The Office of Enterprise & Innovation (E&I) for the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute is seeks interns to be involved in business evaluation of university technologies. These positions are currently open for any graduate or final year undergraduate students from the College of Business and Reynolds School of Journalism. There is no requirement to have a technical background, however, each intern should be comfortable with understanding technical topics in science and technology. Most of all, each intern should have a real interest in science and technology.
Student Competitions & Opportunities
There are many opportunities for students of the University to develop business models and plans and compete for funding and recognition.
E&I is now making University technologies available to students entering Nevada business plan competitions on terms that are normally reserved for inventors and research faculty. The terms of the license agreement are incredibly favorable for startup companies. Contact E&I for more information.
Business Plan Competitions
- The University's Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition
- Nevada's Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup
- International Business Model Competition
- Licensing Executives Society Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition
- Association of University Technology Manager's Venture Forum Business Plan Competition
- Battle Born Venture—Nevada's State Venture Capital Program
Other Entrepreneurial Competitions & Opportunities
VentureWell’s E-Team Program provides early-stage support and funding for student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions. In addition to funding, the program includes training, venture coaching and access to potential investment opportunities—all with the goal of moving innovations to market. Teams are selected through a competitive process for their promising technology, commercial potential, positive social impact, and strong commitment.
VentureWell organizes two annual biomedical engineering competitions for university students. The objectives of these competitions are to identify and recognize innovative, commercially promising medical devices and technologies developed by entrepreneurial student teams.
VentureWell’s University Innovation Fellows work to create networks and events that
- inspire university entrepreneurs,
- encourage them to become involved in VentureWell programs and activities, and
- support them to create inventions and innovations that have a social benefit.
We believe that to be most effective at catalyzing innovation and entrepreneurship among students on university campuses, we need to work with the people on the ground.
If you are an undergraduate student running your own business the EO GSEA is a great opportunity to boost your company further by winning a national competition.
The Hult Prize is an international student competition to find innovative solutions for the world’s toughest challenges. Student teams compete for $1 million in seed capital and mentorship from the international business community.
Entrepreneurial Resources for Students
Useful tools to help you develop your business idea.
- Read an overview of the University’s IP ownership policy.
- How to Build a Startup—Course
- Growing entrepreneurial ideas—Educational tools
- The Lean Startup
Consulting, Mentoring & Advice
There are various organizations available for Nevada students to use for consulting, entrepreneurial advice, and resources.
- Entrepreneurship Nevada
- Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Nevada Small Business Development Center
- Center for Entrepreneurship-UNLV
If you’re looking for funding outside of competitions there are options such as venture capitalist funding and government grants.