The state of Nevada ranked the Highest for Startup Density, at 107.4, amongst all 50 states per the Kauffman Foundation’s annual Startup Index. The average in the U.S. has been 80.4 in the last year. Startup Density is defined as the number of newly established employer businesses to the total employer business population (in 1,000s). Startup businesses here are defined as firms less than 1yr. old, employing at least 1 person besides the owner.


Each month, we’ll feature a different Rethink Reno video – highlighting different aspects of why entrepreneurs and business owners have chosen Reno to start their company. This month, we’re highlighting Ryan Adams, the President & CEO of Artech, watch the video below to learn more!


There is a major communal effort in Reno to propel the local art scene forward. Artists are doing this through shared ideas and spaces, creative collaborations and experimentation. As our local artists come together, they’re also building spaces that draw the entire city together through community art spaces, local art events and workshops. To learn more, you can check out this latest blog on the Rethink Reno website.

EDAWN’s Non-Profit Foundation is working with the Washoe County School District to launch the 2nd phase of “Design a Taxi-Top” campaign which engages WCSD K-12 students.  These efforts provide an important perspective from our young adults and encourages them to engage in improving the image of our community and support the ongoing efforts to re-brand the region.  Please contact Tamera Pitts or call 775.829.3700 to sponsor a taxi-top.

Startup Company of the Month


TrainerRoad is a Reno founded startup company, combining power-based cycling software with expert guidance to give you the most effective and efficient training program for cyclists. On a recent Startup Row tour, the EDAWN team stopped by and was informed that TrainerRoad has grown from a founding team of 2 people in 2014, to a team of 51 employees in 2016, and are still growing! 

Nate Pearson, the founder, is also featured in one of the newly released videos, by Rethink Reno. You can check it out here:

Entrepreneurial Events

Governor’s Conference on Business 2016
Friday, Sept. 30th, 2016 – from 7:30am-1:30pm
Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
View the agenda here.


The Biggest Little Startup Fair
Thursday, Oct. 6th, 2016 – 5:00pm-7:30pm
Greater Nevada Field – 250 Lounge & Patio – 250 Evans St., Reno, NV

The event will be structured to combine elements of a tradeshow and career fair, providing a venue for companies to exhibit their products and services, and for individuals interested in career opportunities to meet potential employers in the startup community. There will be a Live DJ spinning music, as well as free appetizers for the participating startups and early bird students.

RSVP as a Student – FREE to students & open to the public
Register as a Startup – $30 exhibitor fee

Startup Weekend Reno
Friday, Nov. 18th beginning 4:30pm – ending Sunday, Nov. 20th at 7:30pm
Greater Nevada Field – 250 Lounge & Patio – 250 Evans St., Reno, NV

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Bring an idea, a talented friend or potential co-founder, or just yourself and spend the next 54 hours building a business model, coding, designing, and validating your business idea! 

Register HERE for Startup Weekend!


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!