OCE announces Startup Weekend ticket winners



Congratulations to University of Nevada, Reno students Jack Currie and Nolan Nicholson. The students won tickets to Startup Weekend Reno after entering a contest hosted by the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship. Participants were asked to explain how the OCE has helped them.

Check out excerpts from the winning entries:

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OCE, The Spark share entrepreneurial wisdom

The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship has partnered The Spark to share videos and blogs from entrepreneurs in Reno and Nevada. This video features Chris Howard, OCE director.

OCE Roundup, Nov. 12, 2014

Do you talk in hashtags?
If yes, this job is for you. The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship is hiring a communications intern. Applications are due by midnight on Nov. 26.

Want to protect your intellectual property?
The OCE–in collaboration with the Nevada Small Business Development Center and the City of Reno–is hosting Assess, License, Launch on Friday. This month’s focus is tech development and how to license your intellectual property. To register, visit the event page.

Startup Week/Weekend
Startup Week begins Monday and concludes with Startup Weekend. The OCE is giving two University of Nevada, Reno students tickets to the event. For contest details, check out this post.

Getting schooled in entrepreneurship
Are you looking for an elective for Spring 2015? Two classes have been added to the University’s entrepreneurship program. Courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students studying any discipline.

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Reno Startup Week celebrates entrepreneurs

A series of social and educational events promoting Reno startups and entrepreneurial thinkers will be held from Nov. 17-23.

Leading up to Startup Week, Chris Guillebeau–author of The $100 Startup–will speak at a Nov. 11 luncheon hosted by the Reno Tahoe Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Non-RSVP tickets are available on a “space-available, first-come, first-serve basis,” according to the event page.

Startup Week events also include a Startup Crawl, a Startup Row tour and Ignite Reno. For the full event schedule, visit www.renostartupweek.com.

The weeklong celebration culminates with Reno Startup Weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 and ends 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23. Participants will pitch startup ideas, vote to determine the top projects and form teams to build those products.

The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship will give away two Startup Weekend tickets to University of Nevada, Reno students. Tickets include T-shirts and meals. The contest ends Nov. 14, and details can be found by liking the OCE Facebook page (or, just see below).

Startup Weekend organizers also have a 50 percent off discount code for students. Email OzmenCenter[at]gmail[dot]com for the discount code.

Photo by Kylie Rowe.

Wanted: Communications Intern

Join the Ozmen Center team! We’re searching for a communications intern for the Spring 2015 semester. Applicants should be self-starters with superb communications skills, social media savvy and — most importantly — an interest in entrepreneurship in Northern Nevada.

Read the full description here.

University entrepreneurship program adds courses

The entrepreneurship program at the University of Nevada, Reno has added two courses for the Spring 2015 semester.

Mark Pingle

Mark Pingle

Rick Winfield, Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship staff member, will teach Entrepreneurial Marketing from 7-9:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Alice Heiman will instruct Entrepreneurial Sales from 7-9:45 p.m. on Monday. Both courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Mark Pingle, entrepreneurship and economics professor, told the OCE in an August interview that the University’s entrepreneurship program fosters “learning by doing” to spur business creation in Reno. The curriculum, spearheaded by Pingle in 2008, has been offered as an 18-credit minor for students studying any discipline. The classes are also available to MBA students completing an emphasis in entrepreneurship.

“The [Ozmen] Center will help support [those courses] and make them better,” Pingle added.

Popularity for the program has risen in recent years through the Sontag Business Competition and the Entrepreneurship Club, Pingle said. As a long term goal, he anticipates the OCE will help broaden curriculum to 100- and 200-level classes for undergraduates and more in-depth courses for graduate students.


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Sontag competition offers weekend workshops

Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition organizers will hold the first in a series of weekend workshops designed to prepare students for the contest.

The focus of the Saturday workshop — being held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in AB 110 — is the Business Model Canvas, or a blueprint of a business idea and the different aspects that will affect the venture.

The Intent to Compete stage for the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition ended Oct. 17. Participants will be required to submit a BMC and a preliminary business plan by Nov. 30.

The weekend workshop schedule is below. All meetings will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in AB 109.

Nov. 1 – Business Model Canvas
Nov. 8 – Marketing
Nov. 15 – Sales
Nov. 22 – Financials

Thanks to Dave Croasdell for the tip.

Edited Nov. 8

Ozmen Center staffer attends Reno’s ‘How to Start a Startup’ group

Photo by Rick Winfield

Photo by Rick Winfield

By Rick Winfield

The Reno Collective, a co-working space on Arlington Street in downtown Reno, hosts a weekly discussion group for How to Start a Startup every Friday from 6-7 p.m.

How to Start a Startup, offered through Stanford University, became somewhat of a legend after Blake Masters posted his detailed notes from the Spring 2012 section of the class. Taught by Silicon Valley legend Peter Thiel (PayPal founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies founder, hedge fund manager, venture capitalist, and the first outside investor in Facebook), Thiel and Masters have gone on to publish a book based on Masters’ notes called Zero to One.

This semester, the class is facilitated by Sam Altman, president of Silicon Valley startup incubator Y-Combinator. The class is made up of twice weekly lectures given by a combination of Silicon Valley “all stars” (including Thiel, Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham, legendary angel investor Ron Conway, and investor/inventor of the Mozilla web browser Marc Andreessen) and the founders of Y-Combinator-backed companies. The lectures follow typical “how to” startup topics, evaluating your idea, building your product, raising money, growing your user base, building your team, PR, etc.

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Hack4Reno touts open data, tech community

Members of Reno’s startup community and civic-minded individuals will collaborate to create web and mobile apps powered by city and Washoe County data.

Hack4Reno challenges teams to build apps and websites using open data to spark business ideas, encourage citizen activism and shine a light on government transparency. Data used for projects is hosted on OpenDataReno.org.

“Hack4Reno is a great opportunity for citizens and local government to collectively build a smarter city using open data and innovative technology,” Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger said in a press release.

Previous Hack4Reno projects include an app that tracks bike paths around town and another that connects shoppers to local businesses. The fourth annual event will be hosted from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Reno Collective. The coworking space is close to Startup Row, or West First Street in downtown Reno, where several startups have taken root.

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International entrepreneur visits Ozmen Center

By Rick Winfield

The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship was pleased to welcome Liher Pillado of Mondragon University in the Basque region of Spain for a fascinating talk and discussion on Thursday, Oct. 2. Arranged in conjunction with the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, attendees included faculty and PhD students from both the Basque Studies Department and The College of Business, as well as members of the Reno entrepreneurship community.

From left, Horohito Norhatan, Basque Studies PhD student; Sandie Ott, Center for Basque Studies co-director; Liher Pillado with Mondragon University; Rick Winfield economics PhD student; and  Dave Croasdell, The College of Business faculty, pose for a picture outside the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship on Oct. 2. Photo submitted by Rick Winfield.

From left, Horohito Norhatan, Basque studies PhD student; Sandie Ott, Center for Basque Studies co-director; Liher Pillado with Mondragon University; Rick Winfield economics PhD student; and Dave Croasdell, The College of Business faculty, pose for a picture outside the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship on Oct. 2. Photo submitted by Rick Winfield.

Pillado is a team coach at Mondragon Team Academy (Bidasoa Lab), part of the entrepreneurship program at Mondragon University. His presentation started with an explanation of the Mondragon Corporation, a federation of worker cooperatives based in the Basque region of Spain. Founded in the town of Mondragon in 1956, it is the tenth-largest Spanish company in terms of asset turnover and the leading business group in the Basque country.

At the end of 2013, Mondragon Corporation employed 74,061 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge. As a cooperative, Mondragon Corp. has a unique charter, focusing on creating value for the community as compared to a typical corporation that focuses on creating value for shareholders.

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