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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...

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 ...

Providing Energy Technology Solutions to Utah’s Air/Water Challenges Through University Collaboration

The Energy Research Triangle (ERT), a partnership between USTAR and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), is pleased to announce the grant awardees of its most recent round of funding. ...

NEWEST ROUND OF USTAR TAP FUNDING OPENS

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...

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 U...

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’...

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 winn...

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 ...

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 technologie...

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 Partn...

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...

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 ...

Innovation Incubators: How states can encourage scientific innovation in ways no one else can

(Silicon Slopes Magazine, by Dr. Ivy Estabrooke, Executive Director, Utah Science Technology & Research Initiative, and Dr. Melissa Flagg, CEO, Flagg Consulting) With a new administration in Wash...

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 ...

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 iden...

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. J...

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 ...

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...

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 t...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 availab...

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...

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...

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 f...

University of Utah designs self-focusing spectacle lenses

(Healio.com) - 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 pu...

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 th...

University of Utah researchers develop innovative brain photography technique

(KSL)— In the deepest recesses of our brains lie the mechanisms controlling behavior, emotion and memories — areas of particular interest to neuroscientists who specialize in studying how and why ...

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-ba...

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...

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 Suns...

Construction begins on USTAR Innovation Center

(Hilltop Times)--  HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Developers at Hill Air Force Base broke ground on another new construction project March 3, creating more space for new jobs near the base. Air For...

Construction of new building, cornerstone of ‘Silicon Hill,’ begins at Hill AFB

(Standard Examiner, by Mitch Shaw) -- Construction of the first “outside-the-fence” tech building at a massive Hill Air Force Base development carries with it some lofty expectations. Last we...

USTAR TAP applications open; Sen. Mike Lee talks global trade; Vineyard’s Waters Edge wins builder award

(Daily Herald, by Karissa Neely) -- USTAR Technology Acceleration Program grant applications open The Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative opened the second round of t...

USTAR Innovation Center at Hill AFT Breaks Ground, Foreseen as ‘Silicon Hill’

(Utah Business) --  Hill Air Force Base—Developers at Hill Air Force Base are breaking ground on another new construction project this week, creating more space for new jobs near the base. Air F...

Developer begins construction on USTAR innovation center at Hill AFB, foresees ‘Silicon Hill’

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Developers at Hill Air Force Base are breaking ground on another new construction project this week, creating more space for new jobs near the base. Air Force and Utah ...

USTAR hopes Davis tech incubator leads to ‘Silicon Hills’

(Deseret News- By, Jason Lee) -- Utah’s next big technology-oriented corridor may be in the making in northern Davis County, where officials hope to kick-start high-tech companies at "Silicon Hil...

$2.5 million up for grabs for Utah tech companies

(Deseret News- By, Art Raymond ) SALT LAKE CITY— Utah tech startups and early-stage technology businesses have until March 29 to join the competition for a slice of $2.5 million in grant money fro...

MetaShield’s embedded glass-based nano-coating improves light trapping

(PV-TECH.org)-MetaShield has developed its proprietary ‘MetaShieldPV’ nano-coating technology that increases solar cell efficiency using advanced light trapping. Upon application, the product soli...

USTAR TAP Application for Utah Start-Ups, Opens Monday

Salt Lake City, UT- The Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative will open the second round of their Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) for applications on Monday, February 27, 2017....

Utah becomes breeding ground for technology entrepreneurship

(Universe.BYU.edu, By: Lauren Hanson)--Unicorn companies, Silicon Slopes, and high-tech mecca — all phrases that have investors turning their heads in recent years to look at Utah’s entrepreneur p...

USTAR Announces Winners of 21st Century Communities Challenge

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative partnered with Salt Lake County Mayor, Ben McAdams and the Sorenson Impact Center to host the 21st Century Communities Chal...

Flipping the switch on ammonia production

Feb. 3, 2017— Nearly a century ago, German chemist Fritz Haber won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for a process to generate ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen gases. The process, still in use today, u...

Gender Equality Isn’t Political—See Utah For Proof

By: Patricia Jones is the CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute. She is also the cofounder and former President of the polling and market research firm Dan Jones & Associates and served in th...

ARCO earns Angie’s List award, Startup tackles veteran unemployment, USTAR TAP Program awardees

This piece was published on Utah's Daily Herald website Thursday, January 26, 2017. It was written by Karissa Neely who primarily covers Business and Community Events for the Daily Herald.You can...

Engineers develop ‘smart glasses’ that automatically focus on what wearer sees

(Phys.org)-- The days of wearing bifocals or constantly swapping out reading glasses might soon come to an end. A team led by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Carlo...

Innovation Idol: Pitch Application

The Leonardo, in partnership USTAR, is seeking Utah's top innovators to compete in our Innovation Idol pitch competition. The evening of February 17th, five selected innovators will pitch for $3,000.0...

USTAR UTAG Application Opens To Universities, Monday

Salt Lake City, UT- The Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative will open the second round of their University Technology Acceleration Grant (UTAG) program for applications on Monday, ...

USTAR’S SSAC Named 2016 Tibbetts Award Winner

SBIR-STTR Assistance Center recognized for contribution to Utah’s technology community Salt Lake City, UT- The Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded one of its highest honors, the Tibbe...

Grant Aims to Accelerate Utah’s Energy Solutions through University Collaboration and Student Innovation

Salt Lake City, UT- The Energy Research Triangle (ERT), a partnership between the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), is pl...

USTAR Announces 20 UTAG Awardees from Five Utah Universities

Salt Lake City, UT- The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) has awarded 20 researchers grants in the first round of its University Technology Acceleration Grant (UTAG) program. Awa...

USTAR Researcher Dr. Brian McPherson awarded a 1.3 million Dollar Grant from the Department of Energy

Dr. Brian McPherson is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Utah. He was recently awarded a 1.3 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy to ...

U.S. Department of Energy Project Sets the Stage for Nearly $10 Million Investment in Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research

EGI’s Geothermal Group spent much of 2015 engaged in the initial phase of the U.S. Department of Energy’s FORGE program for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). The innovative and exciting end...

Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Winners Announced

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 5, 2017)—Gov. Gary R. Herbert, along with the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), today announced...

USTAR Names Second Round of Awardees for TAP Program

Salt Lake City, UT- The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) has awarded 26 early stage companies grants in the second round of its Technology Acceleration Program (TAP). Awardees s...

University Of Utah Will Showcase Four New Technologies At CES 2017

By LEE HALE, KUER The University of Utah will showcase four new technologies at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 in Las Vegas, including one that could change how people wear eyeglasses. Althoug...

3 things the flyover states need to compete with Silicon Valley

Note: This article originally appeared on VentureBeat.com IVY ESTABROOKE, USTAR In the first presidential debate of 2016, Secretary Clinton pointed to innovation as a key to economic prosperity s...

Engineers develop process for electronic devices that stops wasteful power leakage

According to the National Resource Defense Council, Americans waste up to $19 billion annually in electricity costs due to "vampire appliances," always-on digital devices in the home that suck power e...

USTAR Provides Utah Entrepreneurs with $639K in Funding Through its TAP Pilot Round

Salt Lake City—The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), Utah’s premier technology-based economic development program, today announced its Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) ...

IDbyDNA Raises $9 Million in Series A to Bring Precision Medicine to Infectious Diseases

IDbyDNA, a precision medicine company focused on metagenomic approaches for infectious disease identification, announced today that it has closed $9 million in Series A financing. ARTIS Ventures led t...

USTAR Launches University Technology Acceleration Grant, Accepting Proposals for Technology Acceleration Program

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative is pleased to announce it is accepting proposals for two of its grant programs, the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) and the University Technol...

USTAR to hold Confluence 2016: Where Innovation Meets Economic Development on Oct 4-5

On Oct. 4-5, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) will hold its third annual two-day research and commercialization workshop, 2016 Confluence: Where Innovation Meets Economic De...

Future Neuroscientists to Compete in International Brain Bee

Future neuroscientists and neurologists from around the world will be meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark to compete in the 18th World Championship of the International Brain Bee (IBB) from July 1 to 6, 2...

Former USTAR Grant winner DemoChimp raises $4.2M Series A, rebrands as CONSENSUS

In a move that will allow for a strengthening of a brand while opening inroads to future growth, DemoChimp, a B2B demo automation software founded in 2013, has announced they have rebranded as CONSEN...

USTAR Announces Technology Acceleration Program Awardees

The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) has awarded 12 companies funding for the pilot round of its Technology Acceleration Program (TAP).  Awardees span the state’s targeted te...

USTAR Announces RIoT Event at UVU

On Thursday, Feb. 25, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) will hold its Robotics and Internet of Things (RIoT) event from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Utah Valley University (UVU...

USTAR Launches Technology Acceleration Program

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is pleased to announce it is accepting proposals for the pilot round of its pre-seed funding program, the Technology Acceleration Program (T...

USTAR Spin-Out Receives Phase I Grant from the Grand Challenge Tuberculosis Control Program

Nanosynth, a USTAR supported University of Utah spin-out, in conjunction with its partner MGM Institute of Health Sciences (Mumbai) have been awarded a Phase I grant from the Grand Challenges Tubercul...

Governor Kicks off New Year by Honoring Leaders in Science and Tech

Ten individuals and one company will receive the Governor’s Medal for Excellence SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Governor Gary R. Herbert, along with the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) agency ...

USTAR Central

As our world moves toward greater connectivity and automation, we see the need to focus efforts in Utah on an emerging technology area. As new developments are made in AI, automation, droids and self-...

USTAR East

A sharp decrease in oil prices combined with recent federal regulations related to the environment have disrupted the status quo in the energy industry. Companies once focused on producing energy as q...

USTAR North

The USTAR North Office is a high-tech incubator – the Innovation Center. One of the primary goals of the USTAR North Innovation Center is to provide technology companies maximum flexibility while wo...

USTAR’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center – Winning for Utah

Written by Mary Cardon, director of USTAR’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center Utah’s small businesses with a focus on technology have an additional team member to find and win non-equity research and...

Interfacial Nanofiber Composites for Trace Alkane Detection

Written by USTAR professor Ling Zang Detecting alkane vapors is a major concern for a variety of industries. For example, it would improve the detection of leaks in oil wells and pipelines. Alkane ...

Nanosynth

What if there was a way to test tuberculosis with one breath of air? That is the technology NanoSynth, a spinout company from the University of Utah, has developed. Manoranjan Misra, president and ...

USTAR Faculty Make Headway in Nanotech

Written by Vince Horiuchi They say good things come in small packages, and that certainly is the case when it comes to nano-based research by USTAR professors at the University of Utah. At the S...

USTAR Confluence: Where Innovative Ideas Seed, Grow and Thrive

On Sept. 29-30, the Utah Science Technology and Research Agency (USTAR) will hold its second annual two-day research and commercialization workshop, 2015 Confluence: Where innovative ideas seed, grow ...

Leo After Hours Presents: Rush Hour, Transportation Solutions for a Sustainable Urban Salt Lake

On Thursday, Aug. 13, The Leonardo and the Utah Science and Technology Research agency (USTAR) will present the next installment of Leo After Hours, which will focus on transportation solutions Salt L...

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