USTAR Names Second Round of Awardees for TAP Program

USTAR Logo 2015The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative has awarded 26 early stage companies grants in the second round of its Technology Acceleration Program.

Awardees span the state’s targeted technology sectors from energy and clean tech to life sciences, automation and robotics, and big data. USTAR anticipates awarding a total of $4.5 million in fiscal year 2017.

TAP is USTAR’s competitive grant program stimulates technology development for early stage companies. Available only to Utah companies, this program addresses a critical gap in the innovation ecosystem in Utah that assists technology entrepreneurs in growing their ideas into revenue producing companies.

“USTAR received more than 155 applications,” said Ivy Estabrooke, executive director of USTAR. “Applications for this round of TAP were very competitive, and we are pleased with the quality of proposals we received.”

As a technology economic development engine for Utah, USTAR’s goal is to accelerate the growth of the technology economy throughout the development pipeline, from invention through product development.

Awardees for this round include:

Applied Biosensors, Salt Lake City; Base2 Genomics, Salt Lake City; Blyncsy, Salt Lake City; Eastwind Networks, Salt Lake City; Brenkman and Company, Logan; Granite Mountain Technology, Salt Lake City; H20 Tech, Spanish Fork; i-CalQ, Salt Lake City; Isogeometrx, Mapleton; iVeena, Salt Lake City; KiLife, Orem; Leonhardt’s Launchpads, Salt Lake City; Navigen, Salt Lake City; NovaBio, Draper; nView Medical, Salt Lake City; Optisys, West Jordan; PlusOne Technologies, Sandy; RodMax Oil and Gas Inc., Cedar Hills; Sharp Eyes, Salt Lake City; StreamDX, Salt Lake City; T3S, Salt Lake City; TherapEase Innovations, Mapleton; Turner Innovations, Salt Lake City; Verde, Springville; Vivcor Systems Inc., Lehi; and XEnd Medical Systems; Salt Lake City.

USTAR anticipates another call for TAP proposals in February 2017. For more information and forthcoming details, visit program/.