Reno, September 11-13
Day 1: Tour of major tech expansion success stories in Reno, followed by BLUEPRINT kick-off event
Day 2: Inspirational keynotes, success stories and panel discussions accompanied by several small-group working sessions with all participants
Day 3: Bringing together all of Day 2's work, announcements of critical initiatives, and visionary keynote
For more information please use this link: http://vbevents.venturebeat.com/BluePrint
Five Star Bank (www.fivestarbank.com) and Moneta Ventures (www.monetaventures.com) announced today they are partnering on a new Venture Banking Program primarily focused on companies with high growth potential located in the Capital Region, or those intending to move to the region. Through the new program, Five Star Bank will provide debt financing to augment investments into companies by Moneta Ventures.
According to Lokesh Sikaria, Founding Partner at Moneta Ventures, “This new program will extend a start-up’s runway, reduce dilution of ownership and help to accelerate growth with comparatively lower cost to the start-up. A Five Star Bank loan provides a meaningful boost to augment Moneta Ventures’ initial investment into a high growth company.”
The bank recently hired Jon Gregory (a General Partner at Northern California Investment Funds I and II, ex-SARTA, & ex-Golden Capital Network) to develop and launch the program in conjunction with Moneta Ventures. James Beckwith, Five Star Bank President & CEO, said, “Five Star Bank has been very proactive in the Capital Region by actively supporting entrepreneurs and technology-focused businesses. We have expanded our efforts in this regard by bringing Jon Gregory on board. This partnership with Moneta Ventures is a natural extension of our commitment to entrepreneurs who live in our region or who want to do business here.”
Gregory said, “We aspire to be the premier banking partner for thousands of tech businesses and want to help start-ups and tech companies flourish in the Capital Region.”
For more information on the Venture Banking Program, contact Jon Gregory, email@example.com, 530-924-5125 (direct) or 530-518-5733 (cell).
In collaboration with University of Nevada Reno, Breadware and Watershed Growth Ventures, The InNEVation Center is excited to announce the inaugural InNEVator 2017, an IoT-focused bootcamp which aims to grow Reno's tech community by fostering innovative ideas.
The six-week program from October 2 - November 9 will welcome selected IoT startups from outside our region. Participants will receive professional guidance, active mentoring from successful, industry veterans, and a free working space where they can build prototypes with experts in the field. They will then get the opportunity to pitch their concepts to investors.
Startups focused on IoT-enabled technology are encouraged to apply online by August 28. Applicants should have a technical background and be focused on building a marketable platform. The project can be in concept phase with some proof of concept and market validation or more progressed in its development phase with a minimum viable product and some level of customer engagement.
Investors and sponsors are also invited to participate in the program. Multiple levels of sponsorships and investor involvement are available. For details please visit www.renoinnevator.com or feel free to reach out directly to me.
Thank you for spreading the word to your networks about the event. Please find the attached poster and sponsorship opportunities outline for your reference.
UNR VPR Mridul Gautam, PhD as a Guest Luncheon Speaker
For more information please use this link: http://business.nv.gov/GCB/Conference_Luncheon_Speakers/
Although ACA itself is only eleven years old, several of our current member angel groups trace their beginnings back much further than that. A total of nine groups have now been in existence for 20 years or more. Here is that honor roll and the founding year for each. Congratulations to all!
The latest to achieve that impressive 20-year mark is Sierra Angels of Incline Village, Nevada, the angel group from which our new Board Chair, Linda Smith, hails. I was honored to attend the group’s anniversary party yesterday, along with ACA Board members Jim Connor and Kevin Learned. We look forward to helping more interested member groups celebrate their 20thanniversaries and thank all of you for supporting new companies that create jobs and innovation.
Linda presented group co-founder Bob Goff with a proclamation citing their many achievements over the years:
The Innevation Center University of Nevada, Reno will be holding a Design Thinking and Inventing with IoT Devices Workshop on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, from 2-5PM.
About the workshop:
The Internet of Things, commonly known as the IoT, is becoming an integral part of our everyday lives. But what is IoT? An IoTdevice often includes various environmental sensors and is connected wirelessly to another device (your smartphone) or to the web. When networked, these interconnected devices provide an informative web of intelligent devices that collect and exchange data. Some popular examples of IoT devices include Nest thermostats and Fitbits. As the cost of IoT hardware dives, these devices will continue to integrate with our lives in numerous ways.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to interact with the multiple layers of IoT devices and apply Design Thinking principles to develop personal applications for IoT as well as create an implementation plan for their idea. Working with Breadware Inc, an industry leader in IoT development, participants will also see how simple it can be to bring an IoT device from concept to functional prototype.
This workshop is free for Innevation Center members and UNR students and is $10 for the general public. Workshop size is limited to 10 people. To register or for more information please contact Rose Catron at firstname.lastname@example.org.