Community and University resources

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 or (775) 682-8612 for more information on connecting with mentors.

Grace Chou

Grace Chou

Startups, venture financing, business strategy, biotechnology
Director, Innevation Center

James Sacherman

James Sacherman

CEO and founder mentor, startups, investment
Innevation Center startup consultant

David Lewandowski

David Lewandowski

Legal – corporate governance, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, M&As
Corporate Attorney, Fennemore Craig

Value Quiraishi

Value Quraishi

Technology product development, interim CIO/CTO, startups, turnarounds, game design
CIO, Value Venture Studio, Inc.

Jeff Saling

Jeff Saling

Startup incubation and acceleration
Co-Founder and Executive Director, StartUp NV

Lorne Smith

Lorne Smith

Large and small scale manufacturing
President, A1 Group Holdings

Ryan Spiers

Ryan Spiers

General counsel for founders – company formation and corporate governance
Attorney, Cooley, LLP

Edward Vento

Edward Vento

Alternative financing
Business Development, Prestamos CDFI

Innevation Center webinars

These webinars are part of the 2020 Speaker Series hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno. The four-part series contains panel discussions focused on startup small businesses.


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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Audacity Institute

Building a vibrant and inclusive local economy.

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Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

Adding quality jobs to the region.

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Entrepreneurs Assembly

Building businesses from the idea up.

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Entrepreneurship Nevada

Fostering collaboration among entrepreneurial organizations.

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Helping women play BIG.

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Nevada Center for Applied Research

Matching industry needs with academic goals.

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Nevada Industry Excellence

Strengthening companies' global competitiveness.

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Nevada Small Business Development Center

Guiding Nevadans looking to start and grow businesses.

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One Million Cups

Entrepreneurs nationwide every Wednesday.

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Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship

Idea space to facilitate moving ideas into action.

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Reno Seed Fund

Investing in startups from seed to scale in Northern Nevada.

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SCORE Northern Nevada

Non-profit dedicated to small business education, formation, growth and success.

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Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter

Your local activists in Nevada and the eastern Sierra.

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Sierra Nevada Journeys

Delivering science-based education programs for children.

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Nevada’s statewide startup business incubator.

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Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Connecting a curious public with scientific inquiry and innovation.