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Startup 360TM Program

PIVOT Center’s StartUp 360™ is a comprehensive program to connect University of Utah (U) spinout companies with the resources they need to be successful. And for whatever stage a company is celebrating: conception, creation, growth or acquisition.

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Web Design and Marketing

Creating a website and logo can set the tone for an upstart and serve as a calling card for growth. First employee, first investor, first customer – telling your story to achieve these firsts can be challenging. The first impressions your company makes are frequently the difference between ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ PIVOT Center understands these challenges and has identified experienced marketing, communications and public relations firms to help craft your startup's message.

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Business banking relationships are important throughout the lifecycle of a company’s growth. From checking accounts to managing a venture capital investment, getting the right guidance to safeguard funds and ensure flexibility is something you should have from the beginning. Because not all banks are the same, PIVOT Center has identified banks that will partner with your company to provide the financial guidance and support you need.

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Keeping proper financial records from day one is important – even when there isn’t much money to keep track of. If you aspire to raise capital and grow a successful company, having proper accounting and tax advice will prove valuable. PIVOT Center has identified accounting firms that focus on startup companies to provide the most effective solutions for accounting, finance management, payroll and tax.

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Business is risky but understanding how to insure it shouldn’t be. General liability, professional liability, clinical trials, health, directors & officers and long-term disability are just some of the insurance policies your business may require. Work with insurance providers that can help identify the right coverage for your business. PIVOT Center will connect you to insurance brokers and agents that can explain each policy so you can put the coverage in place your company needs when you need it.


In-Residence Program

PIVOT Center created its multi-faceted in-residence program to leverage the knowledge, experience, and networks of successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Executive (XIR), Entrepreneur (EIR), and Mentor-in-Residence (MIR) with the program seek to build deep and lasting relationships and partnerships.



Sometimes having a trusted advisor and subject matter expert in a hectic entrepreneurial world can provide the calming guidance an entrepreneur needs. Every business is unique and getting input from domain experts is vital. Whether you’re seeking regulatory, software, technical or strategic support, PIVOT Center is continuously expanding its network to identify experts across a variety of industries and stages of corporate development. The experts in our network range from advisors to consultants to individuals looking to join an exciting new company. PIVOT Center provides hundreds of introductions annually, creating relationships that last for a meeting or a lifetime.


Board of directors

Having a board of directors isn’t something to be taken lightly. The individuals on a company board not only provide thought partnership on corporate strategy, they help navigate a company through good times and bad. Members of a corporate board also serve as advocates for the company and the management team. This is why selecting board members is so important from the beginning of a company. PIVOT Center has curated a database of experienced board members with valuable industry experience.


Find & recruit talent

From alumni engagement to sponsoring a capstone project, getting involved in internship programs, or hiring new grads, there are a number of ways to identify and recruit the bright minds who receive a world-class education at the U and are eager to make their mark on the world.

Events, training & resources

Innovation speaker series

PIVOT Center partners with regional, national and even global experts and experienced innovators to inspire and address hot topics.

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Base Camp Resource Library and Training Series

An ever-growing compilation of resources to support inventors and entrepreneurs. Don’t find what you are looking for, contact us and let us know how we can help you.

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NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program

PIVOT Center works collaboratively with seven other research universities in the I-Corps Hub West Region to boost tech innovation and launch startups. The program provides training and hosts technology scouting showcases that give entrepreneurs an opportunity to demonstrate their value to potential funders. Contact us for more information.

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Access to investors

If you are managing a startup company, chances are you’ll need investors at some point. PIVOT Center has helped advise and make introductions for startup companies to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. We maintain relationships with private and public investors across the spectrum of financing as well as across myriad industry sectors. PIVOT Center will assist in providing valuable introductions as well as preparing startups to present to potential investors.


Grants and investment funds

Check out some opportunities to apply for grants and investment funds. The U offers several options like the Ascender Grant Program and the 1850 Fund. PIVOT Center also strives to provide a list of external grants and investments funds, and these lists are constantly updated, so visit this page regularly. Explore funding.

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