Deal and Deal Genius to Boost Startup Fundraising in Competitive Technology Markets

SALT LAKE CITY, October 24, 2019 (Newswire.com) - Hen House Ventures announced today the launch of Deck to DealTM and Deal GeniusTM at Venturecapital.org’s WeROC event. Read more here...

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Tara Spalding Noted in PC Magazine Article

Getting girls inspired to engage in technology and science is a goal of Hen House Venture's founder and president Tara Spalding. She spends countless hours volunteer and mentoring for organizations the Women Tech Council, which hosts the SheTech event...

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Hen House Ventures Launches Deck to Deal

Hen House Ventures recently announced the launch of its new, exciting service that helps startups with the ever-important pitch deck.

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Hen House Ventures Honored as a Utah Innovation Awards Runner-Up

SALT LAKE CITY, October 16, 2019 (Newswire.com) - ​​Hen House Ventures announced today that it was named as a finalist and runner-up award winner at the Utah Innovation Awards ceremony, presented Thursday, October 10 at Salt Lake City’s Rose Wagner...

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Hen House Ventures Honored at Utah Innovation Awards Event

Hen House Ventures received an honorable mention for professional services in the 17th Annual Utah Innovation Awards for their startup incubation program. 

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Sequent: Securing FinTech Through Tokenization

CIO Review covers how tokenizes data through its platform-as-a-service solution for companies who build mobile and web applications themselves.

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Sequent: Neil MacDonald Named VP and General Manager for EMEA

Neil MacDonald Named VP and General Manager for EMEA for Sequent Software.

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Sequent: Joan Ziegler Named CEO

Hen House Ventures' client Sequent, Inc. announced recently that it had named Joan Ziegler as CEO.

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Sequent Selected by Major Japanese Bank to Deliver Secure Payments

FinTech Leaders Sequent and TIS Selected by Major Japanese Bank and Leading Card Issuer to Deliver Secure Mobile Payment solution.

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How Hen House Ventures is Disrupting its Business Arena

Tara Spalding, Hen House Venture's president and founder was recently featured in an article published by CB Nation/CEO Blog Nation about how companies are "disrupting" and innovating the usual business styles and practices. Read Tara's take on how Hen...

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Pointel: Launch of New Technology Facilitated by Hen House Ventures

Hen House Ventures assisted Pointel’s successful launch of its latest product: Genesys Adapter for Oracle CX Cloud. Hen House researched the market, created the messaging and implemented the collateral to launch the contact center software product.

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Commtrex Study Addresses Operational Gaps in Freight Railroad Sector

The study noted that rail shippers rely heavily on external contractors and human resources to complete operational tasks while simultaneously spending a lot of time on operations and procurement, whereas effectively utilizing technology would result in a major reduction in terms of time savings, as well as free up resources to focus on “higher value” activities like reducing freight rate costs and transportation asset expenses.

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Applitools Raises $8Million Round To Expand AI-Based Visual Application Tool

Applitools, the leader in AI-based Automated Visual Testing and Monitoring for mobile, web, and native apps, raised an $8 Million round led by Sierra Ventures, with participation by Bessemer Venture Partners and existing investors Magma Venture Partners, iAngels and La Maison.

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September 30, 2020  


9 a.m – 5:30 p.m. MT
The Slopes EVNTS Center
14216 Bangerter Pkwy
Draper, Utah or Virtual event

WeROC 2020

Women Entrepreneurs Realizing Opportunities for Capital (WeROC) is a conference designed to provide actionable insights, success stories, and tools for women leaders seeking investment capital. Women-led startups deliver twice as much per dollar invested vs those founded by men (78% per dollar versus 31%) but receive only about 2.8% of all venture funding despite owning 38% of the businesses in the country. 

To address these disparities, VentureCapital.Org launched WeROC® in 2017 to help women gain access to capital, provide them with startup business education, networking opportunities with active investors, mentorship opportunities, and the tools to succeed in their startups. 

To date, the program has empowered more than 50 women-owned and operated businesses and utilized a nationwide network of approximately 500 mentors. Further details of the program are provided below. Only 2.8% of investment capital awarded in 2018 went to women-founded or women-led companies. We look to radically change that by fueling, promoting, and empowering women-led companies.

Tara Spalding will be the moderator on the panel, “Successful Raise, Lessons Learned” interviewing Katie Neilson, Assure, Kacie Malouf, Malouf, Cydni Tetro, ForgeDX, Kassidi Henrie, Prenda. 

Register now to attend, use promo code “WRHH” to receive 25% off ticket prices.


September 11, 2020

The Slopes EVNT Center

14216 Bangerter Parkway

 Draper, UTAH 

& Virtual


Hen House Ventures Proudly Sponsors Utah’s Premier Venture Fuel Summit

A premier conference for Utah Startups! Hear from Utah founders and advisors who can help you and your venture get to the next level.

Presenters with real entrepreneurial experience. No armchair experts here–we’re filling the day with founders and advisors who have grown companies themselves and can help yours be successful.

Growth-Focused Content. All presenters are here to share insights on operations, leadership, or lean methodologies–all to help your company grow smarter and stronger.

Fresh Stage. Hear from new, insightful presenters every year who are running exceptional Utah companies–some of whom you may have never heard of.

Lean Methodology
. Become more familiar with proven processes that will help you evaluate your world-takeover plans, build a rock-solid foundation and scale efficiently.

Tara Spalding from Hen House Ventures will be interviewing William Borghetti, CEO and Founder of APiO, and also be the host of the Success Stories track.

September 9, 2020

11 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (MST)


WeROC Virtual Session

This is the first of three education webinars leading up to the WeROC Conference to be held on September 30th. This panel addresses the challenges women face when creating their careers while managing relationship, children, home, school, and COVID19.
Attend to learn more about how tactics and techniques other s have used to realize personal and profession success.

  • Cheryl Adams (PKG)
  • Jesse McKinney (Red Aspen)
  • Tara Spalding (Hen House Ventures) 
Sponsored by Hen House Ventures

August 4, 2020

Virtual Presentation

Midday Connect is an online networking group that invites a business expert to share and discuss an important theory. It also gives you the chance to do some 1:1 networking before the guidance, and then get into an active Q&A or debate. 

You must request to join Midday Connect for future presentations. The group meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. MT. 


Midday Connect: Packaging Principles and Validation Strategies

Tara Spalding, president of Hen House Ventures was invited to speak at the Midday Connect about Packaging Principles and Validation Strategies to a group of entrepreneurs and product managers.

Especially during this new economy, many companies have or still need to pivot or continue to hone their offerings because their market’s appetite for risk, cash availability, and purchasing inclination has changed. Tara explains these fundamentals and test points in a 30-minute presentation.


July 14, 2020

9am – 11am MT

How to Raise Money: Convertible Notes, SAFE Agreements, & Traditional Equity

This seminar is scheduled to be a Zoom Webinar, the password will be sent out after you register. For those who cannot attend in person, we will record the seminar and send a link to the recording after to all registered attendees.

This educational seminar explores the differences between convertible notes, SAFE Agreements, and traditional equity. It will touch on differences on conversion, dilution, discount rates, valuation caps, and other considerations. The content will include discussion on how this might impact the entrepreneur as well as investors.

This will be presented by an experienced panel that will discuss key considerations and factors you should be thinking about. Following their discussion, they will respond to your specific questions and to questions from other members of the audience.

Moderator: Tara Spalding (Hen House Ventures)

Panel: Sam Gardiner (Stoel Rives) | Seda Goff (PENFED) | Nathan McBride (Tamarak Capital) | Jerry Vance (Preferred CFO)

July 8, 2020

11am MT

Tara Spalding, president of Hen House Ventures will be teaching entrepreneurs and students about how to pitch investors in today’s economy. 

See the Presentation Here

July 6, 2020

6 – 7pm MT

Utah Valley University Entrepreneurship Workshop – Is Your Pitch Deck up to Par?

June 18, 2020

Top 3 teams final pitch event at the final pitch event at the 2020 Utah Economic Summit.

Startup Pitch at the 2020 Utah Economic Summit

Hosted by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute


The 2020 Utah Economic Summit is focused on bolstering Utah’s robust economy. This year, in partnership with the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, there will be a speed pitch competition featuring top startup companies from Utah. The competition is open to all Utah-based startups that meet certain criteria. The competition focuses on the development of a compelling business model. After a qualification round at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, finalists will speed pitch to a panel of experts and summit audience members. The three finalists will be competing for over $25,000, and the winner takes home the people’s choice cash prize with bragging rights for being selected as the top new venture idea at Gov. Herbert’s 2020 Utah Economic Summit. The final speed pitch will be held during a lunch event on Thursday, June 18 at the Utah Economic Summit in the Grand America Hotel.

ENTREPRENEURS: Deadline to apply is May 6. What do you have to lose, give it a try!

May 15, 2020


View Recording

A Conversation About The Future of Work

Utah Business will be speaking with Sid Krommencheck of Album VC, Tara Spalding of Hen House Ventures, and Curt Roberts of Kickstart Seed Fund about the future of work.

April 24, 2020

9:00am – 11:00am

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code: APRSHOWERS@2020

How to Raise Money: SAFE Agreements vs. Convertible Note


This educational seminar covers the difference between taking investment using a traditional convertible note compared with a SAFE Agreement. It will touch on the differences between conversion terms, discount rates, valuation caps, and cost considerations.

  • Moderator: Tara Spalding (Hen House Ventures)
  • Panel of Experts: Sam Gardiner (Stoel Rives), Bill Kirth (Juno Financial), Nathan McBride (Tamerak Capital), & Jerry Vance (Preferred CFO)

April 7, 2020

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Zoom Meeting



Tara Spalding from Hen House Ventures is honored to moderate this program.

March 21, 2020

7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RevRoad HQ
1555 N. Freedom Boulevard
Provo, UT

RevRoad Annual Entrepreneur Competition

Hen House Ventures is proud to sponsor this exciting event. Come out to see top contestants compete for the top prize of $10,000.00

ENTREPRENEURS: Deadline to apply is March 6. What do you have to lose, give it a try!

Apply as an Entrepreneur

February 20-21, 2020

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Thursday @ Snowbird

Friday @ Marriott SLC


36th Annual Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference

Join investors from across the nation at the 36th Annual Investors Choice® Venture Capital Conference. More information.

February 6, 2020

3:30pm – 5pm

Garff Executive Education Building
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


Catalytic Capital Investor Demo Day
Winter Innovation Summit 2020

The Sorensen Impact Group will highlight eleven amazing women and minority-founder startups from a wide arrange of companies who will pitch to prospective impact investors and to the general public. 

January 24, 2020

9am – 5pm

Zions Bank Founders Room
1 S. Main St
18th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84111


Investor Feedback by VentureCapital.org

This all-day event allows entrepreneurs to practice their pitches in front of a friendly group of investors – as well as the public.

Tara Spalding from Hen House Ventures is a pitch judge. Read more about this event.

December 4, 2019

Getting the Most out of the VentureCapital.Org Mentor Experience

This informative session covers how mentoring enhances analytical and soft skills while building out personal networks. Tara Spalding from Hen House Ventures was a panelist sharing her experiences and advice to startup mentors and “mentorees.”

Register to Mentor