About the Innevation Center

The University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center—Powered By Switch is designed to empower Nevada’s next generation of economic leaders by igniting the creative and entrepreneurial spirits in University of Nevada, Reno students, faculty, community creatives, makers, economic developers, and emerging global tech companies.

We are a synergistic, collaborative space designed to stimulate the creation and incubation of startups and accelerate the growth of the knowledge-driven economy of our region.

Anyone in the community can become a member – entrepreneurs, startup companies and creatives – with privileges to the Makerspace, conference rooms, special events, co-working and networking opportunities.

We are open, free of charge, to all University students, faculty and staff.

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Expertise & infrastructure

The Innevation Center spurs ideation, commercialization and entrepreneurialism by providing resources necessary to develop startup companies. Members are also able to interface with the Nevada Center for Applied Research that provides access to talent, facilities and equipment on campus, including an innovative wet-lab space for entrepreneurs.

These entities work in partnership to serve as an entry point for industry and entrepreneurs desiring to work with the University, and they facilitate connection to the University’s wide array of business-related programs.

Business development

The Innevation Center is home to several industry-forward initiatives that highlight the University’s commitment to regional economic development.

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InNEVator

An eight-week fully funded IoT hardware pre-accelerator for early-stage startups. This bootcamp will bring your product to market faster, with experienced mentors guiding your way.

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Nevada Industry Excellence

Go-to resource for startups in manufacturing, workforce, quality systems, automation and growth, and providing consulting to advance industrial resiliance and competitiveness.

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The InNEVator has been recognized in the NCET Tech Awards with the 2017 EDAWN Entrepreneurial Support Award for Program of the Year. The Innevation Center has also been recognized in the NCET Tech Awards with the 2017 EDAWN Award for Best Entrepreneurial Hub.

Location

Our dynamic hub of innovation and commercialization is centrally located at 450 Sinclair Street. We are approximately:

  • 1 mile from our sponsoring, world-class research institution, the University of Nevada, Reno
  • 3 miles from the Reno-Tahoe International airport
  • 2 hour drive from Sacramento
  • 4 hour drive from Silicon Valley
  • 1 hour flight to San Francisco or Silicon Valley by commercial jet

Our companies & partners

Over 75 organizations work out of the Innevation Center spanning growth tech companies, non-profits, consultants, and freelancers. We have been home to over a dozen growth tech companies that have raised over $55 million in Nevada since the opening of the Innevation Center in 2015.

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Enterprise & Innovation

The Innevation Center is a pillar of Enterprise & Innovation at the University of Nevada, Reno. Enterprise & Innovation works to create bridges between academia and industry to improve lives. The office is comprised of four pillars: