The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) was established in 2006 through the leadership and vision of the Utah Legislature and the Governor to leverage science and technology innovation to expand and diversify the State’s economy. USTAR conducts its technology based economic development mission through a diverse portfolio of programs and services focused in three areas: principal researchers, competitive grant programs and technology entrepreneurship services. USTAR has assisted the University of Utah and the Utah State University in recruiting over 40 principal researchers recognized for their research contributions and potential for developing commercially viable technology. Competitive grants provide funding at critical stages in technology development. Finally, USTAR provides services, specialized equipment and training through its regional outreach program. This includes incubation programs for start-up businesses, assistance in accessing the Federal SBIR/STTR programs, mentoring and training for technology entrepreneurs across the State.
Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy, and be recognized as a premier global business destination. – Governor Herbert
Build a robust innovation ecosystem in the State of Utah.
USTAR’s mission is to accelerate the commercialization of science and technology ideas generated from the private sector, entrepreneurial and university researchers in order to positively elevate tax revenue, employment and corporate retention in the State of Utah
Key USTAR Tasks:
- Support technology entrepreneurs and Innovators through training, funding, incubator and accelerator programs
- Broker technology transfer by connecting capital, management and industry
- Address market gaps in Utah’s technology ecosystem
- Strengthen Utah’s research capacity