Innevation Center: A Catalyst for Regional Enterprise
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, start-up companies and creatives—with privileges to the makerspaces, conference rooms, special events, co-working and networking opportunities.
We are open—free of charge—to all University current students, faculty and staff.
A little history: The Innevation Center celebrated its opening in fall 2015. The concept started when City of Reno officials approached the University about acquiring the 25,000-square-foot, city-owned building in downtown. The University recognized the opportunity and developed the business, entrepreneurship and innovation center. Switch, a global technology company and leader in the design and operation of advanced data centers, funded the interior build-out of the Innevation Center, a catalyst for regional enterprise named to take the "no" out of innovation. In addition to supporting the Innevation Center in Reno, Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy donated Rob Roy’s Innevation Center to the Las Vegas community.
Expertise & Infrastructure
The Innevation Center will provide access to the University’s research infrastructure, fundamental and applied research portfolio, and our expertise in:
- Biosciences and drug-discovery
- Business management
Members will also be able to interface with the Nevada Center for Applied Research.
We are home to several industry-forward initiatives that highlight the University’s commitment to regional economic development.
- NVIE–Statewide manufacturing extension partnership
- InNEVator–Biannual, fully funded, eight-week pre-accelerator for connected devices
The InNEVator was recently 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.
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
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: