UNLV business incubator seeks to nurture young entrepreneurs

At an office complex just east of the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV students are diligently working to bring new business ideas to life.

One group is working on a sports betting innovation, while another is pursuing a food security idea.

“New companies, like what could spring up from this incubator, would help to diversify our economy,” said Robert Rippee, executive director of the UNLV business incubator at the Hughes Center.

“We could change everything from tax revenues to the perception of the labor market in Las Vegas. There would be a lot of benefits from incubating new companies here,” Rippee said.

The role of the incubator is to help bridge the gap between an entrepreneurial idea and turning that idea into a viable business. It is a public-private collaboration between UNLV and EQ Office, Blackstone Inc.’s real estate investment company.

EQ Office owns some 80 office properties, including the 68-acre, 1.5 million-square-foot Hughes Center…

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