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Letter from the Chair April 2017

This month we reflect on why we don't have a sustainable eco-system for the entertainment industry in Utah - is it cultural?  Also, who does UDEN represent, can you help sponsor us plus a preview of this month's upcoming events.

 

 

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UDEN #13 - VR or Bust?

In order to generate economic growth and a sustainable digital entertainment sector, perhaps we should all focus on VR and become world-leading experts at it? That was the excellent panel discussion at UDEN #13.

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Letter from the Chair - March

This month's letter was so impassioned, it became the basis of our 'About' page!  The controversial post argues that if we want to ignite the fire of change, then we need to create the sparks by working together and becoming a community. It has worked in Montreal, New York, Austin and other creative hubs like ours.

 

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Letter from the Chair - February

We reflect on the achievements of the first month of the year including the gathering at Access Salt Lake. Plus a preview of this month's upcoming events.

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UDEN #12 - Sundance

UDEN's first meeting of 2017 was held during the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th.  We were graciously hosted by our terrific partners the Utah Film Commission at their event space in Park City, UT.  

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Letter from the Chair - January

In the first of a new monthly email letter, our Chair looks forward to the opportunities of the new year and the upcoming events for January.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email info@utahden.org.

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UCDA Digital Summit Recap

UDEN was a sponsor of the UCDA Digital Summit held at the superb Park City Film Studios; this is my recap of what happened there which I want to share with the wider community.  Overall I came away re-energized about the potential of this sector and truly impressed by the quality and talent of the people we have here in the state.

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Loans for Startups

Traditional banks want to be a part of your business’ growth strategy but a small part. They tend to be conservative in their lending practices.  It’s standard, for example, for banks to offer traditional commercial loans only to companies that have been in business for at least two years. Preferred SBA lenders, however, may assist startups at various stages.

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UDEN #11 - Financing a Creative Business

A panel discussion that addressed: 

  • Lessons learned from startup accelerators like Tech Stars and Boom Startup;
  • What VC’s are really looking for and their specific issues with funding digital entertainment innovations;
  • Tips and advice for tapping into a range of resources including angel investors, venture debt, venture capital and strategic partnerships;
  • How to present a compelling pitch;
  • Resources in Utah that can help.

Read the full blog here: http://www.guv1.com/jonblogs/uden11

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UDEN #Startup Meeting Recap

A business incubator was the ideal setting for this special UDEN meeting, which was held primarily to help the Salt Lake Disney/Avalanche employees whose studio will be closing next month.  While we know them to be highly talented individuals who will have options in what they do next, we thought that perhaps some of them might use this opportunity to start something of their own.  With that in mind, we want them to be as prepared as they can be. But our Disney friends weren't the only ones we had in mind: we opened the meeting to anyone interested in starting up on their own.  Around 110 people attended, and by show of hands, more than half said they were interested in starting up  or joining with others who wanted to startup.  5 people showed their hands when asked if only along for the food :-)

Read my full account of the meeting - including pix! -  here: http://www.guv1.com/jonblogs/2016/6/10/uden-startup-meeting

 

Please feel free to add your comments on the meeting in the comments below, as well as any details you found helpful that I may have missed in my summarizing.

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