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Utah Business Startup Summit


Sep 08 2022


1:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Virtual and In-person in Salt Lake City, Utah


Tara Spalding


Tara Spalding

Tara Spalding Managing Director, BoomStartup Accelerator Tara Spalding is Managing Director of BoomStartup Accelerator. BoomStartup is an 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. Tara is also the founder of Hen House Ventures, an early stage incubator that helps tech companies rapidly scale when entering massive markets, and is also on the board of trustees for Tara is the recipient of the 2020 Utah Business 30 Women to Watch award. Tara began her high-tech career in Silicon Valley when she taught herself to code software and became the first employee, and eventually VP of marketing at industry leader, SugarCRM. Her Silicon Valley experience included roles as CMO at GroundWork Open Source, VP marketing at Magnet Systems, and co-founder and CPO at BenchPick. Tara received her bachelors from University of Colorado, Boulder.




Join Utah Business at Kiln SLC on September 8th, 2022 for a deep dive into what it takes to get your business funded. A panel of industry experts will walk us through what it takes to be an investable startup. They will provide us with the important metrics investors look for and homework to do before looking for funding.


After we learn from those who know seed funding best, watch the process happen LIVE at our Startup Summit Pitch Competition. Our Pitch Competition will be judged by key funding players in Utah. You will get to hear the judges’ questions and see what a well-prepared pitch looks like.


Not quite ready to pitch? No worries! We will host an hour of exclusive Office Hours with our experts. We will send out the signup schedule a week before the event for you to select a 10-minute, one-on-one session to discuss your business. This is your chance to get real feedback from the people you want to be in front of.

After the pitch competition, join us for after-hours networking. Take time to meet other business owners and startups or mingle with that Venture Capital firm you’ve had your eye on.


Startup Summit
September 8th, 2022

In-person and Virtual event.
Must register here to attend. All BoomStartup community members get a 50% discount by first registering with us!


1:00-1:30 PM: Check-in, snacks, & video interviews from successful founders.

1:30-2:30 PM: Keynotes & Panel Discussion – What does an investable startup look like?

2:30-3:00 PM: Snack break & video interviews from successful founders.

3:00-4:30 PM: Pitch competition.

4:30-5:30 PM : Office Hours – look for an email one week before to sign up for your spot!

6:00-8:00 PM: Afterparty.