Reno InNEVator 2021-01-14T00:24:54+00:00


Investing in Early-Stage Tech Companies.

Applications now closed for the Spring 2021 InNEVator program. Join our mailing list for updates on future programs.

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InNEVator is a fully funded startup accelerator for early-stage technology companies hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center. Our goal is to accelerate the growth of tech startups and support the Reno startup ecosystem. Companies selected for InNEVator will work directly with experts to accelerate product development, go-to-market strategy, customer engagement, and other aspects of business. Mentorship and introductions to investors are core elements of the bootcamp.

The program will culminate in a “Demo Day” pitch event, where each company will pitch to an audience of investors and the Reno startup community.


For the Spring 2021 cohort, we are looking for serious founders and their companies in the technology space that are ready to take their ideas to the next level.


Our seven-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 see 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.

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.

Financing: We provide funding for startups accepted into InNEVator, and during the program, we help you prepare for your next round of financing and provide introductions to seed and angel investors.

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.

Applications now closed for the Spring 2021 InNEVator program. Join our mailing list for updates on future programs.

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