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.


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.