Entrepreneurial Update

Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) is accepting applications for their accelerator program.  

Accelerator, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult your business to the next level. Along with structured educational content focused on the core areas of first-stage businesses, the Accelerator program affords you the unique experience of learning from and connecting with the world’s most influential entrepreneurs. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit their website.

Filament, a Reno-based startup that develops blockchain solutions to leverage industrial internet of things data,

announced the Blocklet chip, which will allow any industrial device to communicate and interact with multiple blockchain technologies. Read the full article on VentureBeat.

Reno startup has recently raised funding!

 Iris Automation, a startup that builds collision avoidance systems for industrial drones and other autonomous flying machines, has closed an $8 million Series A round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Bee Partners. Congratulations!

Save your empty 12oz brown long neck craft beer bottles to be cleaned & refilled instead of landfilled.

 Conscious Container is a Refillable Glass Bottle Marketplace designed to reduce the environmental impact of a single-use glass bottle while lowering the overall cost of a glass bottle through refilling. Check out their website to see how it works, where to drop off bottles, and their upcoming events.

Bring your startup ventures to Nevada!

Learn how the University of Nevada, Reno and the region are building an entrepreneurial-friendly environment and helping businesses grow through our Innovation Ecosystem.

The Nevada Department of Business and Industry released a new interactive guide.

1 Million Cups is relocating to the Innevation Center!

1 Million Cups is a free national event designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs through weekly presentations. 1MC will now be at the Innevation Center located at 450 Sinclair St, here in Reno Wednesdays at 9:00am.

Entrepreneurial Events

6th Annual TEDxUniversityofNevada!

January 27th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Reno-Sparks Convention Center- 4590 S. Virginia St, Reno NV 89502
Join TEDx in January to welcome new speakers and their ideas worth sharing to our Reno stage. Explore new ways of thinking, learn something new, and stoke your curiosity in an environment full of intrigue and optimism. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with each other and with speakers.

*Seating is limited, general admission tickets and group discounted tickets are available for purchase at 

EDAWN is a sponsor of the upcoming Blockchain Conference: Building the New Nevada on Trust, to be held on February 6th.

When Governor Sandoval signed SB 398 in June supporting blockchain, he put Nevada at the cutting edge of one of the most transformational technologies of our time. This invite only conference will inform key business and government leaders in Nevada how blockchain technology will benefit business, government and economic development. Learn more here.

CatalystLive! Reno Business Class

Every Thursday from February 8th-April 19th, 5:30-8:30pm
800 Haskell Street, Reno NV 89509
The CatalystLive! is a Reno Business Class designed to help you understand how to create upside leverage and exponential business growth so you find clever ways to maximize your resources and unlock the true potential of your company.


Las Vegas Investor Roundtable

March 29th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Wedgewood Las Vegas at Stallion Mountain Las Vegas – 5500 E Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89129
FundingPost will continue their series where they bring in panels of local and out-of-town investors to assist startups with pitching to early-stage investors. They will have investors from Silicon Valley, Southern CA and Seattle, along with local investors who they will introduce them to NV entrepreneurs and discuss what it really takes to get them to write you a check.

There are several entrepreneurial events happening throughout the region! For a full calendar list, and to list your event,  

1 Million Cups – Every Wednesday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Innevation Center.

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!

Startup of the Month

Iris Automation is a venture-funded company with a team from NASA, Boeing, and PhDs in computer vision building an AI-based collision avoidance system for industrial drones.

The company recently closed an $8M financing round, led by Bessemer Venture Partners, and has two offices: one in San Francisco focused on software development and business operations, and another in the UNR Innevation Center responsible for UAS flight operations and testing. Iris is currently hiring for a number of technical and non-technical positions to expand the teams in both offices, and open positions can be found here.

Major Investor of the Week

Pacific States Communications – Since 1986, PSC has provided a full range of Telecommunications services including Telco & Internet reviews/solution, Voice/Data/ Fiber Cable Infrastructure/equipment rooms, Digital and VoIP phone solutions, HD Video Conferencing & Surveillance.