Accelerating Women-Led Early-Stage Tech Companies.
Program Dates: April 4th – May 4th, 2022.
Applications are now closed.
WHAT IS INNEVATOR?
Funded by the SBA and the Growth Accelerator Fund
InNEVator is a startup accelerator for early-stage technology companies hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center. For the Spring 2022 cohort, InNEVator will focus on women-led technology startups, in particular, companies that are looking to apply for federal SBIR/STTR grants to accelerate their technology development for commercialization . Funded by the Small Business Administration, selected companies will work directly with experts to establish technical feasibility and commercial potential of their R&D efforts, explore product concepts and go-to-market strategy, and learn other aspects of building a company. Program participants can leverage the resources of the University of Nevada, Reno, and the broader Nevada business community to advance their companies to the next level.
For the Spring 2022 cohort, we are looking for serious founders of women-owned technology companies based in Nevada or moving to Nevada who are ready to take their ideas to the next level.
Our five-week bootcamp is designed to bring you to market faster. Our top business leaders and experienced professionals are here to help you overcome the many challenges that happen early on in your startup journey.
Upon completion, we will help map your next steps and work with you to help you reach your goals.
For the Spring 2021 cohort, we are looking for tech founders building products and services to solve important problems facing key industries in Northern Nevada including advanced manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare, and information technology. The selection committee will give preferences to companies that address the economic, health, and safety risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Examples include technologies for telehealth, remote work, e-commerce, supply chain innovation, contact tracing, remote monitoring, and contactless technology.
Our five-week bootcamp is designed to bring you to market faster. Our top business leaders and experienced professionals are here to help you overcome the many challenges that happen early on in your startup journey. The program will be offered in-person and online. Each week offers specialized workshops, custom curriculum, and access to the local business community.
Mentorship: Small cohort size enables high-quality mentorship. Our team is here to help you overcome the many challenges early stage companies face.
Technology: Our experts in technology will help guide you in building or refining your product development process in a Lean Startup environment.
Markets: We will support you in conducting market analysis and exploring beachhead markets for your project.
Customer Engagement: First customers and market validation are essential. We’re here to connect you with potential customers for valuable pilot projects and market feedback.
Cost: There is no cost to participate in the program. A small amount of stipend may be available to help cover travel and incidental costs.
Technology companies are moving to or establishing operations in the Reno-Tahoe area, and it’s no accident. Built on a foundation for the growth of technology, some of the biggest names in technology such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Intuit, Switch, Panasonic and Tesla have already established operations in our region. We’re also seeing a flurry of startup activities from e-commerce, fintech, cybersecurity, IoT and blockchain, to manufacturing, devices, and health tech.
Reno also echoes the qualities desired by many young entrepreneurs and creatives – quality of life, affordable cost of living, a bursting art and food scene, and an abundance of outdoor activities having Lake Tahoe and several world-class ski resorts all within a one-hour drive.
Nevada has great assets to build a company – a compelling tax structure, affordable land and office space, business-friendly environment, workforce training incentives, and proximity to key innovation hubs in California.
Technology companies have been moving to or establishing operations in Nevada in recent years. Some of the biggest names in technology such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Switch, Panasonic and Tesla have already established operations in our region. We’re also seeing a flurry of startup activities from e-commerce, fintech, cybersecurity, IoT and blockchain, to manufacturing, renewable energy, environmental technologies, and medical devices.
The University of Nevada, Reno and its community partners are committed to growing and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in our state.
Applications now closed for the Spring 2022 InNEVator program.