Become a Startup Scout
University of Utah

Join the VC startup scout program and explore groundbreaking innovations while enhancing your entrepreneurial skills. It's an opportunity for growth, knowledge expansion and connecting with the vibrant startup ecosystem.


The University of Utah has a thriving startup and Venture Capital (VC) ecosystem which is largely facilitated by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business.

The university has seen the launch of more than 400 startups originated from campus technologies since 1970, and these companies and all other affiliated companies have, together, secured nearly $1 billion in funding. This solidifies the University of Utah’s position as a significant contributor to the growth of Utah's robust economy.

One of the most notable success stories from the university is Myriad Genetics, a leading molecular diagnostic company dedicated to saving lives and improving the quality of life of patients worldwide. The company was co-founded by University of Utah alum, Dr. Mark Skolnick, who discovered the BRCA1 gene linked to early-onset breast cancer.

Another example is Recursion Pharmaceuticals, co-founded by University of Utah alumni. Recursion is a clinical-stage biotechnology company combining experimental biology and automation with artificial intelligence in a massively parallel system to efficiently discover potential drugs for diverse indications, including genetic disease, inflammation, immunology, and infectious disease.

As part of its initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and VC culture, the Lassonde Institute provides plenty of resources including entrepreneurship workshops, competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate programs, etc.

The university's premier startup experience program, the Lassonde Startup Program, provides all students, or student teams, with $500 to $1,500 in micro-grant funding to start their project. This illustrates the university's commitment to fostering an entrepreneurial culture.

One of the key particularities of the University of Utah, making it an eminent institution for startups and VCs, is the university’s focus on commercializing its inventions and technologies. The university's Technology & Venture Commercialization office is dedicated to helping the university's researchers bring their inventions to market.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

Explore →

Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

Explore →

Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

Explore →

Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

Explore →

Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

Explore →

Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

Explore →

Grow Your Personal Brand

Explore →

Join as a Scout at Your University

Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Discover new opportunities from the University of Utah! Join our network of investors to receive exclusive dealflow opportunities from individuals, startups, and the most innovative new ventures.

Learn More →

Scout Programs in Other Global Startup Hubs


Do you interview founders & startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

Scout founders you interview →

Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

Scout startups you sit next to→

Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

Scout startups at your event →


Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

Scout startups at your university →

All trademarks, logos and brand names are the property of their respective owners. All company, product and service names used in this website are for identification purposes only. Use of these names, trademarks, and brands does not imply endorsement.