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Las Vegas is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Las Vegas Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Las Vegas Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Southwest Founder Institute and local leaders: Chris Foltz (Director, Founder Institute + Responsible Solutions Ltd + IRG 100 CMO's & Change Agents), Kane Clamage, Russell Brand (Managing Director, Responsible Solutions Limited)

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Las Vegas? Then apply to the Southwest Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Las Vegas Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. #VegasTech
    2. Built in Las Vegas News
    3. Startup Digest Las Vegas
    4. StartupNV
  • Inspirational Las Vegas Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
      1. CES
      2. DAVINE Las Vegas
      3. ITC Vegas
      4. Las Vegas Blockchain Week
      5. Money20/20
      6. Startup Weekend Las Vegas
      7. Tech Alley

    B. Educate

    • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire).
      1. Bitcoin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
      2. Dream VC Fellowship
      3. Entrepreneurs in Action
      4. Las Vegas A.I. Chatbots & Everything Marketing/Tech
      5. Lito Corp
      6. Startup Founder 101 Las Vegas
      7. Startup Grind Las Vegas
      8. StartUp Vegas Meetups
      9. Vegas Crypto Meetup
      10. Vegas Tech Guild
    • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and startup bootcamps for entrepeneurs. (Includes comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
        1. Artificial Intelligence : Las Vegas
        2. Data Science Las Vegas
        3. ENTITY Academy
        4. Founder Institute
        5. Internet of Things (IoT) : Las Vegas
        6. Las Vegas Startup: Idea to IPO
        7. Las Vegas Startups
        8. Las Vegas Startups and Entrepreneurs
        9. Lean Startup Machine Las Vegas
        10. Learn Digital Skills | Las Vegas
        11. Microsoft Tech Talks - Las Vegas
        12. Polymath's Place
        13. PunchCode
        14. PunchCode Meetups
        15. SCORE Las Vegas
        16. StartUp Vegas
        17. StartUpNV AngelNV Bootcamp
        18. The Exponential Entrepreneur : Las Vegas
        19. The Iron Yard Las Vegas Meetup
        20. Thinkful Las Vegas Meetups
        21. Troesh Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
        22. UNLV Software Development Bootcamp

                                                C. Validate

                                                • Team Formation: Events for Finding Co-founders in Las Vegas.  (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
                                                  1. CoFoundersLab
                                                  2. Entrepreneurs' Organization Las Vegas
                                                  3. eWomenNetwork Las Vegas
                                                  4. Las Vegas Entrepreneur Business Network
                                                  5. Las Vegas Entrepreneurs Network
                                                  6. Las Vegas Women In Tech
                                                  7. Nevada Entrepreneur Network
                                                  8. Social Register Network
                                                  9. Tech Alley
                                                  10. VetsinTech Las Vegas
                                                • Build First Product: Hackathons & product events in Las Vegas.
                                                  1. Acumatica Summit 2022 Hackathon
                                                  2. Architect Anything!
                                                  3. DEF CON
                                                  4. FeatherNest Co-Learning
                                                  5. Hackathon 4Good
                                                  6. SYN Shop
                                                  7. UNLV Makerspace
                                                  8. Vegas Hack
                                                  9. Vegas Programmers

                                                2. Launch Stage

                                                In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

                                                A. Start

                                                • Establish: Las Vegas law firms & banks for startups
                                                  1. Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright
                                                  2. Bank of America
                                                  3. Bank of Nevada
                                                  4. Bank of the West
                                                  5. Brooks Kushman
                                                  6. Chase Bank
                                                  7. City National Bank
                                                  8. DC Advisory, LLC
                                                  9. East West Bank
                                                  10. Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices
                                                  11. Gile Law Group
                                                  12. Greenberg Traurig
                                                  13. Hogan Hulet PLLC
                                                  14. Messner Reeves LLP
                                                  15. Nevada State Bank
                                                  16. Procopio
                                                  17. Raich Law
                                                  18. Selman Breitman LLP
                                                  19. Spencer Fane
                                                  20. US Bank
                                                  21. WaFd Bank
                                                  22. Wells Fargo
                                                  23. Whitehead & Burnett
                                                • Las Vegas Workspaces: Co-working and flexible workspaces for startups in Las Vegas.
                                                  1. Bottega Exchange
                                                  2. Co-Operate @ Black Fire Innovation
                                                  3. EQ Office
                                                  4. Ideabox
                                                  5. Incubator Space
                                                  6. Innevation
                                                  7. Innovation Collective
                                                  8. International Innovation Center @ Vegas
                                                  9. Jet Webinar
                                                  10. Premier Coworking
                                                  11. Proof of Concept
                                                  12. SPACE
                                                  13. The Coop Cowork
                                                  14. Vegas Office Worx
                                                  15. WeWork
                                                  16. Work in Progress

                                                B. Develop

                                                • Formalize: Las Vegas accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups.  

                                                    1. 702 Pros
                                                    2. Adlava
                                                    3. All-In Recruiting
                                                    4. GC Web Studio
                                                    5. Godby Tech
                                                    6. Hillsdale Consultants
                                                    7. John W. Reddall CPA LLC
                                                    8. KMJ Web Design
                                                    9. Loud
                                                    10. NMG Technologies
                                                    11. Paramount Tax & Accounting
                                                    12. Phoenix Staff
                                                    13. Rich, Wightman & Company
                                                    14. Siefers Accounting
                                                    15. Software Developers Pro
                                                    16. Starfire Web Design
                                                    17. The Warnick Group
                                                    18. Unique Accounting
                                                    19. VerveLogic
                                                    20. Woo Sender

                                                                                        • Las Vegas Incubators: Groups that prepare companies for seed investment and provide advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
                                                                                          1. AFWERX Spark
                                                                                          2. Black Fire Innovation
                                                                                          3. Blackstone LaunchPad
                                                                                          4. Bunker Labs
                                                                                          5. Incubator Space
                                                                                          6. Innevation
                                                                                          7. Innovation Collective
                                                                                          8. Responsible Solutions
                                                                                          9. Startup Incubator
                                                                                          10. StartUpNV GrowNV Incubator Program

                                                                                        C. Launch

                                                                                        • Las Vegas Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
                                                                                          1. StartUpNV Accelerator Program
                                                                                          2. The Mill
                                                                                          3. X Co Las Vegas
                                                                                        • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase Las Vegas startups for investment.
                                                                                          1. AFWERX Spark Tank
                                                                                          2. AngelNV Pitch Competition
                                                                                          3. Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition
                                                                                          4. CoinAgenda Global 2021 plus BitAngels Pitch Day
                                                                                          5. Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event
                                                                                          6. LevelUp
                                                                                          7. MoneyPitch
                                                                                          8. Pitch Startup To VC's Panel & Get Feedback
                                                                                          9. StartUpNV Pitch Day for $50k
                                                                                          10. The $100,000 Veteran Pitch Competition
                                                                                          11. UNLV Pitch!
                                                                                          12. Urban Chamber of Commerce Business Pitch Competition
                                                                                          13. X Co Demo Day

                                                                                        3. Growth Stage

                                                                                        Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

                                                                                        A. Recognition

                                                                                        • Las Vegas Investor Networking:  Events and groups that connect professional investors with founders.
                                                                                          1. Angel Investment Network
                                                                                          2. Angel Investors Network
                                                                                          3. AngelNV
                                                                                          4. Gathering of Angels
                                                                                          5. Hope-OS
                                                                                          6. Las Vegas Angel Investors
                                                                                          7. Industrial Hemp Research Foundation
                                                                                          8. The Venture Capitalist Viewpoint
                                                                                          9. Top Doctor Angels
                                                                                          10. Vegas Private Equity Investors
                                                                                        • Major Media: Mainstream local business press that often showcase local startups.
                                                                                          1. Innovation & Tech Today
                                                                                          2. Las Vegas Business Press
                                                                                          3. Las Vegas Review-Journal
                                                                                          4. Las Vegas Sun News
                                                                                          5. Las Vegas Weekly
                                                                                          6. Nevada Business Magazine
                                                                                          7. Vegas Inc.

                                                                                        B. Funding

                                                                                        • Las Vegas Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-vcs.
                                                                                          1. Aaron Jakobs
                                                                                          2. Augustin Ku
                                                                                          3. Austin Mao
                                                                                          4. Bill Murray
                                                                                          5. Bill Payne
                                                                                          6. Bob Burdett
                                                                                          7. Charles A. Watson Jr (C.J.)
                                                                                          8. Heather Wilde
                                                                                          9. Mark C. Layton
                                                                                          10. Michael Sassano
                                                                                          11. Spencer Yang
                                                                                          12. Thorsten Jaeckel
                                                                                          13. Tim Lozott
                                                                                          14. Tim Stanley
                                                                                          15. William Mullaney
                                                                                        • Las Vegas Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
                                                                                          1. Battle Born Growth
                                                                                          2. Electrum Partners LLC
                                                                                          3. FundNV
                                                                                          4. Golden One Ventures
                                                                                          5. Implistic Capital
                                                                                          6. RAA Ventures
                                                                                          7. Rebel Venture Fund
                                                                                          8. Redhills Ventures
                                                                                          9. RMR Capital
                                                                                          10. Valtus Capital Group
                                                                                          11. VTF Capital

                                                                                        C. Growth

                                                                                        • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
                                                                                          1. Allstate
                                                                                          2. CityFeet
                                                                                          3. Easy Offices
                                                                                          4. Farmers Insurance
                                                                                          5. G&A Partners
                                                                                          6. Instant Offices
                                                                                          7. Liberty Mutual
                                                                                          8. LiquidSpace
                                                                                          9. LoopNet
                                                                                          10. OfficeSpace
                                                                                          11. Progressive
                                                                                          12. PropertyShark
                                                                                          13. Randstad
                                                                                          14. Regus
                                                                                          15. SOLVHR
                                                                                          16. State Farm
                                                                                          17. SW HR Consulting
                                                                                          18. The Hartford
                                                                                        • Expansion: Las Vegas Growth accelerators and consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
                                                                                          1. Berkeley Research Group
                                                                                          2. Deloitte
                                                                                          3. Ernst & Young
                                                                                          4. FTI Consulting
                                                                                          5. KPMG
                                                                                          6. Mercer
                                                                                          7. PwC
                                                                                          8. Seraph
                                                                                          9. She's Got Her OWN Network
                                                                                          10. Stantec

                                                                                        4. Las Vegas Startup Success Stories

                                                                                        Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

                                                                                          1. Alpha Paw
                                                                                          2. Bally Technologies
                                                                                          3. Beerwulf.com
                                                                                          4. Caesars Entertainment
                                                                                          5. CheckiO
                                                                                          6. Cobot Nation
                                                                                          7. CrowdHall
                                                                                          8. Gryphon Digital Mining
                                                                                          9. Influential
                                                                                          10. Jobhive
                                                                                          11. LaunchKey
                                                                                          12. Moveline
                                                                                          13. OrderWithMe
                                                                                          14. Pigeonly
                                                                                          15. Playstudios
                                                                                          16. Primeloop (acquired by RetargetLinks)
                                                                                          17. Rimini Street
                                                                                          18. Teamly
                                                                                          19. Walls360
                                                                                          20. Zappos

                                                                                        Supporters


                                                                                        To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

                                                                                        1. Las Vegas Startup Leaders

                                                                                        Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

                                                                                          1. Brandie Feuer
                                                                                          2. Bryan Lord
                                                                                          3. Chris Foltz
                                                                                          4. Christina Aldan
                                                                                          5. Dave Burlin
                                                                                          6. Heather Brown
                                                                                          7. Jaron Lukas
                                                                                          8. Joshua Leavitt
                                                                                          9. Justin McVay
                                                                                          10. Kane Clamage
                                                                                          11. Leanna Jenkins
                                                                                          12. Leith Martin
                                                                                          13. Logan Brown
                                                                                          14. Michael Lee Sherwood
                                                                                          15. Piotr Tomasik
                                                                                          16. Russell Brand

                                                                                        2. Las Vegas Government Startup Resources

                                                                                        Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

                                                                                          1. City of Las Vegas Economic Development
                                                                                          2. DTP Las Vegas
                                                                                          3. Innovate Vegas
                                                                                          4. Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                          5. Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
                                                                                          6. Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                          7. Nevada SBDC
                                                                                          8. Urban Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                          9. Vegas Chamber

                                                                                        3. Talent

                                                                                        Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

                                                                                        • Local Las Vegas Tech Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
                                                                                          1. College of Southern Nevada
                                                                                          2. Nevada State College
                                                                                          3. University of Nevada Las Vegas
                                                                                        • Las Vegas Tech Employers
                                                                                          1. Amazon
                                                                                          2. Aristocrat Technologies
                                                                                          3. Cisco
                                                                                          4. Cox Communications
                                                                                          5. Expedia
                                                                                          6. Google
                                                                                          7. IBM
                                                                                          8. Microsoft
                                                                                          9. Scientific Games
                                                                                          10. Siemens
                                                                                          11. TELUS International
                                                                                          12. Tesla
                                                                                          13. Zappos
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                                                                                        Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Las Vegas Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

                                                                                        Are you looking to build a startup in Las Vegas? Then apply to the Southwest Founder Institute today

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