Creating bridges between academia and industry to improve lives

The University’s Innovation Ecosystem extends resources, services and people to support innovation, entrepreneurship, research commercialization and industry growth in Nevada. For additional assistance in getting started, contact Enterprise & Innovation.

— Ellen Purpus, Assistant Vice President for Enterprise & Innovation


Incubation, acceleration & industry support

The University is a public entity striving to support the differing needs of industry and striving to benefit businesses to improve Nevada’s economy. Open and creative engagement and nontraditional methods and policies allow for viable partnerships, use of space and fee-for-service contracts that are attractive to business.

Startup & entrepreneurial support

Business incubation and co-working space

Downtown Reno startup space, a Makerspace and access to venture funding groups and mentoring

Biotech startup incubation space

Wet lab space with waste disposal and environmental protections in-place

University equipment and expertise

Access to the University’s physical assets, campus space and faculty experts

Startup consulting and support

Go-to resource for startups in manufacturing, workforce, quality systems, automation and growth

Startup pre-accelerator program

Eight-week fully-funded IoT hardware pre-accelerator at the Innevation Center

Small business development

Counseling on legal structure selection, licensing, business plan creation and more

Student entrepreneurial competition

$50,000 prize to facilitate the creation of new businesses in Nevada

Business and industry support

Earthquake Engineering Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno

Access to the University’s physical assets, campus space and faculty experts

Close-up of sparks flying off of a piece of material with heavy equipment in the background

Consulting to advance industrial resilience and competitiveness

Two students working on CAD models on two computer screens

Advertise job opportunities for University interns and employees

Three people in business attire sitting at a table looking at a laptop

Counseling and training for small business growth and management

A person with a dog in an agricultural field with a tractor and trailer in the background

Community and workforce development and support for agricultural business throughout Nevada

A person in a welding lab holding a metal object and wearing welding protective gear

Continuing education and professional studies


Facilities, space & expertise

Accessing the on-campus facilities, space and expertise is generally coordinated through the Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR) – a central and public access point to University’s assets and a one-stop-shop for applied research. If you’re a University employee or an outside entity looking for specific facilities or equipment, search the Shared Research Facilities.


IP, licensing & commercialization

Information for faculty and University members

The commercialization of technology is a multi-stage process with the goal of finding suitable application in the marketplace. The process starts with the researcher's discovery. From there, Enterprise & Innovation will work with the researcher to help protect the invention. This includes working closely with both the inventor and appropriate patent offices.

Protect your innovation: A guide to research commercialization at the University

What is tech transfer?

Tech transfer at the University is aimed at transferring researcher’s discoveries to entities that will further develop the technology into products or services. Below is a link to third party multimedia content. If you experience any issues accessing this content, please contact Enterprise & Innovation.

Watch a short video overview of technology transfer from AUTM (1:37 minutes)

Funding and grant support


More connections & resources

Below are links to third party web/multimedia content. If you experience any issues accessing this content, please contact Enterprise & Innovation.

Supplier/vendor registration

Suppliers, independent contractors and other businesses must register through the Nevada System of Higher Education system. Visit Supplier Registration to get started.

University external relations

The executive director for external relations works closely with economic development agencies throughout the state, leads the University's Economic Development and Business Relations Task Force, and helps create economic development, business and outreach partnerships.

Intellectual property & commercialization

State & regional economic development resources

Bay Area I-Corps course and grant

University faculty, startups, or teams with a startup idea are encouraged to apply for a one-week course based on Steve Blank's Lean LaunchPad method offered by the  Bay Area Regional I-Corps Node

The course is focused on improving your value propositions and customer segments. These areas of your business model are essential to minimizing risk and ensuring that your product satisfies market demand. The course requires a team of two to three people. Teams that achieve instructor endorsement after course completion may qualify for the  National I-Corps program which includes a $30,000 or $50,000 grant for customer discovery. 

If you have a technology-based startup idea, contact Cara Baird with Enterprise & Innovation to learn more about the program and discuss the application process.