powered by the Wayne Brown Institute

Entrepreneur Conference · 4 Members · Salt Lake City, UT, USA

About this Program

Apply here for the Deal Forum, WeROC, Smart City Accelerator, Utah One Summit, and/or Investors Choice Conference. More info about us at

Our Investment Focus, powered by the Wayne Brown Institute, is the oldest and one of the most successful venture accelerators in the United States. After 38+ years Alumni companies have posted impressive results, over $14 billion in financial transactions, and a 70% success rate at obtaining funding. 

We will evaluate any at high-growth/scalable startup and look for coachability, strong teams, $1b+ markets, and have a clear competitive advantage. Applicants may self-select to be considered for the programs below. 

  • Cooperative Venturing Program: The VentureCapital.Org mentor program is the core engine behind our The Deal Forum®, WeROC® (Women Entrepreneurs Realizing Opportunities for Capital), and Investors Choice® pitch events. Startups that are selected to participate are assigned a 5-8 person mentor team that consists of entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Teams meet 1-1.5 hours over a 4-10 weeks period to advise the entrepreneurs on 1) how to effectively deliver their investor presentation, and 2) developing strategies to commercialize and scale.

  • The Deal Forum® Program is a pitch event designed for companies in the seed to series A stage and features 4-5 startups.  Startups are mentored for 4-6 weeks leading up to The Deal Forum®.  Each company is provided 10 minutes to present to a panel of angel and venture investors provided by 20 minutes of Q&A.  It is followed by a networking session with light food and drinks.

  • The WeROC® Conference Program highlights issues women-founded and led companies face, such as access to capital and how to overcome those roadblocks.  It includes several keynote speakers and panelists that have recent experience working through these issues including founders, investors, and service providers.  The program includes a Deal Forum® pitch event where 6-8 women-led startups present to a panel of angel and venture investors.  Each will have 10 minutes to present and 20 minutes for Q&A.  Companies range from seed to series B stage and receive 4-8 weeks of mentoring.  The program ends with a networking session.

  • The Investors Choice Conference® features up to 30 companies seeking capital; most companies are in the late-seed to series B stage.  Companies are mentored 6-12 weeks in all; they have the opportunities to present to a panel of angel and venture investors 3-4 weeks ahead of the conference where they will receive critical feedback.  Companies present at the conference in 2 tracks followed by a lunch.  Lunch includes a keynote that will raise awareness of regional factors that will impact future startup and investment activity.  It also includes updates on VentureCapital.Org and its program.  We feature 2 educational panels as well as a number of networking events as part of the conference.

  • Boise Entrepreneurship Week (BEW): BEW is Idaho’s largest community-driven, entrepreneur-focused event. Each year, thousands of people come together to learn, support, and celebrate Idaho’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Applications to present are due at the end of August each year.

  • Utah One Summit: The Utah One Summit will feature a lunchtime Startup Pitch competition features Utah's best and brightest entrepreneurs. The event is powered by, in partnership with Weber State University's Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center. The Summit Startup Pitch is an entrepreneur speed pitch challenge where judges rank the best ideas, and the audience selects a people's choice award recipient. Contestants are pre-screened, and the top three deliver their business pitches at the summit.

  • The Smart City Accelerator Program us a free program offered in partnership with US Ignite. Selected startups will create a custom acceleration plan in partnership. The goal is for each startup to be investment-ready by the end of the program, concluding with a demo day.

Preferred Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Products
  • Business Services
  • Chemicals and Chemical Products
  • Clean Technology
  • Computers and Peripherals
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Digital Marketing
  • Education
  • Electronics / Instrumentation
  • Financial Services
  • Fintech
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrial/Energy
  • Internet / Web Services
  • IT Services
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Mobile
  • Nanotechnology
  • Networking and Equipment
  • Retailing / Distribution
  • Robotics
  • Security
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Telecommunications

Preferred Locations

  • United States