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

Read about the 2024 Destination Startup
The Intermountain West innovation ecosystem came together at the sixth annual Destination Startup Investor Showcase hosted by Venture Partners at CU Boulder. In a highly competitive field, twenty-three select ventures from the region’s research institutions presented at the showcase. Read More
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. Explore the Presenting Ventures

Investor Showcase

Check back soon for information about the 2025 Investor Showcase. Sign Up for Updates

Apply to present your startup at Destination Startup

The application for the 2024 Destination Startup is now closed. You can still review the information below about eligibility, details and deadlines. Interested applicants are encouraged to begin preparation as soon as possible. Sign Up for Updates