Leith Martin

Executive Director, Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Venture Capital, Community Engagement


Leith Martin is the executive director of the Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Lee Business School.

As director, Martin oversees various entrepreneurship programs — such as the Rebel Venture Fund, the UNLV National Science Foundation I-Corps program, and the academic entrepreneurship curriculum — that are tasked with offering entrepreneurial insight and establishing key relationships with stakeholders within the Las Vegas startup community and beyond.

Martin's expertise in entrepreneurship comes from personal experience. He turned down lucrative job offers after college to join startup global steel supplier Turnipseed International then went on to co-found the Las Vegas-based tech company EQUIINET. Martin served executive roles in both startup companies, expanding operations to India, China, and Western Europe.

He joined UNLV in January 2016. 


  • Owner/President Management Program, Harvard Business School
  • M.B.A., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama

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Leith Martin In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 23, 2020
More than 250 entrepreneurs and inventors are competing to create a solution that can help the hospitality, entertainment and travel industries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the potential of seeing their idea brought to market.
June 12, 2020
The hospitality and tourism industries have clearly been hit hard by the Coronavirus crisis. There are questions about how hotels, restaurants, sports and entertainment venues and airlines will come back from the pandemic. The Lee Business School at UNLV wants to know what you think will be the new normal. The school is even offering a big prize for your help. A member of the business school joined us this morning to talk about the competition.
Las Vegas Review Journal
August 24, 2019
Kent Young started Spin Games in 2013. Since then, the Reno-based digital gaming company has expanded to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe, and it is continuing to enter new markets.
Las Vegas Review Journal
September 17, 2018
Building a startup is no easy task. But the heads of Ross & Snow said Las Vegas’ downtown startup community has made all the difference.

Articles Featuring Leith Martin

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Business and CommunityJanuary 12, 2020
Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Director Leith Martin on professional mentorship, growing entrepreneurship on campus, and the value of experience.
PeopleJune 13, 2016
The entrepreneurial spirit of Las Vegas drew Leith Martin to town, but it’s his family that keeps him here.