We’ve all heard of companies like Tesla & SWITCH that have moved to the Northern Nevada region, but have you heard of the NEW Tech Startups, with founders all under 35, that have relocated to the region? They will be featured in Reno Magazine‘s upcoming issue! In the meantime, you can get a preview in the latest RGJ article here.

From left: Robert Armstrong of Bombora, Mykle Gaynor of Click Bio, and Katie Lay of CAEK Inc.
The Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition is looking for qualified judges! In 2012 a philanthropist named Rick Sontag donated sufficient money to endow a business competition at the University of Nevada Reno. The Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition has become a well-regarded program and the winning team takes home $50,000 cash. The prize money can be used only to support the actual launch of the businesses. If you would like to learn more and apply to be a judge – click here.
Recently, our team welcomed Saul Baublys to the entrepreneurial team as a part-time intern. Saul is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and is pursuing his degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He is not only an out-going engineer but an entrepreneur at heart and we are excited to have his help this Spring! If you are looking for high quality interns and talent, you can contact Elizabeth Loun from the Career Studio at the University of Nevada, Reno or Marcie Iannacchione at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Startup Company of the Month

Our Startup of the Month in December is Sugar Love Chocolates, who doesn’t LOVE chocolate?The company was founded by chocolatier Krysta Bea Jackson, who interned on the entrepreneurial team at EDAWN for some time and has been a crucial asset in the startup community (spearheading Startup Weekend Reno & is also a past 1 Million Cups organizer). This month, Krysta launched a Kickstarter campaign and is seeking to reach or exceed her goal of $ 4,000 to order custom two-piece chocolate boxes so that she can expand into the wedding market. There’s 2 days left and she’s almost there – to learn more and support a local startup, Sugar Love Chocolates, click here.

Entrepreneurial Events 

Then you’re in luck: TedxUniversityofNevada is back, and they’ve got inspiration to spare.
TEDxUniversityofNevada has a line-up filled with dynamic speakers and performers from our region and beyond. Set for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, the event will take place in the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort. General admission is $100 and includes all TEDx talks and performances, a boxed lunch and refreshments. If you’re student, you’re in luck. Your ticket cost is $30 with a valid student ID from an area school. Purchase TEDxUNR tickets here.
There are several entrepreneurial events happening throughout the region! For a full calendar list, and to list your event, check-out Reno Startup Digest.
1 Million Cups – Every Wednesday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at Swill Coffee and Wine. We are always looking for startups and ventures to present, view past presentations to get an idea of the format, and contact the 1MC team to sign-up!

Investor of the Week

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