InNEVator 2017 ‘bootcamp’ will accelerate development of young companies

Funding and interaction with experts are emphasized in fall 2017 program for IoT startups hosted by The Innevation Center University of Nevada, Reno – opportunities to apply or sponsor are available

RENO, Nev.Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — InNEVator 2017, a bootcamp for startups in the Internet of Things space, will give several young companies a unique opportunity to accelerate development of their concept and business this fall. Hosted through The Innevation Center University of Nevada, Reno, the six-week, intensive InNEVator 2017 starts Oct. 2.

Six-week InNEVator IoT bootcamp happens in Reno Oct. 2 through Nov. 9. (PRNewsfoto/University of Nevada, Reno)

Participating startups will receive funding and have the opportunity to closely interact with the program’s sponsors, investors and mentors who are successful industry veterans. InNEVator 2017 is designed to accelerate development of prototyping, creative thinking, commercialization, seed-funding, planning and operations, customer engagement and other aspects of business. The deadline to apply for participation is Aug. 28.

“The overall goal is to create more viable, fundable startups, as we also spur creativity, ideation and economic opportunity,” Jim Sacherman, director of The Innevation Center and a successful serial entrepreneur, said.

Breadware and WaterShed Growth Ventures have joined The Innevation Center as hosts of InNEVator 2017.

Breadware is a unique hardware and software service that helps entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to develop products in the IoT space. Based in The Innevation Center, Breadware moved its headquarters and operations to Reno in March 2017.

“Our Breadware toolset provides a powerful and accessible solution to IoT development, reducing the time and money burdens of the development process,” Danny deLaveaga, COO of Breadware, said.

WaterShed Growth Ventures is a specialized investor and consultancy organization focused on effectively managing, funding and building early-stage companies in northern Nevada. It was co-founded by Sacherman, who continues as a managing member, along with Dan Eckert and Scott Levy.

The Innevation Center is at the heart of Reno’s emerging high-energy, entrepreneurial scene. It offers a collaborative environment where university students, faculty members and researchers engage with entrepreneurs, investors, commercialization experts and community leaders.

For more information about InNEVator 2017 sponsorship or to apply to participate, visit or contact Rosanne Catron at 775-682-8612 or For more information about The Innevation Center visit

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