Utah Angels 2 – Investing in Utah’s Growth

CEO of Precision Concrete Cutting Aaron Ollivier spearheaded his company’s venture into franchising, and has since seen over 40 franchises open across the US and Canada. Remaining committed to helping other promising young businesses, Aaron Ollivier founded the venture capital group Utah Angels 2 in 2013.

Utah Angels 2, or UA2, is named after the original venture capital group the Utah Angels, which supported numerous rising businesses in Utah by investing capital and sharing management and business expertise. The original group recently disbanded, only to be revived under new leadership as UA2, a consortium of entrepreneurs and high-tech executives seeking to invest their resources – both money and time – in new Utah businesses.

Some of UA2’s recent projects include Alpenglow Expeditions, which provides guides for mountaineering, climbing, trekking, and skiing expeditions worldwide, and Ecoscraps, which repurposes food waste into beneficial agricultural products.

Entrepreneurs who are interested in benefiting from UA2’s funding and expertise start the process by completing a simple online questionnaire that provides a broad overview of their business. They are also invited to reach out to UA2 online by visiting the company’s website, ua2.co.


Are You Ready for Earth Day? Get Started with Your Own Backyard Garden

An active businessman and philanthropist, Aaron Ollivier has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and management. To help other entrepreneurs, Aaron Ollivier founded the start-up incubator UA2, which lent financial and operational support to EcoScraps.

Since 2010, EcoScraps has produced organic compost out of food waste, and as of Earth Day 2013, it succeeded in diverting more than 30 million pounds of food from landfills. Growing your own produce is an excellent way to ensure that even less food goes to waste, but of course, a garden doesn’t grow overnight. With Earth Day quickly approaching on April 22, 2015, now is the perfect time to get started on your small garden in time for a springtime harvest.

Gardening Efficiently
Gardening in small spaces is a challenge, but raised bed gardening or vertical gardening is a convenient way to get the most out of your real estate. Ideally, the plot will be in a location where there are at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight, though plenty of leafy plants such as lettuce fare fine in the shade.

Choosing Plants
Keep the weather in mind when choosing seeds. Generally, hardy or semi-hardy plants such as kale, broccoli, carrots, or lettuce can tolerate frost well. More tender plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash are more suited to warm weather. For a complete list of seasonal vegetables, visit http://www.cuesa.org/eat-seasonally/.

Keeping Plants Healthy
One of the most common mistakes that novice gardeners make is failing to rotate their crops. Even the best compost will lose its nutrients if the same plants are grown year-round, and in the special case of organic compost, it is important to rotate the soil in order to keep it rich in beneficial bacteria.

Mount Everest, the Tallest Mountain in the World

Aaron Ollivier, a Utah-based businessman, founded UA2, a company that invests in start-up businesses in the state. He also serves as CEO and president of Precision Concrete Cutting. In addition to his career, Aaron Ollivier keeps active with a number of hobbies and interests, including mountain climbing. He has climbed mountains on each of the seven continents, including in the Himalayas, home to the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest.

Mount Everest is located in the Himalayas’ Mahalangur Himal section, straddling the border of Nepal and Tibet. At a height of 29,028 feet, the mountain is as tall as nearly 20 Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other. Tibetans and Sherpas know the mountain as Chomolungma, meaning “Mother Goddess of the Earth;” its English name was given in honor of British surveyor Sir George Everest. The first two explorers to climb to the summit of the mountain were Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, and although nearly 4,000 people have attempted to climb Everest, only 660 have succeeded. 142 people have died in the attempt.

The Mount Kilimanjaro Experience

Aaron Ollivier owns and operates a number of companies, including Precision Concrete Cutting and the investment firm UA2. Outside of his business commitments, Aaron Ollivier enjoys outdoor activities and has climbed sizable mountains like Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro National Park. Rising 19,336 feet above sea level, it is not only the tallest mountain in Africa but also the highest freestanding mountain in the world. There are six common routes to Kilimanjaro’s summit and other more complex treks, as well as leisurely nature trails situated lower on the mountain.

When exploring Mount Kilimanjaro, visitors experience a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from lush forest to alpine dessert, and those who reach the summit encounter a winter environment of snow and ice. Conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro are the warmest and clearest from December to February, but visitors can also find drier and cooler conditions from July to September.

Three Tips to Prepare Your Mind and Body for High-Altitude Climbing

Aaron Ollivier is the founder of Utah Angels II (UA2), an investment firm in Utah that funds start-up companies. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Aaron Ollivier enjoys exploring the outdoors and has climbed some of the world’s tallest mountains.

Also called mountaineering and alpinism, mountain climbing is a demanding, though rewarding sport that has challenged explorers for centuries. Whether you’re planning your first high-altitude excursion or a trek through the Himalayas, here are a few basic climbing tips:

Train with all your gear

Carry 10-15 pounds of extra weight in you pack as you train, so that when you join your team you can manage your assigned load with greater ease. Additionally, you should dedicate sufficient time to familiarizing with ropes, harnesses, and other equipment long before the climb.

Adjust your frame of mind

Prepare your mind by accepting that every climb is difficult, and that physical preparation doesn’t necessarily prevent discouragement and mental fatigue. In addition, strive to find humor wherever possible, especially in adverse conditions.

Use all of your assets

Recognize your weaknesses in ascending and descending, and utilize your strengths to even out your pace. Some climbers adopt identities, such as a mule, to help visualize their power and to push through tough passages.