Photo Cred: Reno Gazette Journal
Hundreds of business professionals gathered in August to attend the State of Nevada annual Governor's Conference. Big name companies like Tesla, WellsFargo, IGT alongside lawmakers, startups and business professionals were in attendance. This year was the first business pitch competition where companies were requested to submit proposals and pitch their idea and product to a group of judges at the conference. As the Emcce for the Governor's Business Conference Pitch Competition, I was delighted to facilitate the NV entrepreneurs pitch ventures Shark Tank style and interact with large companies like Tesla and Switch, but also with future leaders who are busy working hard to champion their startups.
Tesla is building the largest gigafactory East of Reno. It's exciting to be in a community where one of the most innovative companies in the world is investing big. They are looking at alternative energy approaches and working on sustainable programs which capture the hearts and minds of people. Additionally, each month, they unveil exciting news. For example, Tesla Working On Gigafactory Interior - Completion Expected In February 2016 which will include a datacenter. Just take an aerial view of the Tahoe Reno Industrial Campus that will measure 6.5 million square feet once all the building are completed to understand why SuperNAP: Building largest data center in the world near Reno. The fever is high. Schools are building out advanced manfacturing programs for students to fill the talent pipeline. The state is issuing STEM grants for companies and citizens to partner to invest in the development of people.
Apple's construction is on the fast track in Reno. They too are looking at new approaches to energy. The new solar array reported to began operation this summer by the Reno Gazette Journal, will enable this site to draw 100 percent of its power needs from a renewable source.
It was very fulfilling to watch the talent share their organizational value, benefit and valuation to the judges and community. They pitched renewables, SAAS workflow, employee health packages, crowdsourced reality TV and high end women's ski gear. Pay attention to the small companies, as Tesla, Switch and Apple were all once small too. Their tenacity, business acumen and fortitude may very well propel them onto the world stage.