The Biggest Little Startup Fair

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
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All the typical parts of a career fair are not at all descriptive of the Biggest Little Startup Fair.

“You talk and mingle—it’s just a conversation—different than a usual job fair,” said Marcie Iannacchione, Career Center Program Coordinator. “It’s outdoors so it will be beautiful, and there is a live DJ, heavy appetizers and drinks so it will be a fun, relaxing evening.”

The Biggest Little Startup Fair is a cooperative effort between 30 Reno startup companies, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), the University of Nevada, Reno, and Truckee Meadows Community College.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever collaborated on an event like this; it’s a great partnership towards getting students information about the Reno startups and their employment needs,” she said. “This is one of the best networking events for college students.”

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 6, 5–7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Aces Ballpark, Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans St.
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVPs are welcome

All three mascots; Wizard the Lizard, Wolfie and the Aces' Archie will be there for photo ops. Students will meet potential employers and find out about volunteer opportunities, internships and job openings.

“The event will offer students awareness of the new startup companies in the community,” Iannachione said. “Many will have some volunteer or internship opportunities. Even if they don’t have a job opening at the moment, students can find out a lot about the companies for applying there in the future.”

Greater Nevada Field is about one quarter mile from the main RTC Transit Reno Bus Terminal.

“Startups are totally unique in how they hire; they’re different from big corporations,” she said. “Working in a startup is different, too. You learn to wear all types of hats."

The Fair’s Origins

UNR Reynolds School of Journalism, EDAWN, the City of Reno, Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network and the Riverwalk Merchants Association held the first Biggest Little Startup Fair at West Street Market in May, 2014.

“I’ve been partnering with EDAWN—our Career Center wanted to collaborate with new startups in the Reno-Sparks area and EDAWN expressed an interest with TMCC to partner with UNR in this event,” Iannacchione said. “It’s turning out to be a great community collaboration.”

This year’s Fair is sponsored by EDAWN, UNR’s Career Studio, and the TMCC Career Center. Shyla Pheasant is Program Manager of Entrepreneurial Development at EDAWN.

For more information about the Biggest Little Startup Fair, contact Marcie Iannacchione in the Career Center at 775-337-5618.