Utah Student 25 Rides Again-BYU Attracts Sharks (Shark Tank)

US25_LogoAttracting sharks (Shark Tank) is a good thing at the 2015 Utah Student 25 gala held in rapidly growing Lehi at Thanksgiving Point’s Show Barn. Electricity fills the air here and the sharks circle in the warm waters of Utah student entrepreneurship. A who’s who of investors, partners, and aspiring business owners all converged here to seize a slice of the American dream.

2014 #1 company, Spencer ...

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Shark Tank Takes on Yet Another Utah Startup – Crio Bru’s PR Win

Shark Tank just aired with yet another Utah startup on deck – Crio Bru ( www.criobru.com ). Kisstixx, PowerPot, Scan, and others have preceded them. They represent amazing home grown entrepreneurs born in the amazing startup ecosystem that is Utah, ranked as a top state to grow a business. As a 10 year business success with PilmerPR, a board member of Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF), co-founder ...

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Mark Cuban – “What’s going on in Provo?” Shark Tank

Mark Cuban of Shark Tank fame invested in Kisstixx, a company I consulted with when they were a client in the Orem CEDO business incubator where I served as board member. I blogged about the Kisstixx party commemorating that event at the time. Good times for Utah entrepreneurs.  Recently, Utah entrepreneur  Garrett Gee, founder of SCAN, appeared on the show. Garrett was an UVEF Apprentice back in 2010 when I was chairman of the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum ( Continue Reading →

Todd Pedersen of Vivint adds Shark Tank feel to 1st UVEF “Todd’s Top Ten” crowd pitch event

Thanks to Todd Pedersen, Vivint, City of Provo, & the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) for a cool Shark Tank -like event! DAILY HERALD story & VIDEO.

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After the smoke cleared the room, the young entrepreneurial sharpshooters of LunchBox held the coveted UVEF Top Gun trophy in-hand.  Such was the “OK Corral” shootout atmosphere of the first annual “Todd’s Top Ten” crowd pitch event presented by UVEF.

In a room full of investors, entrepreneurs, and over ...

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UVEF Kicks Off Top 25 Under 5 Search…Not American Idol, but…

Each year 25 emerging Utah companies five years of age and under proudly display their UVEF Top 25 Under 5 trophies after the July awards event. This year will be no different. An institution facilitating Utah’s national rise as an Entrepreneurial Hotspot, the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (founded 1988) has assisted the launch of hundreds of startups.

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Did Kisstixx "Nail It" w Mark Cuban on Shark Tank? – Paul Ahlstrom Chimes in

Want the same Public Relations awesome we gave Kisstixx founders?

On March 2nd I was with friends of Kisstixx founders Dallas and Mike for the big reveal of their appearance on Shark Tank on ABC TV.  300+ showed up for the party complete with refreshment, even gummy sharks, ...

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Entrepreneurs React at Utah Student 25 – Shark Tank next!

At a grand affair at Salt Lake City’s Grand America hotel, the Utah Student 25 announced this week its 2012 winners, representing amazing student entrepreneurs from colleges and universities across the state of Utah. In its third year, the Utah Student 25 recognizes the achievements of student entrepreneurs, the innovative companies they founded and their contribution to the ...

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