On Saturday, December 9th Entrepreneurs Assembly (EA) presented four Northern Nevada/California entrepreneurs with the 2017 EA awards hosted at the UNR Innevation Center.
The event began with attendees paying tribute to the late John Moran, former Executive Director of EA and current Chair of the EA Board of Directors, who recently passed away while on vacation in Mexico. The morning was dedicated to John’s commitment to helping entrepreneurs succeed. The first ever John Moran Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented in his honor.
The John Moran Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to a founder who demonstrated calm, steady leadership and perseverance through adversity. EA was pleased to announce Erin Ulcickas of South Lake Tahoe as the first recipient of this award.
For well over a year, Ulcickas worked steadily with the South Lake Tahoe EA chapter to develop her goals in opening an artists’ collective. After opening High Vibe Society Artisan Collective in the spring, Ulcickas revisited some underperforming revenue strategies with EA mentors and peers to create an innovative business plan. With this higher operational execution, it put her business in more alignment with market conditions. This resulted in dramatic improvements in revenue, local awareness, publicity, and overall business operations.
The 2017 EA Mentor of the Year was awarded to Carlo Luci from Carson City. Luci has been a dedicated mentor and facilitator since the EA Carson chapter launched in August of 2016. His diverse entrepreneurial and professional background gives him an uncanny ability to drill into a startup’s challenges, helping these organizations overcome challenges, focus, and ultimately thrive as a business. EA could not be as successful without dedicated mentors like Luci who make Northern Nevada a great place to build the next era of great companies!
The 2017 EA Entrepreneur of the Year was presented to Pavel Solin. Solin is the founder and CTO of NCLabs, a SaaS platform where young students can engage through gamification techniques to learn computer programming, 3D modeling, and other STEM subjects. When first introduced to EA, Pavel was a university math professor with a “cool” program. Solin now has a powerful team, 30,000 users, new partners signing up often, and Google funding. NCLabs is an exciting Nevada-built company with a very bright future of which EA is proud to consider EA family.
The last award of the night was the 2017 EA Chapter of the Year. This was gracefully handed over to the Carson City chapter at Adams Hub for Innovation as partner and host. Carson City EA was awarded this in its first full year of operation. Adams Hub has been responsible for a large majority of the resurgence of Carson as a vibrant business community, art mecca, and adventure destination. Thank you and congratulations to the partners and participants at Adams Hub.
The 2017 EA Awards was an amazing morning of entrepreneurial recognition and community. Check back in to Entrepreneurs Assembly for upcoming workshops in Reno, Carson City, Incline Village, South Lake Tahoe, Henderson and now Las Vegas.