VC  Upstart Ventures

     Office Locations:

417 Wakara Way, Suite 3510
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-505-0630



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device



    UpStart Ventures is a venture capital firm founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The firm starts up and invests primarily in early-stage healthcare companies with disruptive market-shifting technologies. The firm's 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. UpStart will invest in opportunities such as medical devices, drug delivery systems, and diagnostics, as well as longer range investments in biopharma products and platforms. Over the last 33 years, the team members have organized, financed, and operated over 30 healthcare and life science start-up companies.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Dennis Farrar Managing Director
    Stephanie L. Sorense Financial Controller
    Steve Borst Managing Director


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