2017 Winners

Below are the winners of the Utah Innovation Awards 2017. Each winner section will include a description. For more information, please visit the respective website.

The ProSlab 155 automated turf harvester leverages sophisticated controls to enable a hybrid of electric and hydraulic systems. It robotically cuts and stacks turfgrass with improved quality and less fuel. With GPS guidance and connectivity, it is literally on the cutting edge of agriculture.


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Recursion Pharmaceuticals has combined the best elements of automated biology and artificial intelligence to create a computationally intelligent drug discovery platform that is capable of finding new drugs and new ways to use old drugs, while simultaneously working on many diseases in parallel.


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Vutiliti gathers and provides real-time information on utility usage (electric, gas, water, renewables) so that consumers, businesses, and governments can monitor and budget utility usage. Vutiliti’s mobile and web programs guide consumers to actual consumption reduction, saving them money while reducing usage of water, gas, and electricity generation.


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Kiband, developed by KiLife Tech, is different. We currently hold 2 patents pending and 1 provisional application for mobile proximity, mesh networking, and child safety. Kiband begins with BLE, then adds accelerometer data, machine learning, and multi-path fading technology to improve the resolution of radio proximity measurements by 12X. Allowing parents of small children to adjust mobile boundaries that alert both parent and child within about 4 feet of accuracy.


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SNO-GO merges skiing with downhill mountain biking. The familiar motions of mountain-bike riding are paired with snow skis designed for all types of snow conditions, creating an experience for riders of any skill level. A committee of approximately 80 professionals from private industry, government and higher education evaluated and voted on program finalists and winners. The more than 100+ nominations were put through a rigorous evaluation process during which committee members… Read more »


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The Xenoscope is the first single-use disposable laparoscope that will be offered in a sterile condition. Each year, more than 7 million patients throughout the world undergo laparoscopic procedures, more than two million women undergo diagnostic hysteroscopies and more than a million patients undergo video assisted thoracoscopic procedures in the US alone. The benefits of such direct visualization laparoscopic techniques are well documented and include convenience, accuracy, and patient acceptability.


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Lucidchart is the web’s leading diagramming and flowchart application. This intuitive, cloud-based solution is redefining the way people drive innovation through visual thinking and real-time collaboration. Lucidchart is utilized in over 175 countries by more than 10 million users.


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Taxzilla starts by gathering some basic information about you and how you earn your living.  From there, we match you to CPA’s in your area who specialize in your line of work.  Once you are matched, your CPA and Tax Team help you create goals and plans to make sure you can keep as much money as possible in your pocket.  Taxzilla provides tools like receipt keeping, coaching and training… Read more »


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