Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a UNLV student to participate in RebelForge?

Yes, the RebelForge program is limited to students who are currently enrolled at UNLV and are in good academic standing. If you are an alumni, community member, industry partner, or are otherwise looking to engage with UNLV regarding entrepreneurship and innovation, please visit the UNLV Office of Economic Development website for more information.

Are there any specific types of business ideas required to be accepted into the RebelForge program?

No, the sky’s the limit! We will take any and all application submissions, whether your idea is a “mom and pop” startup or a highly technological venture, just as long as you’re a UNLV student looking to start your own business.

When can I apply?

With RebelForge you never have to worry about missing application deadlines, applications are accepted on an ongoing basis so we are always ready to hear your great idea! The application takes less than 10 minutes to complete because we get it, you’re a busy college student with a lot of responsibilities so we want to make the process as easy and convenient as possible. All you have to do is fill out the online application form and wait for us to contact you.

Do I have to give up any equity or ownership of my business or idea to participate in RebelForge?

No, students will retain all rights to their businesses and intellectual property. RebelForge is a service provided to UNLV students to support their dreams and aspirations of creating their own startups… the tagline says it all: Forging the next great generation of world-changing entrepreneurs and innovators!

How do I know that my business idea will remain confidential?

All RebelForge team members have signed confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements so you can rest assured that your ideas will remain safe with us! Of course that still means you have to do your part in protecting your “secret sauce,” but the program will also assist with non-disclosure agreements when engaging with third-parties as needed.

Do I need to write a business plan?

No, we accept businesses or ideas at all stages. RebelForge makes funding decisions based on the idea itself and the application form provided. If you need assistance with writing a business plan, you can request free business counseling from the Nevada Small Business Development Center for help.

Can I apply more than once?

Absolutely, we actually encourage applicants to apply multiple times. We understand starting a business is an ongoing process. Whether you made a few adjustments to your original project or came up with a new idea entirely, we want to hear about it! However, please keep in mind students and teams are only allowed one active project at a time.

How will I know if my project is selected to be a part of the RebelForge program?

After you’ve submitted an application via the online intake form, our internal team will review your application for accuracy. Application submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis but there are a limited number of spots in the program so preference will be given to the most well-thought out ideas and concepts. If your project is selected, a member of the RebelForge team will contact you to begin the onboarding process.