UNR: No shortage of business competitions in the region

River Jangda recently took 3rd place – and $10,000 – in the recent NCET Governor’s Cup with his plan for ElectroVenures.  River is a marketing intern at the Nevada Small Business Development Center, and is studying management and marketing at the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business. River

Over the past year, Reno has embraced the entrepreneurial spirit that is currently sweeping across the U.S. Business plan and business startup competitions are all the rage in Northern Nevada, giving entrepreneurs many options for startup capital.

The area’s veteran competition, the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition offered by Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and the University of Nevada, Reno’s Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition, are designed to showcase entrepreneurial efforts involving students.

The university’s own Entrepreneurship Club has announced another competition called Pack Pitch. Pack Pitch will let students pitch an idea without having to worry about writing a business plan for the chance to win $850 in cash prizes.

Last fall, the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization introduced Project Vesto, a unique winner-take-all competition focused primarily on a five-minute pitch rather than a business plan. Unlike the Sontag and Governor’s Cup competitions that strictly are collegiate, Vesto was open to anyone in Nevada.

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