Community and University resources

  • Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) - Adding quality jobs to the region.
  • Startup Reno – A collection of the resources in the region relating to business development and growth.
  • StartUpNV - Nevada’s statewide startup business incubator.
  • Battle Born Growth – A statewide venture capital program that invests in early-stage companies with high growth products and services in their industry sectors.
  • Working with the University of Nevada, Reno – An entry point to the robust range of resources, facilities, equipment and expertise available through the University for startups and industry.
  • Who owns the IP? - An overview of the University’s intellectual property ownership policy.
  • Sierra Accelerator for Growth and Entrepreneurship - Helping Nevada technology entrepreneurs win grant funding from the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs.
  • WolfCorp - A program from Enterprise & Innovation that helps researchers build teams that qualify for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program.
  • VentureWell – A program that offers grants to entrepreneurial teams of science- and engineering-based students and startups with social, health or environmental impact.
  • Kauffman | Entrepreneurs – A knowledge base with free resources for all stages of startups.

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

Ford Goodman

Ford Goodman

G2M strategies for B2B or B2B2C, data and analytics, customer experience, enterprise software
Technology executive and investor

Dr. Jonathan Hull

Dr. Jonathan Hull

Growing early-stage startups, advising founder and investors, life sciences
Co-founder, Bioelectronica

David Lewandowski

David Lewandowski

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

Craig Macy

Craig Macy

General counsel for founders, company formation and corporate governance, IP, employment law
Founder, Macy & Peters Law

Value Quiraishi

Value Quraishi

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

James Sacherman

James Sacherman

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

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

Edward Vento

Edward Vento

Alternative financing
Business Development, Prestamos CDFI

Innevation Center webinars

These webinars are part of the Speaker Series hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno. The three-part series from the 2021-2022 fall-winter webinars focus on topics related to marketing strategies, small-business innovation and tips for individuals in the workplace. The four-part series from 2020-2021 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.

Audacity Institute logo

Audacity Institute

Building a vibrant and inclusive local economy.

Biz Assembly logo

Biz Assembly

Building businesses from the idea up.

EDAWN logo

Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

Adding quality jobs to the region.

Entrepreneurship Nevada logo

Entrepreneurship Nevada

Fostering collaboration among entrepreneurial organizations.

GirlMade logo


Helping women play BIG.

Manufacture Nevada logo

Manufacture Nevada

Strengthening companies' global competitiveness.

Nevada Center for Applied Research logo

Nevada Center for Applied Research

Matching industry needs with academic goals.

Nevada Small Business Development Center logo

Nevada Small Business Development Center

Guiding Nevadans looking to start and grow businesses.

Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship logo

Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship

Idea space to facilitate moving ideas into action.

Reno Seed Fund logo

Reno Seed Fund

Investing in startups from seed to scale in Northern Nevada.

SCORE Northern Nevada logo

SCORE Northern Nevada

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

Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter logo

Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter

Your local activists in Nevada and the eastern Sierra.

Sierra Nevada Journeys logo

Sierra Nevada Journeys

Delivering science-based education programs for children.

StartUp NV logo


Nevada’s statewide startup business incubator.

Discovery Museum logo

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Connecting a curious public with scientific inquiry and innovation.