Kicking off the new year is always exciting, especially for entrepreneurs. Primarily because it’s when cash flows are projected to change, either by sales execution or by attaining new investors.
Q1 here in Silicon Slopes is stacked with public startup competitions where entrepreneurs go toe-to-toe to win over investment dollars or non-dilutive winnings. These competitions are fun and fast-paced events. You should go if you are a first-time CEO or a founder of a startup, so you can see first-hand how other companies are asking for funding. Take note on their preparation and milestones (attained and projected) that get the judges to respond. You can learn a ton by watching others march down the path that you may need to take, soon.
SILICON SLOPES STARTUP COMPETITION – Utah Regional Silicon Vikings Competition
Sponsored by SWC and Kickstart Seed Fund
January 30 – 31, 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah
Submissions close January 12, 2020.
This year’s pitch competition at SSTS20, is partnered with SWC and Kickstart Seed Fund. Ten finalists will be invited, the winner will take home $250 K and be given a chance to compete and win $1M at the startup world cup finals.
ENTREPRENEUR AND INVESTOR LIFE SCIENCE SUMMIT
Sponsored by BioUtah, University of Utah TVC, and Simpson Thatcher
Submissions close on January 24, 2020
Presentations on February 27, 2020
The 2020 Entrepreneur & Investor Summit provides you with a unique opportunity to tell your company’s story to the entire Utah life sciences community, including investors from across the country. Those attending the E&I Summit include:
- Angel investors
- Venture capitalists
- Investment bankers
- Industry executives
CATALYTIC CAPITAL for women and minority founders
Winter Innovation Summit 2020 hosted by Sorensen Impact Summit
February 6, 2020, 3 – 5pm
University of Utah, Garff Building
Submissions close on Jan 10, 2020.
Did you know that less than 2% of $1.1bn venture capital raised in Utah in 2017 went to women-founded companies? This information is shocking, especially given Utah’s recognition as one of the leading states for entrepreneurs, a title bestowed by organizations such as Amazon and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
This year the Sorenson Impact Center plans to tackle the issue of underfunded and under-supported women and minority entrepreneurs by providing a much needed and deserved opportunity for 15 individuals at the annual Catalytic Capital Competition stage, one of the annual highlights of our Winter Innovation Summit.
36th ANNUAL INVESTORS CHOICE by VentureCapital.org
February 20 – 21, 2020
Snowbird Ski Resort and Marriott Salt Lake City, Utah
Purchase tickets now
The Investors Choice® Conference continues to help emerging companies improve their business pitch, gain business insight and attract potential investors. Since 2009, companies participating in this Conference have gone on to raise over $1.2 billion in angel/venture capital and over $10 billion in exits M&A/IPO.
Twenty-four 2016 presenting companies have already raised a combined total of $98 million in angel and venture capital! Historically, due to VentureCapital.org’s unique mentoring process, 70% of the presenting companies will go on to raise capital, and 80% will still be in business after 10 years. Over 25 companies will be pitching at this year’s Conference.