What do power strips, toilet stalls, popcorn, sausage, earthquakes and timing belts have in common? They’re associated with products and services produced by companies that won the 2017 NCET Technology and Reno Gazette-Journal Business of the Year Awards. One of the many things I love about working at NCET is getting to meet the incredible people and companies who drive our vibrant and diverse business and technology community. One of the ways I discover them is through the annual NCET Technology and RGJ Business Awards.
RENO Magazine sat down with co-founders from a trio of Reno tech firms. Two of the businesses are transplants, one is homegrown, and all started within the last three years. The co-founders, entrepreneurs each younger than 35, are helping to transform the perception of Reno and the city’s economic future.
You are invited to participate in the Biggest Little Startup Fair – Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 5-7:30pm at the Aces baseball stadium! The Biggest Little Startup Fair is largely run by volunteers looking to foster a thriving startup community and to raise awareness about startup jobs in Northern Nevada; bringing together local startups; students & faculty from Truckee Meadows Community College & the Career Studio at the University of Nevada, Reno; and other stakeholders from the Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe area.
A survey of the fastest-growing startup companies in Northern Nevada found that roughly half are run by women founders. This is far above the national average, according to the Kauffman Foundation Startup Activity Index that states that only 36.8 percent of new entrepreneurs are female. These local companies are very diverse, ranging from management software, to custom apparel, to biochemicals and consumer products. The Summit Venture Mentoring Service, a program managed by EDAWN’s Entrepreneurial Team, takes in early-stage startups and organizes a team of mentors around them to guide them towards success. Of the 23 startups supported by the program in the past year, 12 of them were solo female founders or had a female co-founder.
We are headed into a time in Northern Nevada where workforce readiness is a real concern. Without proper preparation, it will become a crisis for some—especially small businesses. Northern Nevada community leaders are paying attention to the need to ready our workforce for current and projected growth. Keep in mind that EDAWN is predicting 50,000 new jobs by 2020 through its efforts to economically develop our region.
The 2016 NCET / RGJ Awards Dinner once again provided an evening of inspiration and information as dozens of Northern Nevada’s technology and business leaders shared insights about their companies, their activities — and themselves. Check out the winner’s acceptance speeches, and lots of photos of the winners and attendees.
Starting a company is risky business and many successful entrepreneurs experience failure at some point in their career. To address this topic, NCET held a panel discussion luncheon titled Failure: Success in Progress Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Atlantis Resort Casino Spa. The event provided a platform for local entrepreneurs to talk about business failures and what they learned from those experiences.