Back when many cities had just three TV stations and you had to walk to the TV to change channels, I looked forward to TV Guide’s Fall Preview of new and returning shows. With that in mind, here’s my annual NCET’s Fall Preview of programs and events designed to help Northern Nevada’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.
In 2013, the entrepreneurial landscape in Northern Nevada was a barren desert. Only recently removed from being rocked by the Great Recession, that year Reno-area startup companies brought in a small cluster of new jobs (50) while raising droplets of venture capital ($2 million), according to the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. Five years later, the horizon for both entrepreneurs and investors looks vastly more fruitful and green — in more ways than one.
Technology could be the most significant growth industry in Northern Nevada since the legalization of gaming in 1931. With that in mind, NCET and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) recently recognized those helping to turn the region into a tech hub.
What do external fixation devices, aerial imaging, robots, prisoner transport systems and over 4,000 hi-definition plasma displays have in common? They’re associated with products and services produced by companies that won the 2018 NCET Technology and EDAWN Entrepreneurial Support Awards.
We recently hosted the largest and most exciting technology conference in the history of Reno-Sparks: the VentureBeat Blueprint conference, an event that looked at ways to expand high tech across the country. In attendance were more than 300 tech executives and government leaders from more than 40 states, many that had never been here before!
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.