Wasatch Innovation Network launch announcement

The Salt Lake Chamber will host a press conference to launch the newly formed Wasatch Innovation Network (WIN). The network will include the Utah tech industry, academia, venture capital, local governments and regional chambers in partnership with the Salt Lake Chamber.

The partnership will connect industry to capital, startup to incumbent, and academia to market, with the purpose of creating a team of teams to scale out Utah’s innovation ecosystem. The launch event will begin a process of bringing together leaders and institutions to drive innovation across silos to broaden economic appeal and commercialization.

Additionally, the members of this network will help craft a unified vision for our entrepreneurial ecosystem. There are new key developments happening in Utah around innovation occurring at the Point of the Mountain, Tech Lake City, and Falcon Hill Aerospace Research Park. The Wasatch Innovation Network will have a voice in these developments and support smart innovation policy. Utah can develop a first-in-the-nation innovation blueprint for other states to model.


  • Derek Miller, president and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber
  • Brandon Fugal, chairman, Colliers International
  • Paul Ahlstrom, CEO and co-Founder, TechBuzz.News
  • Jeron Paul, CEO & founder, Spiff
  • Kurt Workman, CEO co-founder, Owlet
  • Kelly McAleer, A.E., The Kenney Group, and fmr. president and CEO, BioUtah
  • Astrid Tuminez, president of Utah Valley University
  • Greg Manuel, vice president and general manager, Strategic Deterrent Systems Division, Northrop Grumman


The Wasatch Innovation Network is founded on the belief that business leaders are stewards and creators, not just beneficiaries, of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Wasatch Innovation Network will provide a channel for that ecosystem and work to turn vision into reality through collaborating on innovation across industries, planning and creating to accelerate job growth, talent recruitment and economic prosperity. This will benefit the Wasatch Front, State of Utah and Intermountain West in achieving transformative impact.  


The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents the broad interests of the state’s 63,000- plus employers, which employ more than 1.4 million Utahns. This includes thousands of Chamber members and their employees. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.