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

Destination Startup® brings groundbreaking researchers together with hundreds of investors from throughout North America to catalyze real-world impact. This showcase demonstrates a powerful way to advance innovative research and translate it into impactful business ventures.

Some results from Destination Startup® 2018-2023:

  • 900+ investors, business leaders and innovators from across the continent have attended.
  • 97+ new startup companies have been launched.
  • $700+ million has been collectively raised (to date) by startups in venture, angel, strategic and grant funding.

Participating institutions include Arizona State University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Montana State University, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), University of Arizona, University of Colorado (Boulder, Anschutz, Denver and Colorado Springs), University of Denver, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska-UMC, University of New Mexico, University of Utah and University of Wyoming.

Investor registration for the showcase

Mark your calendar for registration to open on Nov. 7, 2023, for the March 21-22, 2024 showcase. Sign Up for Updates

Apply to present your startup

Applications for the 2024 Destination Startup® are now open, with an Oct. 1 deadline. Interested applicants are encouraged to begin preparation as soon as possible.

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