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EDAWN names VP of Entrepreneurial Development
by Tribune Staff
Jul 12, 2012 | 2010 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Doug Erwin
Doug Erwin

RENO — The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) welcomes Doug Erwin as the new Vice President for Entrepreneurial Development.

Erwin begins in his new position, working to coordinate the entrepreneurial ecosystem of northern Nevada as well as collaborate between the University of Nevada, Reno, other higher education institutions, the state Technology Commercialization Manager, Karsten Heise and private industry, on June 4.

Erwin has established and operated a series of startup companies ranging in industry from business intelligence and software development to medical diagnostics technology.

He began his career as a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and moved to Nevada in 1999. In 2005, Erwin was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year award for the State of Nevada, and has been recognized by the Kauffman Foundation for his fundraising strategy at Pria, one of his startups commercializing a point of care diagnostic technology developed at Stanford University, for which he raised $8 million in angel and corporate financing and established a partnership with a $2 billion consumer products company.

Most recently, Erwin co-founded Tahoe SUP, a designer and distributor of premium brand stand up paddle boards and accessories. Tahoe SUP rapidly established itself as the leader in flat water SUP market and has grown over 300 percent annually since inception.

In his new position, Erwin’s responsibilities include managing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Northern Nevada as well as assisting local small businesses and start-ups through their growth process. He will work with local incubation and start-up groups to help create new companies that will ultimately grow in the region and diversify the local economy. Within his position, Erwin will also act a liaison between private industry, the State of Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute, and other higher education entities to assist in technology transfer efforts.

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