A collaboration among leading research universities and federal laboratories across the Intermountain West to showcase the best companies from our innovation ecosystem.

Join hundreds of investors from throughout North America at Destination Startup®, a collaboration among leading research universities and federal laboratories across the Intermountain West region to showcase the best companies from our innovation ecosystem. Destination Startup demonstrates a powerful way to advance innovative research and translate it into impactful business ventures. The February 2023 showcase returns as a fully in-person event.

Some results from Destination Startup® 2018-2022:

  • 900+ investors, business leaders and innovators from across the continent have attended Destination Startup®
  • 70+ new startup companies have been launched
  • $400+ million has been collectively raised (to date) by startups in venture, angel, strategic and grant funding

This year's participating institutions include the University of Arizona, Colorado State University, Montana State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska-UMC, the University of New Mexico, the University of Utah, the University of Wyoming, the University of Denver and the University of Colorado (Boulder, Anschutz, Denver and Colorado Springs).

Register to attend the showcase

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, Denver, CO

This event is free. Registration is required to attend.

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Attendees wishing to stay overnight at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel can do so at a special discount rate for Destination Startup®. Please check back soon for discount information.


This schedule is subject to change. Please check back before the event for the completed schedule.

7:30 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks

7:45 a.m. | Morning Keynote—University Faculty Founder Success Stories

8:30 a.m. | Showcase Begins (tracks by sector)

noon | KEYNOTE: Investors Talk Back—Getting Funded out of the Lab

1:30 p.m. | Showcase Continues (tracks by sector)

4:30 p.m. | I-Corps™ Lightning Round: three-minute pitches on the latest innovations from the top university laboratories in the West  

5 p.m. | It’s a Wrap: Happy Hour: On the mezzanine of the historic Colorado National Bank building (Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel)

7 p.m. | End of event

Apply to present your startup

The application for presenting startups is closed for 2023. Please check back soon for information and deadlines for 2024. Sign Up for Updates