Classes.Vegas Wins 2019 Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition

Daniel Kipnis and Kaila Leavitt, winners of the 2019 Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition with Lieth Martin
May. 7, 2019


Classes.Vegas, a one-stop shop for employment training programs, including CPR certification, lifeguard certification, alcohol awareness cards, and fingerprinting, won the 2019 Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition on May 3, 2019. The contest, hosted by the Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the UNLV Lee Business School, was created to support aspiring entrepreneurs to grow new businesses in Southern Nevada.

Local entrepreneurs Daniel Kipnis, Steve Wolff, Kaila Leavitt, and Nestor Villa make up the Classes.Vegas management team. Kipnis, is the organization's founder and CEO as well as a UNLV alumnus. The team will use the $50,000 in cash and prizes to expand the offerings of Classes.Vegas which is currently located off Valley View and Desert Inn in Las Vegas.

The four other finalists of this year’s competition were, Chefery, NeuroReserve, and Sellout.

Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation operates as an administrative unit within the UNLV Lee Business School. As a center of excellence, the Troesh Center is focused on providing opportunities for students, faculty and the community to learn about entrepreneurship.

The center manages the entrepreneurship curriculum across the university, is a hub for entrepreneurship research, supports entrepreneurial activities in southern Nevada, and offers guidance to internal and external stakeholders on obtaining angel capital.

The center also arranges for a limited number of business ideas to be presented to Lee Business School students at the beginning of each fall semester. If accepted, LEE students build investor quality business plans for the projects over the course of an academic year.