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

Travel Weekly
November 17, 2020
With Nevada's tourism sector in free fall this past spring, the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Ted and Doris Lee Family Foundation looked to accelerate recovery with the May launch of the Lee School Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Travel Weekly
November 17, 2020
One-time-use, recyclable bed sheets; a durable cleaning robot; and a virus-capturing HVAC system were among the winners of the competition spearheaded by the Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 28, 2020
Five teams of entrepreneurs have been awarded $900,000 combined to help the hospitality, entertainment and travel industries recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wall Street Journal‎
October 22, 2020
Financial adviser Ana Raviña used to travel overseas almost every week of the year, hopping from one hotel to the next. As part of her job in international development, she regularly flew to Latin America and Africa. She also traveled widely around Europe to meet with donors, investors and clients.

Articles Featuring Leith Martin

Campus NewsNovember 5, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.
A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus NewsAugust 10, 2020
As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.
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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.