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Introduction to UpStart Ventures

UpStart Ventures, a venture capital firm founded in 2009, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. We start-up and invest primarily in early-stage healthcare companies with disruptive market-shifting technologies. Our investment strategy represents a unique combination of idea generation, science discovery, seed stage investing, venture judgment and company management.

Investing in seed and early-stage healthcare

Our first fund, UpStart Life Sciences Capital, L.P. invests primarily in seed and early-stage healthcare companies, based on breakthrough technologies from major research universities, centered around Utah and neighboring states.

Central to our strategy is the belief that significantly more value can be created from the actual formation and initial management of leading edge life science companies than from traditional venture capital investing in pre-existing companies, whether at early or later stages.

We invest in opportunities such as medical devices, drug delivery systems, and diagnostics, as well as longer range investments in biopharma products and platforms.

Strong team track record

UpStart’s principals, Steve Borst, Dennis Farrar and Ted Stanley are uniquely qualified serial entrepreneurs, with a wealth of experience in start-up management. With backgrounds in venture capital, business formation and management, corporate law, scientific research and clinical practice and more than 70 years of combined experience in the formation, funding and management of early stage life science companies, our team has co-founded more than 20 healthcare start-ups since 1985, including Anesta, Myriad Genetics, Sonic Innovations, Acacia Biosciences and ZARS.

We believe that our company start-up and operating expertise has afforded us an unusually keen capability to identify enabling technology with high commercial potential for meeting major market needs and to build successful companies serving those needs.

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  What we look for

We look for highly motivated scientific co-founders who are ambitious, have integrity, understand the huge personal commitment required to translate science into business and who are willing to dedicate themselves to the task of building a commercial enterprise.

UpStart LPs are a family of investors interested in seeing the next generation of medical science appear in the hands of healthcare providers everywhere.  At UpStart we believe in playing a small part in changing the world for the better and taking our investors along with us. 

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