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Black Fire Innovation

A public-private partnership between Caesars Entertainment Corporation and UNLV that will fuel gaming and hospitality innovation.

Black Fire InnovationTM brings one of the nation’s top research institutions and the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider together in one space to develop quick-to-market solutions that will move the hospitality industry forward. Black Fire InnovationTM will create a collaborative, synergistic environment designed to spark strategic partnerships, advance research, elevate student learning and entrepreneurship, and highlight an emerging workforce trained to excel in a rapidly evolving industry. The business incubator will house a replica resort with dedicated software development and maker spaces, advanced supercomputing access, business acceleration activities, training opportunities, and living hospitality and gaming labs.

Black Fire InnovationTM will open in the third quarter of 2019 in a state-of-the-art research building in the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park. It will inhabit a floor and a half (43,000 square feet) of the debut innovation building at the park and contain:

  • Fully-equipped resort amenities, including a commercial kitchen, casino floor, hotel rooms, esports arena, VR lab, and sportsbook.
  • Private offices and conference rooms.
  • Collaboration and co-working space.
  • Classrooms and presentation facilities.


To get involved in Black Fire InnovationTM, please contact: