Innovating the innovation economy and technology-based economic development

Economies and businesses change and evolve over time. Those that fail to innovate often struggle to achieve sustainability and growth. In 1955, the largest 500 U.S. companies by revenue were listed in the inaugural Fortune 500. Today, less than 12 percent of the companies included in the original list remains. The remaining 88 percent of … Read More

Utah wins a 2019 regional innovation cluster grant through the SBA

Utah was one of seven regional innovation cluster (RIC) initiatives awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) received the award to expand its efforts to foster small business growth within the advanced materials and manufacturing industry cluster in Utah. “We’re really pleased that SBA found we … Read More

Rural company Dragon Shale looks to transform Utah’s oil shale industry

Located in Vernal, one fledgling Utah startup, Dragon Shale, is looking to disrupt the oil shale and petrochemicals industries and bring new opportunities for growth in rural Utah. Through a new technology currently under development, Dragon Shale aims to extract and covert petrochemicals from oil shale more efficiently, resulting in a lower carbon footprint, water … Read More

USTAR client company explores solutions to beekeeping threats

As honey bees are consummate pollinators, industrial beekeeping has become a key component of our modern agricultural economy. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that between $235 billion to $577 billion of the world’s annual food production relies on pollinators, including honey bees. From chocolate to fruits and nuts, pollination … Read More

Leadership is a Generational Relay

(Utah Technology Innovation Summit, Keynote Address by Governor Michael O. Leavitt) SALT LAKE CITY – I congratulate Governor Herbert for organizing this summit.  He is a thoughtful leader I admire greatly.  The decade of his service has been one of great prosperity in Utah. Leadership is a generational relay. Each generation builds on the generations before them.  Then it … Read More

Utah Technology Innovation Summit highlights role of innovation in addressing policy challenges now and in the future

More than 300 entrepreneurs, scientists, policymakers and thought leaders convened for the sold-out second annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit on Monday. Throughout the event, attendees learned about emerging trends in Utah’s innovation ecosystem and how those trends support the state’s economic growth. The Summit also explored how technological innovation can address current policy challenges for … Read More

Utah Technology Innovation Summit to offer technology entrepreneurs insights into early-stage funding, international markets

As part of the second annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit, taking place on Apr. 1 at the Little America Hotel, science-based technology entrepreneurs and innovators will have the opportunity to learn best practices to accelerate their early-stage companies. In addition to tracks focused on innovation trends and policy issues affecting Utah, the 2019 Summit will … Read More

Technology-based economic development remains crucial to Utah’s strategic growth

Technology-based economic development, or TBED, is an approach used to help create a climate where deep technology industries, emerging companies and entrepreneurs can thrive. This strategy is a standard, tried and true practice in economic development that can be found in city, state and national economies around the globe. Investing in technology-based economic development is … Read More

Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology Announced Winners to be Honored at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit in April

Governor Gary R. Herbert, along with the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), today announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. The medals will be presented to the four honorees at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on April 1. “I congratulate each of this year’s medal winners and I … Read More

USTAR SBIR Center provides essential programs to Utah businesses

Funding is often one of the primary challenges faced by deep tech and science startup companies. Compared to consumer products, software and other industries, deep technology emerging out of the hard sciences is inherently riskier and more capital intensive at similar stages of development. As a result, it may be more difficult for deep tech … Read More

Former Utah Governor to Keynote 2nd Annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) announced the Honorable Michael O. Leavitt—who served as the governor of Utah, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—will give the keynote address at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on Apr. 1 at the Little America … Read More

USTAR-supported technologies help pave way for STEM workforce development

Utah’s economy is facing a dichotomy. While the state is leading the nation in job growth, it is also facing a shortage of skilled laborers. The gap between job growth and labor, particular in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) poses a key challenge for Utah. If companies are not able to find enough local, … Read More

Governor names new USTAR acting executive director

Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Barbara Araneo, Ph.D., to be the new acting executive director for the Utah Science and Technology Research initiative (USTAR). Araneo assumed the role as of Jan. 25. “Barbara Araneo’s expertise and insight in the worlds of science and technology will be instrumental in her service in this new role,” said Gov. Herbert. “I’m grateful for her … Read More

Technology team receives national grant to create early literacy tools

(PARK RECORD, by Carolyn Webber Alder) The path that led to Cathy Callow-Heusser receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation started close to three decades ago. She was developing software for a reading program at the time, and she had an idea to create English-learning books that were culturally appropriate for different sub-groups in the U.S. … Read More

Traffic signs on S.R. 224 part of in-vehicle traffic app development

(Park Record, by Angelique McNaughton) PARK CITY — Electronic traffic signs along S.R. 224 have been informing commuters of their travel times to Park City and Interstate 80 over the last several weeks as part of a project a Utah-based company is spearheading to develop an in-vehicle app. Blyncsy, a startup that delivers data on the movement of … Read More

Utah rises to no. 5 in nation for science and technology capabilities

Utah moved up three spots, from no. 8 to no. 5, in the Milken Institute’s 2018 State Technology and Science Index, a biannual report that measures states’ science and technology capabilities and competitiveness that contribute to high-skills job creation and economic growth. The top four states—Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland, and California—were unchanged from the 2016 index. … Read More

Top USTAR moments of 2018

2018 was a busy year for Utah’s deep science and technology sectors, full of new funding rounds, technology commercialization milestones, and other achievements for Utah’s innovation community. As the year comes to a close, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) takes a look back at some of the top moments for deep science … Read More

Utah plays growing role in biopharmaceutical innovation

According to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), not only is the United States the global leader of biopharmaceutical innovation, but the state of Utah plays an increasingly important role within the industry’s growth. “The economic impact of the biopharmaceutical industry and its closely-integrated supply chain translate into high-wage jobs, substantial tax revenue and … Read More

National policy makers and experts stress need for technology-based economic development

Last week, business leaders, policy makers and experts from across the country convened in downtown Salt Lake City for the three-day annual SSTI conference discussing the innovation economy. Organized by SSTI (the State Science and Technology Institute)—a nonprofit that works to support technology-based economic programs throughout the country—the event was focused on creating policies in … Read More

Nominations open for Governor’s medals for science and technology

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 19 The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is now accepting nominations for the 32nd Annual Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. Established in 1987, the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology is the highest civilian award bestowed by the State of Utah to residents who have provided distinguished service … Read More

Utah one of nation’s leaders in science and engineering workforce growth

Utah is one of the nation’s leaders in long-term science and engineering (S&E) workforce growth, according to a new analysis released by SSTI (the State Science and Technology Institute), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support prosperity through science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. From 2003 to 2017, the time period covered in … Read More

Unlocking new solutions to global food production challenges

With more than 200 million tons produced globally each year, wheat is an essential, high protein, and nutrient-dense food source. With the recent announcement that scientists have unlocked the wheat genome sequence, research being conducted by Utah State University (USU) Professor Jon Takemoto, Ph.D.—and funded in part by the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative … Read More


On September 14, USTAR hosted a panel at the prestigious Science Diplomacy 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. The panel, Think Locally to Impact Globally: Science Diplomacy at the State Level—which was written, proposed, and coordinated by USTAR—was led by former USTAR executive director Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., who now serves as the executive director for corporate … Read More


USTAR recently released its annual report with highlights of its programs, events and economic impact for fiscal year 2018. “The past year demonstrated USTAR’s critical role in fostering technology-based economic development opportunities throughout Utah,” said Susan D. Opp, chair of the USTAR Governing Authority, in her introduction to the report. “USTAR’s success and effectiveness is … Read More

OxEon Energy poised to send technology developed in Utah to space

In an inconspicuous office park in North Salt Lake, the team at OxEon Energy works in their new office and workshop toward a very ambitious goal: making it possible to live and work on the moon and Mars. The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) client company is among 10 teams that were selected … Read More

Why Utah Is The Best State For Doing Business

From: Utah Business By: Derek Miller Utah ranks number one in the US for job growth, enjoys consistently low unemployment rates, and a strong workforce. What’s at the heart of this success? Small business. The US Small Business Administration reports that Utah is home to over 277,000 small businesses that make up 99.3 percent of Utah … Read More

USTAR-supported project hopes to prevent hurricane deaths

Hurricanes can be devastating and costly. With raging winds and storm surges, they can create floods, falling debris, and other weather-related hazards that are often deadly. Florence—which recently tore through North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia—can be blamed for more than 40 deaths, and likely more than $20 billion in property damages. However, University of … Read More

nView medical, a USTAR supported company, closes $1.2 million funding round

nView medical, a Utah surgical imaging company, recently raised $1.2 million in seed financing. The funding round was led by Fusion Fund with the participation of angel investors and matching funds from the National Science Foundation and the State of Utah. The company has been supported by the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) … Read More

USTAR to host panel at international science and diplomacy conference

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is set to host a panel at Science Diplomacy 2018 on Sept. 14, 2018 in Washington, D.C.  The international event is the fourth annual conference hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science Diplomacy. The conference brings together scientists, engineers, policymakers, and diplomats … Read More

USTAR’s SBIR Center assists Utah startups in securing critical funding

While Utah is hailed for its successful startup and business climate, one of the key challenges deep technology and science companies continue to face is finding the innovation infrastructure, funding, and support to develop an idea to a commercialized product. The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) fills a critical role in this space: … Read More

Energy and cleantech companies bring new opportunities to rural Utah

As Utah looks to find new ways to sustain its economic prosperity, as well as address economic challenges in its rural counties, Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) supported companies aim to find new opportunities in the energy and clean technologies sector, particularly in rural Utah. The growth of Utah’s energy and cleantech sector … Read More

Utah aerospace industry on display at Farnborough Airshow

One of the world’s largest aerospace industry events, the Farnborough International Airshow, wrapped up at the end of July with skies full of contrails and impressive aerial displays. Utah companies and government leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox, attended the trade show to showcase Utah’s aerospace industry and to identify new opportunities that could … Read More

USTAR-supported company EDX Magnetics poised to address the challenges and opportunities in scrap metal industry brought on by trade wars

From agriculture to construction, tariffs imposed and planned by the Trump administration are expected to have widespread consequences across the United States and in Utah. In particular, trade restrictions on aluminum, steel, and other metals are already impacting companies and consumers. While the long term economic impact and challenges of these tariffs are currently unknown, one … Read More

USTAR provides opportunities for Utah’s growing life sciences industry

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) plays a key role in helping entrepreneurs and scientists create and commercialize new technologies that advance health. With more than 1,000 life sciences companies located in Utah, the industry plays a key role in the economy, generating more than 70,000 jobs, both direct and indirect, $4.7 billion … Read More

USTAR partner GrabCAD launches competition with NASA; USTAR Innovation Center offering 3D printer training for those wishing to enter

GrabCAD, a partner of the Utah Science and Technology Research Initiative (USTAR)’s Innovation Center, is accepting submissions for their NASA Challenge for human rated spacecraft 3D printing process animation now through Aug. 10. The grand prize for the competition is $3,000. For the challenge, the Innovation Center, which is located in Clearfield, is offering interested … Read More

Congratulations To The 31st Annual Governor’s Medals For Science And Technology

Earlier this month, during a lunchtime ceremony at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit, Governor Gary R. Herbert presented the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology to four individuals for their distinguished service and significant contributions to the state in science and technology. This year, USTAR received dozens of nominations that were reviewed by a panel … Read More

USTAR’s Inaugural Utah Technology Innovation Summit Highlights Utah’s Robust Deep Technology Economy

The inaugural Utah Technology Innovation Summit was hosted by USTAR earlier this month with keynotes from government leaders on technology innovation policy, panels discussing autonomous systems, and funding and partnership options, and the presentation of the 31st Annual Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology by Governor Gary R. Herbert. With over 350 in attendance, the … Read More

Technology Experts and Government Leaders to Speak at Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) will welcome national and local experts as they converge at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City on June 6. Panelists will share their knowledge and experience in technology commercialization, and several local government leaders will take the stage to discuss technology innovation in Utah. Governor … Read More

Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology Announced Winners to be Honored at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6

Governor Gary R. Herbert, along with the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), today announced the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. The medals will be presented to the four honorees at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6. “These medal recipients are defined by their tireless passion and service … Read More

Governor Mitt Romney to Keynote USTAR’s Utah Technology Innovation Summit

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Today, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) announced Governor Mitt Romney will give the keynote address at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6. Governor Romney will address the role of innovation, science, and technology in economic development, alongside additional featured speakers and breakout presenters throughout the Summit, … Read More

USTAR Announces New Round of TAP Award Recipients

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) today announced the selection of its latest round of Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) grant awards. Thirteen companies, including three women-led companies and one rural company, and their technologies were recommended for funding through the competitive grant process that included panel reviews by industry and technical experts before … Read More


Andrew Sweeney, Ph.D., recently returned from the governor’s trade mission to Mexico. Representing USTAR, he focused on assisting Utah technology companies explore new opportunities. Here is his day-by-day account: Day One: An Introduction to Mexico The trade mission delegation dined together for the first time. Governor Herbert came to our table and reminded us to … Read More

Top Ten Reasons to Attend USTAR’s Utah Technology Innovation Summit

On June 6, 2018, hundreds of attendees will gather for the Utah Technology Innovation Summit, the state’s premier science and technology conference. The event is a unique opportunity to learn from leading thinkers and policymakers, explore ground-breaking ideas and technology and see how USTAR is catalyzing innovation across Utah. Some of the top reasons why you should attend this … Read More

USTAR Companies Recognized at 16th Annual Utah Innovation Awards

Over half a dozen Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) supported companies and technologies were recognized on Thursday as winners, finalists, and honorable mentions at the 16th annual Utah Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council. Companies supported through USTAR grants, Rosivo, Blacksand Technology, and EDX Magnetics, each won … Read More

USTAR, WTC Utah Connect Utah Companies to Incubators, Investors in Mexico

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah companies attending a trade mission led by Governor Gary R. Herbert to Mexico this week had the opportunity to explore opportunities to collaborate with entrepreneurs at Startup Mexico, a nonprofit enterprise incubator, and meet with potential investors during a pitch event. The pitch event was organized by the Utah Science … Read More

2018 USTAR Legislative Recap

Each Utah legislative session presents challenges and opportunities to support the mission of the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) and promote technology-based economic development across the state. The 2018 Legislative Session ended with the passage of SB239, which modified USTAR’s statute. As signed by Governor Gary Herbert, the bill’s intent is to address … Read More

USTAR Support Propels Utah Startup from Mars to Market

OxEon Energy, a rapidly growing Utah company, is working to unlock the potential in the $118B clean and renewable energy industry. OxEon’s core technology was initially developed to be used on the NASA 2020 Mars Rover launch. After getting the green light for that mission, OxEon turned to the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) … Read More

USU experiment that could ‘change the spacecraft industry’ launches on NASA rocket

*This project was completed in-part with funding provided by the USTAR University Technology Acceleration Grants (UTAG) program. (, by Liesl Nielsen) LOGAN — Locally-developed “green” thrusters that could potentially “change the small spacecraft industry” launched Sunday on a NASA rocket in Virginia. Designed and patented by Utah State University professor Stephen Whitmore, and built by his … Read More

USTAR Announces Latest Round of Awards to University Researchers

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) announced the selection of eight University Technology Acceleration Grant (UTAG) awards. “These projects are a testament to Utah’s innovative spirit,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., USTAR executive director. “We received strong applications and these awardees represent projects with high potential to make significant impact in real world application.” … Read More

Ecosystem for Innovation – Acceleration through Cooperation

Nestled in the heart of Silicon Slopes country is a unique incubator and business support center, Utah Valley University’s Vivint Business Resource Center (BRC). A host of state and federal resources and a number of startup businesses call the center home. In addition to the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, the Small Business … Read More

Set to jet: USTAR grant upgrades USU engine test cell

Step inside the jet engine test cell at Utah State University, and once you close two thick doors, you’ll notice much of the outside noise has dissipated. This is for good reason: to muffle the deafening sound of a jet engine ideal for a T-39 Sabreliner. “It does shake the building a little bit,” said … Read More

USTAR Accepting Letters of Intent for Spring Round of TAP Funding

USTAR is now accepting letters of intent (LOI) for the spring round of its Technology Acceleration Program (TAP). LOIs are required to submit a full proposal and are being accepted at until Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. “We are encouraged with the caliber of proposals submitted in past TAP rounds and look forward to … Read More

Nominations Open for Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards

Deadline for nominations is March 2 USTAR, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), is now accepting nominations for the 31st Annual Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards. The awards honor those who have made an impact across their careers and highlight accomplishments in 2017. Following the final selection of the … Read More

USTAR Announces Newest TAP Awards

USTAR’s Governing Authority approved grant funding for 14 Utah companies through the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP). Companies represent Box Elder, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, and Wasatch counties, and feature several industry sectors including Aerospace, Automation and Robotics, Big Data, Energy, and Life Science. “We received many strong proposals and recognize the competitiveness of this funding,” … Read More

Salem-based Inertial Sense announces breakthrough in Navigation Technology

Inertial Sense, a USTAR Technology Acceleration Program awardee, recently announced a breakthrough in navigation technology –  news that they have the world’s smallest micro-INS. The Inertial Sense navigation system boasts s tiny footprint (smaller than 3 stacked dimes), precision positioning capabilities and simplified integration into multiple technologies including drones, robotics, and payload devices. “The Inertial … Read More

USTAR Innovation Center aimed at seeding aerospace startups

(Deseret News, by Art Raymond) CLEARFIELD — The Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative, the state’s tech-focused economic development agency, opened a new facility near Hill Air Force Base aimed at seeding new, Utah-based aerospace and innovation companies. The USTAR Innovation Center, located in Falcon Hill Research Park, can house multiple tenants, has co-working space … Read More

BioInnovations Gateway Graduates Four Companies

Open House and Graduation to be held October 19 from 4–6 pm BioInnovations Gateway (BiG), a partnership between USTAR and Granite School District, is excited to announce the graduation of four of its companies. An open house and graduation program will be held Thursday, October 19, from 4-6 p.m. at the Granite Education Center in … Read More

USTAR’s New Innovation Center Opening November 3

The USTAR Innovation Center, housed at the Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park just outside the west gates of Hill Air Force Base, will officially open its doors November 3 with an opening celebration to include Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II. “We’re excited to see the opening of the USTAR Innovation … Read More


USTAR’s fall round of Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) grants is now open. Required letters of intent, new for this program, are due Aug. 25, 2017, with submissions closing Oct. 2, 2017. TAP is a competitive research grant program designed for start-ups and early stage companies. Anticipated available funding for this round is approximately $2M. “We … Read More

Utah’s Upcoming Unconventional “Un-conference”

If you think Internet of Things technologies are disruptive innovations, you are right. So, what better way to showcase and discuss the unconventional technology than an un-conference. Brigham Young University’s Phillip Windley is hosting the 3rd Utah Internet of Things Workshop on September 21st, 2017 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah. Windley, … Read More

Meet Wovyn: A recent USTAR TAP awardee and a recognized IoT company

Utah has several companies leading the Internet of Things or IoT revolution. While there are large corporate leaders with a presence in the state like Microsoft, Verizon, and Intel, as well as Utah’s own Vivint Smart Home and Monnit, there are also quiet leaders in specific technology areas like Wovyn, the company that is ‘weaving … Read More

USTAR provides collaboration “glue” to strengthen southern Utah ecosystem

Brant Ross, Ph.D., founder of St. George-based MotionPort, whose virtual prototyping technology enables companies to innovate faster and reduce costs, understands the value of collaboration. The winner of two NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, with help from USTAR’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center, says he felt technically isolated after moving his company from Michigan to Utah … Read More

Batteries of the future? Look to Logan

(Salt Lake Tribune, by Mike Gorrell) – The state is stepping up a second time to help make Electric Power Systems’ move into Utah a success. In May, EP Systems received an incentive of up to $1.67 million from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development board to manufacture batteries in Cache Valley. The project is … Read More

USTAR Awards Grants to Utah Companies and University Researchers

USTAR awarded seven Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) grants and seven University Technology Acceleration Grants (UTAG) in its latest round of funding. “This round of cutting-edge technologies has potential to translate into improved monitoring systems and methods to test and validate drug and device therapies,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., USTAR executive director. “Awardee projects span long-range … Read More

USTAR Industry Partnership Program Attracts EP Systems to Northern Utah

For Immediate Release June 26, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY – Electric Power (EP) Systems and Utah State University (USU) recently became the newest recipients of a USTAR grant through the Industry Partnership Program (IPP). Previously headquartered in California, EP Systems has announced relocation to northern Utah specifically to take advantage of IPP and other state … Read More

California company relocating to Logan to build better battery technology

(Deseret News, by Jasen Lee)– A California tech company is moving its headquarters to northern Utah to partner with Utah State University researchers to develop better battery technology. Electric Power Systems and USU recently became the newest recipients of a grant from the Utah Science Technology and Research, or USTAR, initiative through the Industry Partnership … Read More

Tech Center: Salt Lake City Taps Into Its Tech Startup Vibe

(By, PYMNTS) — When the state of Utah comes to mind, a tech startup hot spot isn’t necessarily the first image that appears. Oddly enough, over the past few years its state capital of Salt Lake City has slowly grown its tech startup sector. With low taxes, cheap real estate and fresh talent from local … Read More

USTAR welcomes New Managing Director and Governing Authority member

(Utah Policy)- Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) welcomes Brian Somers as its new managing director and Heather Zynczak as a member of the USTAR Governing Authority. “We are fortunate to have Brian join our team as managing director, and Heather to join the Governing Authority,” said Ivy Estabrooke, USTAR Executive Director.  “Both of these … Read More

Briefs: Energy, Leafs, keys, West Valley City

(Salt Lake Tribune)– Created by USTAR and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, the Energy Research Triangle program kicked off earlier this year by teaming with the Salt Lake Chamber to identify energy challenges facing local businesses. Now the founding agencies are offering grants of $125,000 to teams of at least three researchers from three different … Read More

USTAR revising role in making Utah tech matter

(Deseret News, by Art Raymond)– Economic optimism was running high and state tax revenues were flowing hundreds of millions over expectations back in 2005, which made it a great time for then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to champion a novel, albeit expensive, new initiative that would work to distinguish Utah as a technology and innovation leader. And … Read More

USTAR Welcomes New Managing Director and Governing Authority Member

Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) welcomes Brian Somers as its new managing director, and Heather Zynczak as a member of the USTAR Governing Authority. “We are fortunate to have Brian join our team as managing director, and Heather to join the Governing Authority,” said Ivy Estabrooke, USTAR Executive Director. “Both of these individuals bring … Read More

Ever Gonzalez: An outlier and innovator in entrepreneurial co-working

(Utah Business) –“Our whole focus is to help entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses,” says Ever Gonzalez, founder of Outlier, a St. George-based media and events company. Looking to escape the “rat race” of Long Beach, California, Gonzalez migrated to southern Utah in 2006. The friendliness of the local business community and continued efforts … Read More

USTAR Grant Program Addressing Utah Water/Air Challenges Open

The Energy Research Triangle (ERT) program is now accepting applications focused on finding rapid solutions to air and water challenges facing the energy industry. ERT is a competitive grant program that was created by USTAR and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, in response to Governor Gary Herbert’s ten-year strategic energy plan. For this round … Read More

Making Utah Cities Smarter

What makes a smart city, smart? According to the National League of Cities report, “a smart city is a city that has developed some technological infrastructure that enables it to collect, aggregate and analyze real-time data and has made a concerted effort to use that data to improve the lives of its residents.” There are … Read More

Navillum Nanotechnologies Invited to Prestigious Display Symposium

Navillum Nanotechnologies, a resident company at BioInnovations Gateway (BiG) has been selected to present a prototype of their technology at I-Zone (Innovation Zone) Display Week 2017 in Los Angeles later this month, a prestigious opportunity in the display field. At this symposium, the Society for Information Display provides a forum for live demonstrations of emerging … Read More

Salt Lake Chamber Announces Two Business-Focused Water Conservation Programs

(Utah Business) – Salt Lake City—In conjunction with Utah’s Water Week, the Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, hosted the third annual “Utah: Water is Your Business” Forum. The forum was an opportunity for business leaders to learn from local and national water experts about best practices and discuss how … Read More

Tour offers startups chance for seed money

(Deseret News, by Jasen Lee) – Launching a small business is typically a challenging and expensive venture, especially for those in the technology or medical science space. But there is money available to help startups make it through the development stages if they know where to look and how to apply. For the first time in … Read More

U of U President Names Dr. Lorris Betz Interim Senior Vice President

(ABC4 Utah) — Dr. Vivian Lee’s replacement has been named. Lee resigned as the CEO of U of U Health on Friday. In a statement, University of Utah President David W. Pershing says, “I am pleased to announce that Dr. A. Lorris Betz has agreed to serve as interim senior vice president for the University of … Read More

U. tops nation for tech startups, innovations

(Deseret News, by Art Raymond) — When it comes to generating business startups and converting research into commercially viable enterprises, the University of Utah leads the nation, according to the Milken Institute’s 2017 rankings of the Best Universities for Technology Transfer. Between 2012 and 2015, the University of Utah generated more than $210 million in licensing … Read More

SBIR Road Tour Comes to Utah Seeking Entrepreneurs in Need of Seed Funding

For the first time in over 15 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is bringing the SBIR Road Tour to Utah. Representatives of 10 federal agencies offering non-dilutive technology seed funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs will arrive at the USTAR SBIR-STTR Assistance Center (SSAC) … Read More

University of Utah designs self-focusing spectacle lenses

( – Researchers at the University of Utah created a compact tunable-focus liquid lens suitable for adaptive, smart eyeglass application. “Most people who get reading glasses have to put them on and take them off all the time,” Carlos Mastrangelo, University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor, said in a press release from the … Read More

Silicon Slopes Vs. Silicon Valley: Four Tech Unicorns, Thousands Of Startups, No Frenzy

(Forbes, By, Amy Feldman) – Back in 2004, when Aaron Skonnard founded Farmington, Utah-based Pluralsight, an online tech education company, venture capital firms weren’t paying much attention to the Beehive State. So Skonnard and his cofounders bootstrapped the company. Times have changed. Pluralsight – now one of Utah’s high-profile unicorns – has drawn nearly $200 million in … Read More

Person 2 Person: Ivy Estabrooke, USTAR Executive Director

(KUTV) Ivy Estabrooke is the Executive Director for USTAR, which stands for the Utah Science, Technology, and Research Initiative. Watch Video Here The initiative is designed to do technology-based economic development for the state. “We’re trying to make sure that good ideas can become companies and keep building and diversifying our economy,” Estabrooke described. Tech … Read More

If I knew then… Ivy Estabrooke

(CRAIN’s Utah) — The mistake: I went to Georgetown University and was working on my Ph.D. in neuroscience. About halfway through, I realized I wasn’t cut out for an academic career. I went to the career services office and filled out a survey questionnaire, using a number two pencil. The results came back a couple … Read More

Who deserves praise and criticism this week in Northern Utah?

(The Standard Examiner)- THUMBS UP: To breaking ground on the next installment at “Silicon Hill,” a 550-acre development resulting from a public-private partnership between the Air Force and Sunset Ridge Development Partners. The new 21,000-square-foot Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative building in the Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park will include an “innovation center” to … Read More