2020 startup pitch winners

Startup Pitch

As part of the 2022 One Utah Summit, a lunchtime Startup Pitch competition features Utah's best and brightest entrepreneurs. The event is powered by VentureCaptial.org, in partnership with Weber State University's Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center.

The Summit Startup Pitch is an entrepreneur speed pitch challenge where judges rank the best ideas, and the audience selects a people's choice award recipient. Contestants are pre-screened, and the top three deliver their business pitches at the summit.

Startup Pitch finalists receive cash and in-kind prizes and tickets to the summit, where they network with Utah's business leaders.

The people's choice cash prize comes with bragging rights as the top new venture idea from Gov. Cox's annual One Utah Summit in Salt Lake City.

How It Works

Call For Entrepreneurs

The One Utah Summit is accepting applications to compete in the entrepreneur Startup Pitch now.

All applications are due by February 11.

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Initial Review

VentureCapital.org will evaluate and rank applications, selecting the competition's top 10 applicants. A selection committee will then review the top 10 entries. The committee includes representatives from Go Utah, Weber State University, LSI (the summit's event organizer), and VentureCapital.org.

The committee will identify the top five Startup Pitch applicants by February 28, 2022.

Mentoring

VentureCapital.org will create mentor teams from its network of entrepreneur coaches for each of the top five finalists. Each startup will meet weekly with its coaching team to prepare to present at VentureCapital.org's annual Deal Forum event.

Mentoring occurs beginning March 7 since after the Deal Forum, only the top 3 move on.

Preliminary Competition

VentureCapital.Org hosts its annual Deal Forum on April 6, 2022. Each of the One Utah Summit top five finalists will have 10 minutes to pitch their startup, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A with the investor panel.

The investor panel provides feedback on what they liked, what they didn't, and opportunities for improvement. The panel includes active angel, family office, and venture capital investors. Each panelist rates presenters on market, business model, product/service, management team, and financial summary.

The top three startups are invited to present at the May 10, 2022 Utah One Summit following the Deal Forum event.

Utah One Summit Luncheon

Following the governor's annual awards presentation, entrepreneurs will have four minutes to present their startup during the afternoon plenary session of the summit on May 10, 2022 at The Grand America Hotel.

A panel of judges, including Gov. Cox, will rank the Startup Pitch competitors, and the audience will select a people's choice winner.

Startup Pitch Awards

Entrepreneurs will receive cash and various in-kind services from One Utah Summit sponsors to help them continue on their path to business success.

1st place: $25,000 
2nd place: $15,000 
3rd place: $10,000 
People's Choice: $10,000

The summit's media partner, FOX 13, will interview Startup Pitch contestants and feature their companies on-air. Contestants will also be featured on the summit social media channels and in communications from summit presenting organizations, providing valuable recognition and publicity for their ventures.