New This Year

For the first time, the 2020 Utah Economic Summit, in partnership with Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah, will include a Startup Pitch competition.The UES Startup Pitch is a speed pitch challenge where entrepreneurs pitch a panel of judges their best ideas. After a qualification round at Lassonde, three final contestants present their ideas at the Summit to a panel of experts, including Gov. Herbert, and UES audience members.

All Startup Pitch finalists receive a cash prize and two tickets to the Economic Summit. The people’s choice cash prize comes with bragging rights as the top new venture idea from Gov. Herbert’s 2020 Utah Economic Summit.

Startup Pitch 2020 Timeline

Application Opens: Thursday, Jan. 30

Application Deadline: Friday, May 1

Online Judging Starts: Saturday, May 2

Top 10 Announced: Friday, May 22

Top 10 Pitch Selection Event: Friday, May 29

Final Pitch Event: Thursday, June 18


1st Place = $10,000

2nd Place = $7,500

3rd Place = $5,000

People’s Choice = $5,000 (selected in real-time by UES audience members)


To participate in the Utah Economic Summit Startup Pitch, visit the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute website or Apply Now. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2020.