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BoomStartup Pitch Competition Winners Selected

On February 24, 2020, BoomStartup Accelerator held its premier Live Final Pitch Event. Eighteen finalists representing six different categories delivered their most compelling pitch to ten judges and to the general public through video streaming and video conferencing.

Nearly 200 founders, creators, and entrepreneurs from 11 countries entered this competition intending to showcase their potential within Energy, Education, Impact, Health and Wellness, Productivity, and Financials. After the preliminary round of judging, the top three entrants in each category emerged as finalists.

We would like to thank the judges for their time and valuable input:

Chris Badger, Partner, Now CFO

John Richards, Entrepreneur/Angel Investor/Mentor, Startup Ignition

Katie Neilson, Co-founder, CRO, Assure

Sean Warren, Founder, Veyo Partners

Shaykayla Smith, Community and Marketing Lead, STRT

Kyrene Clarke, Manager, Sorenson Impact Center

Lisa Sheeran, Director, Hen House Ventures

Mark Rasich, Partner, Stoel Rives

Mark Tullis, Co-founder/Managing Director, TechBuzz

Robb Kunz, CEO, Glassboard Technologies

This event was BoomStartup’s first 2021 event and we look forward to other upcoming events that will forward our mission of connecting startup companies with the mentors, investors, and industry experts to achieve scale and generate explosive growth.


Finalists Announced for Open Pitch Competition


BoomStartup Accelerator is pleased with the public support for the Open Pitch Competition. This is the first event for 2021 hosted by BoomStartup, and the response was fantastic. Over 200 founders, creators, and companies applied for this competition, and here are the 18 finalists. The Live Final Pitch Event will be streamed, live on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 9am – Noon, MT. Register now to attend.


  • PedalCell, Adam Hokin
  • Blitz, Saivya Chauhan
  • EnerYields, Hetal Parekh


  • Spira, Elliot Roth
  • Miingl, Jake Strack
  • Aspire Ability, Jon Mott


  • Class Composer, Mike Cronley
  • Utiva, Bode Maxwell-Akinyemi
  • LangInnov, Rocia Rana


  • NeVap, Benjamin Wang
  • Inherent Biosciences, Kristin Brogaard
  • Wumgo, Teri Tito


  • Freelance for Law, Brian Bedard
  • Skedgit, Mike McVey
  • HatchForm, Sean O’Shea


  • Sencha Credit, Christopher Lamarre
  • Nava Ventures, Aman Thind
  • Sontse Technology, Luis Campos Yafar


The Live Final Pitch Event will be broadcasted through Vimeo streaming service, for anyone in the public to see on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 9am – 12:15pm MT. Register now to get your free ticket.


9:00am Welcome
9:20am – First pitch category – Energy
9:40am – Second pitch category – Impact
10:08am – Third pitch category – Education
10:30am – Fourth pitch Category – Health and Wellness
10:55am – Fifth pitch category – Productivity
11:20am – Sixth pitch category – Financials
11:40am – Awards
12pm – Conclusion



In addition to viewing these pitches, the public is encouraged to support their favorite startup pitch by voting for the best pitch. This is a survey vote where one vote can be casted by each email address. Submit your finalist vote, now.

The winner will be announced during the Awards section at 11:50pm tomorrow.


Tara Spalding Joins BoomStartup Accelerator as Managing Director.


Assure is pleased to announce the appointment of Tara Spalding as Managing Director. Mrs. Spalding’s appointment is a strategic move to enhance the company’s robust suite of solutions offered to founders, companies, investors and deal organizers. 

Additional services and programs to be launched in 2021 will put critical early-stage capital into the hands of founders, quicker through this new program and Assure’s unique platform. We intend to support founders through every growth stage during this ever-changing economic environment. 

Founded in 2010 and acquired by Assure in 2019, BoomStartup is a startup accelerator and mentorship-driven angel-stage investment program for startups. It operates as an online technology-driven accelerator, providing entrepreneurs a custom business plan including business maturity guidance, investment preparation, and capital structuring relevant to growth, and investment strategies as well as a curated marketplace for services.

BoomStartup has been consistently ranked as a top U.S. accelerator and has helped more than 1,200 companies. BoomStartup graduates have raised more than $55 million in early-stage capital. With its acquisition by Assure, its portfolio companies will now have access to Assure’s industry-leading Glassboard Platform and professional services.

Tara Spalding has a rich and expansive background within the private equity and investment areas. She is the Founder and President of Hen House Ventures, a startup incubator based in Salt Lake City, Utah, that has supported BoomStartup Accelerator program since 2019.

Tara began her high-tech career in Silicon Valley when she taught herself to code software, she became the first employee, and eventually VP of Marketing at SugarCRM. Her experience also includes roles as CMO at GroundWork Open Source, VP Marketing at Magnet Systems, and co-founder and CPO at BenchPick.

Mrs. Spalding is on the board of directors for, frequently hosts startup workshops at the University of Utah Lassonde Institute and for the UVU Entrepreneur and WeLIFT programs. She was chosen as a 2020 Utah Business Top 30 Women to Watch. Mrs. Spalding is motivated to help companies who intend to better the world through technological innovations but need a path to fund and grow their business. 

BoomStartup Selected As Top 10 Inspiring Global Accelerator

Finding startup inspiration during these challenging times.

In these challenging times, startups, organizations, and other relevant stakeholders in each ecosystem are working together to make our lives easier.

There are plenty of organizations today who take on themselves the mission to lead us through this crisis and help maintain networking opportunities between all stakeholders, to build new business relationships & collaborations. has selected BoomStartup as one of the inspiring and prominent global accelerator for the new economy and capital raising ecosystem. Read the article on the importance of Global Accelerators.

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Assure Acquires BoomStartup, Launches Assure Technology to Digitize a Complete, End-to-End Solution for the Private Investment Marketplace

Acquisition catalyzes growth strategy to provide a full suite of services for private investment market participants through every stage of a transaction.

SALT LAKE CITY (June 21, 2019) — Assure, the leading provider of fund administration and transaction services for the private investment marketplace, announced today that it has acquired BoomStartup, one of the top startup accelerators in the United States.

With the acquisition of BoomStartup, Assure now offers a comprehensive platform to founders, companies, investors and deal organizers with a full suite of solutions and services applicable throughout the entire venture life cycle from idea to exit. By maintaining touchpoints throughout this cycle, Assure is positioned to deliver solutions at the exact time of need and in the most efficient and value-additive way.

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