This annual event is designed for startups and small business owners in rural Nevada and provides opportunities for mentorship, access to capital, and connection with entrepreneurial support organizations in Nevada. This year the event will be held in a hybrid format with local in person viewing sites and online options. The founding partners of Rural Pitch Day – Launch Rural Nevada are StartUpNV, Audacity Institute, Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority, Biz’s Assembly, the Nevada Small Business Development Center, Great Basin College, and University of Nevada at Reno. These partners and all volunteers involved in this event are committed to connecting rural entrepreneurs with business startup resources in Nevada. Together mentors, entrepreneur support organizations, government entities, founders and investors, are creating a statewide ecosystem resulting in successful small business development across Nevada.
NEW in 2021, thanks to a sponsorship from Nevada Gold Mines, Rural Pitch Day – Launch Rural Nevada is open to junior and senior high school students in rural Nevada!
Ready to pitch a business idea? Entry application: https://forms.gle/KKVZYitcQZCx9diC8.
Ready to attend Rural Nevada Pitch Day – Launch Rural Nevada? Reserve your tickets: https://buytickets.at/startupnv/568543.
Need more information? Contact organizers at RuralNevadaPitchDay@gmail.com.
To prepare participants for this Rural Pitch Day – Launch Rural Nevada, we will deploy series of online training, information sessions, and consultations to prepare you for you Pitch Day on November 5, 2021.
Aug. 31- Educational Recording: Are you Ready to be an Entrepreneur and Validating your Idea
Homework: Value proposition, Customer Validation Plan and Questionnaire, Collated Results of any Interviews
Sept. 2- Live Session One: Office Hours (12PM– 2PM) – Value Proposition and Customer Validation
Sept. 7- Educational Recording: Deconstructing Customer Validation Research
Homework: Create Cost Analysis
Sept. 14- Educational Recording: Business Model Canvas
Homework: Complete all Sections of Business Model Canvas
Sept. 23- Live Session Two: Office Hours (12PM– 2PM)– Questions about BMC and Customer Validation
Sept. 28- Educational Recording: Market Research Instruction- Case Study: TAM, SAM, SOM
Homework: Target Market Description, Demographics and Estimated Market Size
Sept. 30- Live Session Three: Office Hours (12PM– 2PM)– TAM, SAM, SOM Help
Oct. 5- Educational Recording: Pitch Deck 101
Homework: Create a Pitch Deck and Script for your Pitch
Oct. 7- Live Session Four: Office Hours (12PM– 2PM)– Pitch Deck Help
Homework: Complete and Submit Pitch Deck
Oct. 14- Live Session Five: Office Hours (12PM – 2PM)– Pitch Deck Questions and Reviews
Oct. 22- Deadline for Entry
Oct. 26- Announcement of Finalists
Oct. 26-29- Pitch Practice for Finalists
Nov. 5- Pitch Day! Live and Online
Office Hours Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82747600929
( Meeting ID: 827 4760 0929 )
**Any questions about the content of the education or contest can be directed to: RuralNevadaPitchDay@gmail.com.
A huge thank you to our sponsors for making Rural Pitch Day – Launch Rural Nevada possible:
NV Energy – Founding Sponsor
Nevada Gold Mines – New 2021 and Founding Sponsor of Junior and Senior High School (8-12 grades) Category
StartupNV – Founding Sponsor
Audacity Institute – Founding Sponsor
NSBDC – Founding Sponsor
NNRDA – Founding Sponsor
SWCREDA – New 2021 Sponsor
Regarding Sales – New 2021 Sponsor
If you are interested in sponsoring or need additional information please contact:
Director, Rural Economic and Community Development
On November 6, 2020 the First Rural Nevada Pitch Day was held virtually. We heard from 5 rural companies who applied and submitted information on their companies and products or services. All the companies did a great job! The winners are:
New Tech Products, LLC, Bruce Crater, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Tech Products makes the Tidy Oil Changer. It is a magnetic device that connects to an oil pan and loosens the screw to change oil, which it directs away from the pan and into a catch basin. It changes a dirty job into a white glove, mess less job.
Goat Shell, George Skivington, email@example.com
Goat Shells are hard sided pop-up camper shells that fit over regular and long bed trucks and come in two sizes. They are priced at much less than the one competitor that exists.
GL Innovation, Gerald Laughter, firstname.lastname@example.org
GL Innovation makes battery interrupters for large vehicles and mining sites. Future markets include electric cars and aircraft.
Additional companies participating in competition:
Watec Nevada, Gary Hines, founder, cryogenic desalination of water. Watec.email@example.com
Little Rider Foundation, Joshua Peterson, founder, non-profit dedicated to helping all kids learn to ride a bike. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very interested in your feedback. A survey will be available after November 5, 2021 for you to let us know your thoughts on how can we improve this event next year.