Utah: The Startup State

The Startup State initiative celebrates, inspires, and empowers Utah entrepreneurs and those who support them. It includes a statewide entrepreneurship brand and business resource portal, launching in early 2024. This collaborative initiative encourages entrepreneurs to start in Utah and supports them throughout the lifecycle of their businesses.

Startup Ecosystem

In January 2023, WalletHub named Utah the No. 1 best state to start a business. Utah is the startup state.

Utah provides fertile soil for modern innovators and entrepreneurs. As the country’s fastest-growing state, with a well-educated workforce and thriving economy, Utah’s mountains, valleys, deserts, and plateaus provide the perfect environment to nourish and champion the startup and entrepreneurial spirit.

The state’s growth, unparalleled quality of life, government support for small businesses, and access to startup networks and capital attract doers and innovative thinkers to Utah’s communities.


From one-on-one consulting to incubators and funding opportunities, resources and partners help entrepreneurs succeed in today’s competitive business environment. Here are a few partners supporting small businesses in Utah’s vibrant ecosystem. View the complete list here.
  • The Utah Small Business Administration office

    The Utah Small Business Administration office provides help with SBA services, including funding programs, counseling, federal contracting certifications, and disaster recovery. LEARN MORE

  • Utah’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    Utah’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers training from startup to succession planning and everything in between. Reach out to them for a free consultation with a business expert. LEARN MORE

  • Women's Business Center Utah

    WBCUtah serves Utah women business owners statewide from its Salt Lake City and Cedar City offices. LEARN MORE

  • Utah Tech Week

    Utah Tech Week offers an array of experiences and events hosted by startups, venture capital firms, community organizations, and anyone who supports the startup community. LEARN MORE

  • The Point Utah

    Recognized as one of the most important economic opportunities in state history, The Point utilizes 600 acres of state-owned land as the future home of Utah’s Innovation Community. The new community will foster innovation and technological advancement, provide parks and open spaces, support economic growth, and enhance Utahns’ quality of life. LEARN MORE

  • Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI)

    The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) brings together public, private, community, industry, and education partners to ensure the growth and sustainability of Utah’s advanced material and manufacturing industry. LEARN MORE

Success Stories

Utah is home to over 300,000 small businesses. These businesses span a wide range of industries, locations, and sizes. From aerospace companies to tech startups to starting a restaurant, Utah is the place to start your small business.

The Startup Capital of the World

Known for its stunning mountains and iconic red rock, Utah also boasts one of the top economies in the world. Utah' is a national leader in job growth, unemployment, and low cost of doing business, securing accolades as the nation’s best economy in 2023 and No. 1 in Best Economic Outlook for the 16th consecutive year.

Utah has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the country. It has a highly diverse economy, with solid sectors in advanced manufacturing, aerospace & defense, financial services, life sciences & healthcare, and software & IT. It’s also globally oriented and economically competitive, with a young, educated workforce, over 120 languages spoken in daily business, and a high quality of life.

Utah is the startup state.

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