The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) will host the inaugural Reno Venture Conference on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15 at The Nevada Museum of Art. Eleven local startups will compete for potential investment opportunities. The conference will also include an investor education workshop, panel discussions with experienced angel investors and a keynote from Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare.
The inaugural Reno Venture Conference’s mission is to increase early-stage investment in the local economy. EDAWN received a grant from the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, within the U.S. Economic Development Administration, to launch a Reno-based seed fund and venture conference. The grant focuses on encouraging more investment into local startups.
“We want to fuel the power of entrepreneurship by providing our local companies with the ability to seek growth capital in Northern Nevada,” said EDAWN President and CEO, Mike Kazmierski. “Providing startup companies with the necessary resources to be successful is critical for the overall health of our economy.”
Of the 68 applications, 11 companies were selected. The companies are:
Pre-Seed Track – (Early stage product development)
– Vet Companion
Seed Track – (Validated product and at or near revenue)
– Click Bio
– Flight Exchange
– Fox Optimization
– Shield IO
In addition to the startup competition, the conference will showcase the four participating startups in the InNEVator IoT Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp, as well as the winner of the University of Nevada, Reno Business School – Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition. The companies are:
– Smart Greenhouses
– Rysta GmbH
– Steam Energy Labs
– Sure Gauge
Companies who are selected to pitch are not guaranteed investment, only the opportunity to compete for funding. Upon conclusion of the conference, funding amounts, provided by several participating angel funds, will be announced.
To purchase tickets or learn more about the Inaugural Reno Venture Conference, visit renoventureconference.com.