Our partners

The Innevation Center has a wide variety of community partners that come together to support our Northern Nevada economy.

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Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

Adding quality jobs to the region to diversify the economy and have a positive impact on the quality of life in greater Reno-Sparks.

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Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Empowering success.

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Nevada Industry Excellence

Working with Nevada companies and startups to strengthen their global competitiveness with more advanced technologies, techniques and best business practices.

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Powering the future of the connected world.®

Sponsored groups

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FYRE Robotics

FIRST Young Robotics Engineers, Team 5480.
The Innevation Center sponsors the FYRE First Robotics Competition Team, a robotics team available to all students in the Washoe County School District. The Innevation Center provides space for the team to design, build, and test their robot in just 6 short weeks before going to competition.

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One Million Cups Reno

Entrepreneurs nationwide every Wednesday.
The Innevation Center hosts 1 Million Cups Reno every Wednesday at 9am, a free community event to network and listen to pitches from local entrepreneurs, startups and community organizations.

Community organizations

There are a number of community organizations that work out of the Innevation Center and with our community on a regular basis.

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Entrepreneurs Assembly

Building businesses from the idea up.

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Entrepreneurship Nevada

Fostering communication and collaboration among Entrepreneur Support Organizations.

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Helping women play BIG.

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Nevada Small Business Development Center

Guiding Nevadans looking to start and grow businesses, with objectives to increase business starts, create and retain jobs, and increase access to capital.

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SCORE Northern Nevada

Non-profit, volunteer-based group of retired and active professionals dedicated to small business education and formation, growth and success.

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Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter

Your local activists in Nevada and the eastern Sierra, fighting on your behalf for national monuments, renewable energy, public lands, and water protection.

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Sierra Nevada Journeys

Delivering science-based education programs for children to develop critical thinking skills and inspire natural resource stewardship.

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Startup NV

Preparing Nevada start-ups for early stage capital.

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Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Connecting a curious public with scientific inquiry and innovation.

Innevation Center mentors

Northern Nevada’s business community is unique, with a culture of engagement and members who are willing to lend a hand to grow the greater ecosystem. At the Innevation Center, community experts offer their mentorship to our members free of charge. Contact us at icadmins@unr.edu or (775) 682-8612 for more information on connecting with mentors.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Personnel development and training, cross cultural management.
Director, Nevada Industry Excellence
Appointment Hours: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (3rd Floor of Innevation Center)

David Lewandowski

David Lewandowski

Legal – corporate governance, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, M&As
Corporate Attorney, Fennemore Craig
Appointment Hours: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Nevada Jumpstarter

Prototype consulting
Michael Gillette, Mechanical Engineer
John Kirkpatrick, Electronics Engineer
Daniel Smith, Computer Science Engineer
Appointment Hours: Thursdays & Fridays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Lorne Smith

Lorne Smith

Large and small scale manufacturing
President, A1 Group Holdings
Appointment Hours: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.