StartFEST, presented by American Express, is Utah’s original startup festival. StartFEST is an event focused on Utah’s startup ecosystem, filled with connection, celebration, and fun. StartFEST will include networking, StartMadness, awards, and company culture building in a summer bash style festival.
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Event Info

June 24, 2022

11 AM - 2 PM

- 11:00 AM StartFEST Begins

- 11:45 PM Lunch

- 1:30 PM Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks

Thanksgiving Park Pavilion

Who: Entrepreneurs, founders, startups, and young professionals

Pitch competition, networking, awards, entertainment, food


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Event Details
StartMadness is a pitch competition designed to give your startup exposure to the public, investors, press,and entrepreneur-friendly capital. Applications close May 22.
The top 10 finalists will be announced in the beginning of June. StartMadness finalists will pitch their startups to a group of investors at Silicon Slopes headquarters on the morning of StartFEST.
#RepUtah Competition
StartFEST is all about community. To join us in celebrating you and your team, come ready to rep your company, coordinate with your team members, and show off your best team swag. Awards will be given to the company with the best team swag. Only rule for any swag you create: include your company name and/or logo with the option of including the hashtag #RepUtah.
Slopes Serves + Hyperquake Creative Sprint
Our Slopes Serves initiative, in partnership with Hyperquake, is proud to introduce an innovative program to serve Utah’s entrepreneurs: Slopes Serves + Hyperquake Creative Sprint. Between April 19-May 22, 2022, we are welcoming early-stage, Utah-based startups to apply to receive professional creative services and support in crafting their brand’s strategy, story, and execution.
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About StartMadness
StartMadness is a pitch competition designed to give your startup exposure to the public, investors, press, and entrepreneur-friendly capital. The following funds will each operate in a judging capacity for the top ten finalists during the pitch competition:
Assure Syndicates
Each fund will also be actively looking to invest in one or more of the finalists. Terms and conditions of funding will be negotiated between each company and fund(s).
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Registration & Agenda
What are the dates and times of StartFEST?
StartFEST is on June 24, 2022 from 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Where is StartFEST held?
StartFEST will be held at Thanksgiving Park Pavilion. This can be found behind the Silicon Slopes HQ building (2600 W Executive Pkwy, Lehi, UT, 84043).
What is StartFEST?
StartFEST is a networking event filled with education, entertainment, and collaboration for entrepreneurs and business professionals. This event is focused on Utah’s startup ecosystem.
Will StartFEST include lunch?
We are arranging to have various food trucks located at the event where attendees can purchase a lunch of their choice.
What is StartMadness? Is that the same event as StartFEST?
StartMadness is a pitch competition that is a portion of StartFEST. The top 10 StartMadness contestants will pitch their business ideas to a group of investors at Silicon Slopes headquarters, and the winners will be announced at the end of StartFEST.
How much does StartFEST cost?
StartFEST is free, but every attendee must register prior to the event on startfestival.siliconslopes.com
How do I contact your registration support team?
If you have questions about StartFEST, please reach out to our team: helpdesk@siliconslopes.com
Sponsors & Partners
How do I become a sponsor of StartFEST 2022?
For information on how to become a sponsor, please contact our sponsorship team: sponsorships@siliconslopes.com
How do I become a partner of Silicon Slopes?
For information on how to become a partner of StartFEST or Silicon Slopes, please contact our sponsorship team: sponsorships@siliconslopes.com
What is StartMadness?
StartMadness is a startup competition that is part of StartFEST – Utah’s original startup festival. The competition is open solely to companies in Utah. If you live outside of Utah, stay tuned.
How will the competition be structured?
Any startup and their team can apply for StartMadness up until the deadline on May 22. Once this deadline passes, we will notify all applicants in the beginning of June of the final 10 teams that will be moving on to the final round. The final round of the pitch competition will take place at Silicon Slopes headquarters during StartFEST on June 24.
Is it free to apply for StartMadness?
There is no application fee for StartMadness.
How do I apply for StartMadness?
Apply by visiting siliconslopes.com before the deadline of May 22.
Where can I ask additional questions?
Please send any further questions to our team: helpdesk@siliconslopes.com
Top 10 Competition
What will my team be required to submit?
In order to be considered for StartMadness, you will need to complete the application process on siliconslopes.com. The application will include questions about company statistics, financials, and pitch information.
How long will my team have to pitch our startup?
If your team is one of the top 10 teams selected to pitch at StartMadness, you will have 4 minutes to pitch followed by a 4 minute questions and answer session with the panel of judges. You will have the opportunity to present a slide deck as part of your pitch.