Inaugural VentureBeat BLUEPRINT conference held in Reno

How to close the “opportunity gap” for inland entrepreneurial markets was discussed at the inaugural VentureBeat BLUEPRINT conference held in Reno in early March, a key influencer told the April meeting of Entrepreneurship Nevada. Doug Erwin, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Development for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, said coastal locations like Seattle and the Silicon Valley leave opportunity gaps for the rest of the country. The three-day meeting focused…

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Slack, the red-hot startup worth $2.8 billion, just launched its own VC fund and app store

Posted by Jay Johnson.  It should be a fine azure day when we have startups who have the funding and capability to fund other startups. At that juncture we will join the ranks of Boulder, Salt Lake City, and Portland.    From an article by Eugene Kim, Business Insider “Enterprise”   In less than two years, Slack turned itself into a massively popular business-messaging app worth $2.8 billion. Now, Slack…

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Where To Get Funded in 2016 That Isn’t Silicon Valley

Posted by Jay Johnson.   Reno is not on the list yet.  However, it is nice to see the broader network of startup communities cultivating local financing. The author of this article in Mattermark, Jason D. Rowley, is a freelance journalist, entrepreneur, and proud Chicago resident. Entrepreneurs and investors both know that, for better and worse, the San Francisco Bay Area is the top dog in basically everyone’s rankings of startup hubs….

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Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition Finalists

This is the fourth year for the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition at the University of Nevada, Reno. The competition is designed to encourage students to turn ideas into actual businesses. Each year, after several months of workshops and talks from experts in all sorts of areas of business, the finalists are announced. These finalists compete for the $50,000 grand prize to start their business. For the 2014/2015 competition, there were over…

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Reno Accelerator Fund

Reno is once again on the cutting edge for entrepreneurship. The city has approved development funds to be used for several startups that are located in the city of Reno. These funds have been sitting for the last several years waiting to be used and now the city council has approved their use for this exciting stimulus for local entrepreneurs! It’s up to $20,000 per company and has been described…

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2014 Governor’s Cup Intent Due

The 2014 Governor’s Cup is accepting intents to compete until Friday, February 21, 2014. The Governor’s Cup was previously ran by the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology but this year is organized by a consortium of higher education institutions in Nevada (Sierra Nevada College, Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno). The prize money is generously given by the Donald W. Reynolds…

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