The Spring 2021 cohort will be announced soon. Stay tuned.



Updated: March. 11th, 2021 cohort will be announced soon.

2021 InNEVator now accepting applications!

2021 InNEVator application Banner with new date. All information in text below.

Updated: Dec. 21, 2020 for extended application deadline.

Are you a technology entrepreneur looking to take your startup to the next level? Applications for the 2021 InNEVator are now open – don’t wait, apply now! The 2021 InNEVator will run March 1 – April 16, 2021 as a hybrid in-person and remote program. Application deadline has been extended to Jan. 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Apply now to the 2021 InNEVator startup accelerator


More about InNEVator

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 Reno’s tech ecosystem by attracting and supporting high-growth technology startups to the region. Companies selected for InNEVator 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. Visit the InNEVator website to learn more.

Social event with multiple small groups of people chatting. Room is bright and lively. Back wall has coffee beans as a background graphic.

InNEVator networking event from our 2020 program.


Our ideal startup

For the Spring 2021 cohort, we are looking for early-stage 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. Our selection committee will be giving 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.

Two men working and adding post-its to large sheets mounted to the wall in a mapping activity. The sheets contain multi-color post-its throughout.

InNEVator canvassing workshop from our 2020 program.


Why InNEVator?

We work closely with carefully selected companies solving important problems and having the potential to scale. While most accelerators manage the masses, we take a more hands-on approach. We provide a team of experts and their undivided attention to founders and their teams, and we have the resources to accelerate success through our collaboration with industry leaders, the Innevation Center, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Group photo of the 2020 cohort in Downtown Reno.


Why Reno?

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.

Lake Tahoe photo. A serene lake alpine like with large boulders protruding, trees on a peninsula in the background, snowcapped mountains in the distance, and a blue sky with wispy white clouds.

Image of Lake Tahoe taken by the University of Nevada, Reno.

Kayak festival in downtown Reno. A panorama photo showing kayakers in the Truckee river, buildings in the background, and an audience watching the kayakers from the boardwalk running parallel to the river.

Kayak park from the 2013 Reno River Festival. Photo taken by the University of Nevada, Reno.