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Tech startups have been migrating into cities all around the Mountain West, from Denver to Salt Lake to Boise.


Reno Startup Develops Smartphone Stethoscope

Dec 12, 2016
Annie Conway / NNBW

One Reno startup is making it possible for patients to convert their smartphone into a stethoscope in order to allow a doctor to remotely listen to their heart and lungs. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has this business profile.

Holland and Hart Attorney Doug Flowers (left) invites Reno entrepreneurs to ask any questions they have at his annual event.
Natalie Van Hoozer

This is the second year for a series of meetings called 'Law on Tap' at the Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery in Reno. Here, local entrepreneurs can network and get free legal advice.

One of these entrepreneurs is University of Nevada, Reno, graduate Landon Gonzalez. He is in the early stages of creating his own outdoor apparel company and came to the event to learn how he can build his business from nothing.

Bringing Reno and Tahoe Techies Together

May 13, 2016
Rachel Arst McCullough

The monthly event series Silicon Mountain is celebrating a new livestream that lets anyone join in, and a regular viewing party at a Reno co-working space. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt went to one of those meet-ups to learn more.

"Hi there, I'm here to talk about 'Why hackathons,' ..."

Grooming The Next Generation Of Tech CEOs In Tahoe

Apr 18, 2016
Courtesy Sierra Nevada College

We’re headed into graduation season soon, and Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt has the story of one local college student who has already scored a CEO gig. 

By the time Sasha Severance celebrates her graduation from Sierra Nevada College in May, she’ll have been a CEO for about three months.

Severance owes that opportunity to Elevate Blue, a tech accelerator in Incline Village, which essentially builds companies around great ideas.

Sierra Nevada College

Sierra Nevada College, in Incline Village, hosted its own version of Shark Tank this week. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt was there to hear the winning pitch.

Apparently, Canada has a coin problem.

"We do not have a one dollar bill. So what this means is every time you get 4.99 back in change? It's all in coins.  It's just ridiculous. Personally, I went through my car the other day and found $17 worth of Canadian coins in there, and I don't even live in Canada anymore."

International Milk Bank Wins Startup Pitch Competition

Dec 6, 2015

 

A local business that aims to be the world’s largest milk bank won what’s called the InnovateHer startup pitch competition in Reno last month. 

 

InnovateHer is a national competition, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Association, for businesses that have a meaningful impact on women and families. 

Coworking Space Caters To Beauty Industry

Dec 6, 2015

 

Co-working spaces are usually devoted to tech startups, but The Design Hub, in MidTown Reno, is different. 

 

Local graphic designer Pattie Sennert opened The Design Hub earlier this year when she realized there was a need for salon workers to have easy access to space.

“We rent space by day, week, and month to cosmo students who are just out of school, or people who are in between things, or just moved to the area and don’t know where to go yet.”

Local Company Says Women's Skis Don't Have To Suck

Nov 18, 2015
Courtesy Coalition Snow

Women’s skis are generally softer, smaller versions of men’s skis. But according to Jen Gurecki, CEO of Tahoe-based startup Coalition Snow, it doesn’t have to be that way. As part of our look this week at female entrepreneurship growing in the region, I met with Gurecki to find out more.  

Coalition Snow's tagline sums up everything you need to know about the company:

"We make women's skis and snowboards that don't suck"

Tech Accelerator Elevate Blue Opens In Incline

Oct 12, 2015

Would-be local tech entrepreneurs got a new place to take their startup ideas last week. 

What was once one of several ski shops along Tahoe Boulevard in Incline is now Tahoe's only tech accelerator. The definition of that term tends to change depending on who you're talking to, but according to Jameson Stafford, CEO and co-founder of Elevate Blue: "We gestate ideas, build them up, get them prototyped, we staff to the idea, get entrepreneurs to run it, and then we fundraise."