Sontag Resources

All University students are welcome to use any and all of the resources highlight below even if they do not intend to compete in the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition.

Courses and local events

  • Enroll in and attend a series of free workshops (Ozmen Center "Starting a Business" workshop series) provided through the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Reno. These workshops occur every fall semester. Sign up for the workshop series, and we’ll email you prior to every event with an RSVP. (Note: Students are strongly encouraged take the online Udacity course "How to Build a Startup" prior to or while attending the Ozmen Center workshops.)
  • Complete the free online Udacity course: "How to Build a Startup". The Ozmen Center workshop series is based on and builds upon foundations outlined in this course
  • Enroll in Entrepreneurship courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, including a Jumpstart course (ENT 451) offered over two weekends during Wintermester (there is a fee associated with this course).
  • Attend the Entrepreneurs Assembly, which is a free monthly meeting offered by a local non-profit organization dedicated to educating and facilitating entrepreneurs in creating and growing their businesses.
  • Attend and/or present at 1 Million Cups, which provides people with an opportunity to present their business ideas, followed by a Q&A session. In Reno, 1 Million Cups begins at 9:00 a.m. every Wednesday morning at the Innevation Center, with live streaming of the event at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Arrangements to present at 1 Million Cups can be made through Mitch Winterman (mwinterman@unr.edu).
  • Participate in any of the numerous video training programs available for entrepreneurs at Kaufman Founders School.
  • Watch the Financial Analysis video series from the Ozmen Center.
  • Join the Wolf Pack Entrepreneurship club. Meetings are every non-holiday Monday at 12:00 in the Ozmen Center (Room AB 402). Check with the Ozmen Center for more information.
  • The Rural Nevada Business Assistance (RuBA) program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Applications are open now and close Friday, September 3, 2021. The program is for:
    • mainstream or tech; business ideas, new businesses or established businesses
    • permanent address or business address in Rural Nevada (i.e. all of Nevada except Clark County, City of Reno, City of Sparks); rural Washoe County is OK, which includes the Spanish Springs area.
    • annual revenues less than $2 million per year

Entrepreneurial mentors

Entrepreneurial mentors are local entrepreneurs that have agreed to share their time and expertise with groups of individuals who would benefit from such guidance. The drop down menu below provides a list of mentors along with a brief biography and some keywords (relating to roles, areas of expertise, and industry knowledge) for each. If you believe that you would benefit from meeting with one of our mentors, please send a request to ozmencenter@unr.edu to receive a formal introduction.

Non-entrepreneurial advisors

Non-entrepreneurial advisors are University professors with subject matter expertise who have agreed to share their time and expertise with groups of individuals who would benefit from such guidance. While these individuals may not have firsthand entrepreneurial experience, there is no doubt that they will be able to help you along your journey. The drop down menu below provides a list of advisors along with a brief biography for each. If you believe that you would benefit from meeting with one of our advisors, please send a request to ozmencenter@unr.edu to receive a formal introduction.