Young entrepreneur to keynote gala

Ben Casnocha, author of a memoir about an entrepreneurial life in Silicon Valley, will serve as keynote speaker of the awards dinner and gala that will cap the Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition on Thursday.

Casnocha is the author of "My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley." He began his career as a 14-year-old software entrepreneur.

The gala also will include presentation of winners in the statewide business plan competition among collegians. Nearly $200,000 in cash prizes are awarded in the event overseen by Nevada's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

The collegiate finalists include nine teams from the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as Sierra Nevada College and Truckee Meadows Community College. They were selected from a field of 91 teams from schools across the state that submitted business plans.

Winners will be selected among undergraduate and graduate teams. The Lt. Governor's Award sponsored by NV Energy provides cash awards for the best business plans involving green or energy-saving technology.

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