In 2011, Nevada, like many states, was getting hit hard by the unrelenting jabs of the Great Recession. The Silver State saw 175,000 of its jobs knocked out, had a wobbly unemployment rate of 14 percent and was tagged with an $800 million bill it owed the federal government in unemployment claims. Six years later, Nevada has rallied back and then some.
The NCET Technology Awards celebrate the Northern Nevada individuals and companies who have greatly enhanced the growth and prestige of technology community, while the EDAWN Awards recognize the people and resources that have played an integral part in contributing to the growth of our community.
The Reno Mini Maker Faire is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 8, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Idlewild Park. The event is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. People of all ages and backgrounds will come together to show what they are making and share what they have learned along the way. The Faire is a celebration of what makes Northern Nevada unique.
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.