History of UVEF
In 1989 there was no Facebook, Twitter, or Skype with which to build your company. In fact, the Internet was still seven years down the road. Orchards in north Orem were just giving way to lovely homes, which crept up the east bench to match the rising affluence of the area.
In this environment, the Utah Valley Entrepreneur Forum (UVEF) was born. Through interactions with the Mountain West Venture Group, Kyle Love and Ron King had concluded that there needed to be a similar organization in Utah Valley, with an emphasis on supporting technology companies. Love & King organized a volunteer board, which initially included several BYU Business Department Faculty members along with local business gurus Tom Sawyer and Karen Gudmundson. Their vision: to create a strong community of support for entrepreneurs in Utah Valley.
UVEF and its volunteers have mentored some of the top entrepreneurs in the state of Utah, recognizing their excellence and connecting them with influential business leaders, venture capitalists, banks, and legal assistance. “I have had the opportunity and privilege to rub shoulders with some of the leading entrepreneurs in the state,” Love ruminates, “and then as they have been successful, I have watched them give back as mentors and sponsors of our growing organization.”
We are so proud to be recognized by the UVEF as the Top company under 5 years last year. It has validated us as a company to our employees, customers, and partners which makes doing business that much easier.Rick Horsley