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The Wayne Brown Institute was founded by the late Dr. Wayne Brown in 1983. Dr. Brown held positions in mechanical engineering and served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. In addition to his academic postings, he was a founder of Kenway Engineering (HK Systems), TerraTek, NPI (Agridyne Technologies), the Utah Innovation Center (the world’s first venture accelerator/incubator) and Utah Ventures (now Pelion Partners, Utah’s first and largest venture fund). By virtue of his academic, government, and business background, Dr. Brown was a leading authority in technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Many of the world’s science/research parks, innovation centers, and incubators have their roots with Dr. Brown. In addition to his many accomplishments, he has affected the role of government in innovation and entrepreneurship as the architect with Roland Tibbitts of the national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Later, as head of the State’s Science Council he spearheaded legislation to create the Utah Technology Finance Corporation (UTFC, now Innoventures), and Utah’s Centers of Excellence program. He successfully negotiated with the U. S. government to obtain military land for the establishment of the University of Utah’s Research Park, and key in the establishment of the USU Research Park and Timpanogos technology Park in Orem (Novell campus). His knowledge, experience and passion live on in the Wayne Brown Institute, its staff, its investor-led Board, and its countless supporters.
25 11, 2016

Free Access to BBCetc’s Webinars through the Idaho SBDC

2017-05-23T11:36:45+00:00 November 25th, 2016|

  Many SBIR solicitations have come out in the last several weeks. Did you know that through the Idaho SBDC you can access BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting's webinars on writing and submitting a proposal for free? Contact us to receive the pass.

18 11, 2016

Inergy pushes boundaries of solar energy, continue record-breaking Indiegogo success with newest product: The Raptor Pro

2017-05-23T11:36:45+00:00 November 18th, 2016|

Raptor Pro revolutionizes the portable solar market as the world’s first solar powered quick charger. POCATELLO, ID – Coming on the heels of two hugely successful Indiegogo campaigns, the Home Base and Kodiak, Inergy, the company known for driving the progress of affordable solar energy technology, now looks to revolutionize the portable charger by launching [...]

27 10, 2016

Feb 16-17, 2017 – 33rd Annual Investors Choice® Venture Capital Conference – SLC

2017-05-23T11:36:45+00:00 October 27th, 2016|

  The 33rd Annual Investors Choice® Venture Capital Conference! Two days of investing trends, innovative companies, networking, and fun! This year features a new ski/snowboard location! Enjoy a day in the snow with investors. Then head to the Investor Reception, where the region's top investors will be in attendance. The closing day will feature 24 high-tech/growth [...]

13 10, 2016

Nov 3 – Deal Forum Pitch Event – Boise

2017-05-23T11:36:46+00:00 October 13th, 2016|

  Where: US Bank Plaza, 2nd Floor When: Thursday, November 3 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pitching to investors when you are not ready can burn your deal in the investment community. Wouldn't it be great if you could pitch in a safe environment designed to accelerate the quest for capital? This is what the [...]

13 10, 2016

Oct 27 – Secrets to Financing – SLC

2017-05-23T11:36:46+00:00 October 13th, 2016|

      Where: Jones Waldo - 170 Main St, Ste #1500, Salt Lake City When: Thursday, October 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. This event is the first step on the path to get capital for your business! Come learn and network with venture professionals, as well as fellow entrepreneurs who have successfully secured [...]

13 10, 2016

Startup capital for startup businesses

2017-05-23T11:36:46+00:00 October 13th, 2016|

  Not all startups can raise capital. That's where the EDRLF comes in. This fund is meant to supply loans to high-tech and manufacturing businesses that have been turned down for traditional bank loans.* Up to a $400,000 loan amount is available, with competitive terms and rates. You need money, and we have it! As a [...]

10 10, 2016

It’s time to apply for the 2017 Investors Choice® Conference!

2017-05-23T11:36:46+00:00 October 10th, 2016|

  Do not miss the 33rd Annual It's time to apply! The Investors Choice® Conference continues to help emerging companies improve their business pitch, gain business insight and attract potential investors. Companies participating in this Conference have gone on to raise $10 billion in financial transactions since the Institute's Founding in 1983. As compiled in the [...]

6 10, 2016

Utah’s High West Distillery acquired in $160 million deal

2016-10-06T09:30:45+00:00 October 6th, 2016|

By Kathy Stephenson Utah's High West Distillery, which became the state's first modern-day spirit maker eight years ago, is being bought for $160 million by one of the largest alcohol beverage companies in the country. The acquisition by Constellation Brands, announced Wednesday, is expected to close by the end of October and includes High West's [...]