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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.

Here’s Why Utah Is a Magnet for Tech Startups

By Michal Lev-Ram The secrets of the “Silicon Slopes.” Qualtrics, a “customer-service experience management” company that specializes in gathering customer feedback through online surveys, is a big deal in Provo, Utah. It now employs 1,200 people, claims 65% of the Fortune 500 as customers, and enjoys a valuation of more than $1 billion, earning it [...]

Oct 19 – How to Raise Money Seminar in Boise!

  href=""> Part of href="">Boise Startup Week! Where: Trailhead, Boise When: Wednesday, October 19 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Can I raise money? From where? How do I find an investor? Get answers to the questions that haunt entrepreneurs and more.  This is a two-hour long seminar featuring professionals giving you the best advice and [...]

Oct 6 – Deal Forum in SLC!

  href=""> style="color: #000000;" href="">  style="color: #000000;" href="">  style="color: #000000;" href="">  style="color: #000000;" href=""> name="DF">Where: Zions Bank, Founders Room, Salt Lake City When: Thursday, October 6 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 [...]

Sept 28 – 21st Century Entrepreneur Seminar in SLC

  href="">   name="21st">Where: Durham Jones & Pinegar When: Wednesday, September 28 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. You do not want to miss this event with the top venture attorneys, investors, and entrepreneurs in Utah! Learn critical information on term sheets and how they can make or break the success of your company.'s classes are by [...] Tapped by Salt Lake County to Run its $7 Million Revolving Loan Fund

SALT LAKE CITY--( href="" rel="nofollow">BUSINESS WIRE)™ today announced that it has entered into a three-year agreement with Salt Lake County to run the county’s $7 million revolving loan fund. Under terms of the agreement, will administer all existing loans in Salt Lake County’s href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund (EDRLF), while also reviewing, [...]

A high-tech mecca rises to rival Silicon Valley

By Andrew Zaleski Josh James remembers it like yesterday. At a business event in Silicon Valley a decade ago, he struck up a conversation with a venture capitalist about Omniture, the web analytics company James co-founded in 1996. Today, Omniture is the quintessential start-up success story: After going public in 2006, the company was acquired [...]

Has the U.S. VC deflation plateaued?

  From href="">Pitchbook Midway through the year, it's time to take stock of the current state of U.S. venture capital investment. Is it still trending downward, or are we entering a plateau? How much longer can the top tier of unicorns still rake in billions of dollars in outside financing? PitchBook's 2Q 2016 U.S. Venture Industry [...]

How Do You Measure Up? Biosketches Tell the Story

by href="">BBCetc href=""> Biosketches are key for reviewers to gauge the technical breadth of your team and its capacity to complete the project. At BBCetc we’ve seen summary statements, debriefings and criticisms of proposals denied funding because the team’s skills were lacking or were not properly detailed. As you prepare your SBIR/STTR proposals collect your [...]

How to Deliver the Perfect Business Pitch: 8 Tips Inspired by ‘Shark Tank’

        By  class="hubspot-author__link" href="">Lindsay Kolowich A great business pitch is among the first of many hurdles an entrepreneur must jump to get their company off the ground. While it's not necessarily an indicator of future success, it's a critical moment for any business. A great pitch can bring valuable partnerships to the [...]