Entrepreneurial Update

EDAWN would like to congratulate, Elise Leben, on her new job opportunity. We are sure she will be an asset to their staff, with her marketing and organizational skills, not to mention her easy going personality. From the whole team at EDAWN, we wish her all the best in her new endeavor!

PitchFest 2018 was a success!

Last Thursday, May 17th, we co-hosted PitchFest alongside Entrepreneurs Assembly. Local startups ClickBioLudelaTrenLotRehearsal, and SimpleSense pitched to a crowd of over 50 investors and community members. This event has sparked more local deal syndication in Northern Nevada. Thank you to our sponsors, StartupNVAdam’s Hub, 1 Million Cups, Brewer’s Cabinet, and Holland & Hart LLP!



Reno-Based drone delivery startup, Flirtey, has received great press over the last week.
Flirtey was among 10 picked to participate in a national UAV pilot program in the U.S. They will be flying medical equipment on drones to heart attack patients in Nevada. Check out their mentions in the RGJReuters, and CNBC. Congratulations!
Did you know that the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Engineering…
-Is ranked by U.S. News & World Report for both their undergraduate and graduate programs.
-Is a key collaborator in the University’s Cybersecurity Center, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to both education and research in the growing field of cybersecurity.
-Has more than 90% of graduates employed, in graduate school, or in the military within one year of graduation.
Learn more about the College of Engineering in this video.
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.
Interested in learning where a handful of Burning Man installations are created? The Generator is an inclusive art space, maker space, and community space in greater Reno/Sparks and is available for use anyone who wants to make art and be part of a creative community. Check out the Reno Generator and their upcoming workshops!


UNR Summer Mini Session: Design Process
May 20-June 7, 2018- Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Innevation Center’s Concept Cafe- 450 Sinclair Street, Reno NV, 89501
Learn to tackle real-world innovation challenges and build your skills as an effective employee and entrepreneur! This fun and dynamic summer course covers esthetic design, design thinking, design economics, innovation techniques and the invention process.
Course numbers: CS 491, CEE 495, MSE 495, CHE 495, ME 493, ENT 493/693
Register through MyNevada by May 18th.
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!


There are several entrepreneurial events happening throughout the region! For a full calendar list, and to list your event, check-out Reno Startup Digest.

Startup of the Month

Fit Shuffle aims to help people break out of self-created barriers of a busy schedule, lack of space to exercise, or even diffidence, and low esteem about one’s body image. Ash Parr designed the exercises in Fit Shuffle to help people build courage and foray into the world of fitness on their own. Fit Shuffle is an app that targets trainers and national champions in martial arts to put up a well-crafted fitness regimen.


The app hosts a large archive of fitness videos performed by instructors specializing in various core areas. Unlike many other fitness apps available in the market, they retain the human element by eschewing simulations and graphics and break down the complexity of exercises.

Major Investor of the Week

Prominence Health Plan – The Prominence approach to health insurance is driven by the knowledge that every company is unique and the kind of coverage they need varies.

EDAWN Events

Nominations Now Open for EDAWN’s Arts & Business Awards!
The EDAWN Arts & Business Luncheon & Awards, to be held on September 13, 2018, will highlight and recognize businesses and individuals who have shown outstanding support and engagement with the local arts community. To nominate a deserving business, organization or individual, go here. Nominations are open from May 1 through June 15. Winners will be announced at the luncheon on September 13, 2018. For more information, please contact Sheila Imsdahl or call 775-829-3704.  For more information, go here.
For a calendar of additional 2018 EDAWN entrepreneurial events, please visit Startup Digest Reno. For more information, please contact Katie Romanko or call 775.829.3702.
Please click here to view a list of EDAWN’s 2018 events. For more information, please contact Sheila Imsdahl or call 775.829.3704.