Entrepreneurial – Executive Update | Feb. 2017

Entrepreneurial – Executive Update | Feb. 2017

Entrepreneurial Update

Ozmen Ventures Launches $5 Million Fund to Spark Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystem!

Ozmen Ventures has announced its launch as one of the first early-stage investment funds in northern Nevada. Founded by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, owners of Sparks-based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a global aerospace and defense company, the fund aims to invest in young and dynamic local startups and cultivate the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ozmen Ventures is a seed and early-stage venture capital fund headquartered in Reno. The fund has already made an investment in ClickBio, an innovator in the laboratory consumables industry. Read more here.
 

The EDAWN, NCET, & RGJ awards ceremony is right around the corner – Thursday, March 30th.

The EDAWN Awards recognize the resources that have played an integral part in contributing to the growth of our community, the NCET Awards celebrate Northern Nevada’s technology community, and the RGJ Awards recognize outstanding small, medium, large and new companies.This celebration gives you an opportunity to recognize one of your exceptional front-line employees, contractors or team members.  All nominations are due Monday, February 27, 2017 at midnight – you can make a nomination here. Tickets and tables for the Awards Dinner are available here.

 

Adams Hub Pre-accelerator is currently accepting applications!

Are you working on a promising, scalable startup? If so, you could be a candidate for Adams Hub Pre-Accelerator. This exciting and challenging program is designed for high-growth-potential startups who are committed to launching a significant new effort. Click here to apply or email miya@adamshub.com to learn more.

UNR Business: 4 alternative ways to finance your startup. 

“Every startup business incurs costs, and sometimes these costs make it almost impossible for a business to get off the ground”. Read more from the RGJ about nontraditional funding options for financing your startup.

Local startup, Flirtey has raised $16 million in funding! 

This is a great example of Reno’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fun fact: Flirtey was the first FAA-approved drone delivery system to deliver to a home in the U.S. Check out this article from Techcrunch.com to learn more about Flirtey’s successful capital raise!

Welcome EDAWN’s social media and communications intern, Elise Leben!

We are excited to welcome Elise to the entrepreneurial development team to assist with our social media channels and marketing efforts. Elise is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying journalism, with an emphasis in public relations, and graduates this Spring! In her spare time she enjoys hiking and skiing in Tahoe.

Startup Company of the Month

Clickbio® is an innovative labware that helps scientific researchers bring discoveries to light.

Clickbio, founded in 2014 by Craig Vincze, Ph.D. and physicist Mykle Gaynor, designs, manufactures, and markets high-performance microplates, lab plasticware, and lab consumables for robotic fluid measuring and handling systems. Or… for a simple breakdown, you can view this quick video as well. To date, they have designed solutions in partnership with Merck, Genentech, Novartis, USDA, UCSF, and Stanford University, among others. Visit their website to learn more!

Entrepreneurial Events 

4th Annual Journalism School Hackathon

February 24th-26th, 2017
University of Nevada, Reno
Can journalism and communications schools help shape the next generation of media entrepreneurs? Many schools have created special “labs” and innovation centers and are running courses aimed at building startups – and a startup mentality. But how can they share knowledge, improve skills and have fun doing it? We’re convening a group of top students (graduates and undergraduates), faculty and professionals for the weekend Hackathon, with a real-world mission of creating startups around bots and chatbots. Students will have a chance to collaborate on diverse teams of students with faculty and pro facilitators.

NCET Intro to Startup Funding

Wednesday March 8th, 2017

Atlantis Casino & Resort Spa – 3800 S Virginia St, Reno, NV

NCET will be hosting a lunch with information to startup funding. This special panel of experts will cover the why, what, when and how of startup financing. You’ll hear from industry experts and startup investors who’ll share insights on how to build and fund a successful business.

Pitch Presentations

Saturday March 11th, 2017 from 2:00p.m-5:00p.m
University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center – 450 Sinclair St, Reno, NV 89501
Congratulations to the Sontag Finalists! Ebravium, Salty Snal Studios LLC, New Paths, Blue Radiate, EatRank.io.

RENOvation: One Vision, One Block at a Time

Tuesday March 14th, 2017 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m.
Cathexes event space – 250 Bell Street, Reno, NV

1 Million Cups 4 Year Anniversary Party

Thursday March 16th, 2017
University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center – 450 Sinclair St, Reno, NV 89501
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Join them in celebrating 4 years in The Biggest Little City! Check out the event on Facebook.
 

EDAWN, NCET & RGJ Entrepreneurial & Tech Awards

Thursday March 30th, 2017 from 5:00p.m-8:30p.m
Atlantis Casino & Resort Spa – 3800 S Virginia St, Reno, NV
The EDAWN Awards recognize the resources that have played an integral part in contributing to the growth of our community, the NCET Awards celebrate Northern Nevada’s technology community, and the RGJ Awards recognize outstanding small, medium, large and new companies.

There are several entrepreneurial events happening throughout the region! For a full calendar list, and to list your event, check-out Reno Startup Digest.

1 Million Cups – Every Wednesday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at Swill Coffee and Wine. We are always looking for startups and ventures to present, view past presentations to get an idea of the format, and contact the 1MC team to sign-up!

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