Don’t be guilty of the #1 startup failure–failing to start! Get started this week with one of the many opportunities detailed below that will help you move your company forward!

We interrupt this week’s Startup Digest for an important public service announcement: Today is the last day to submit your application for Impact Venture Capital’s 2017 Entrepreneurs Showcase Accelerator. The program provides 8 weeks of intensive education and mentoring sessions to help you refine your business model, hone your pitch, and prepare to take the stage in front of investors on Demo Day. There is no fee to attend this program — the costs in part are covered by a City of Sacramento RAILS grant. Don’t delay — apply now!

This Week’s Best Bets
The 2-day Startup Grind Global conference starts on Tuesday in Redwood City. Tickets are still available but if you can’t take the time to attend the entire conference, the main stage events will be live streamed here.

Placer County! 1 Million Cups is coming your way this Wednesday! Hacker Lab Rocklin is hosting this weekly morning meetup at their new location. If you haven’t been to 1MC yet because you didn’t want to brave the morning rush hour commute to Sacramento, here’s your chance to check out this awesome startup community! As always, attendance is free and coffee is served!

On Thursday, UCD Venture Catalyst is hosting a free presentation (free lunch too!) in Sacramento — Just Do It – The Number One Cause of Startup Failure is Failing to Start. Douglas Crawford, Managing Director at Mission Bay Capital, will share his multi-faced model for transforming life science research into commercial success. Advance registration is required.

Plan Ahead
Next week, StartupSac Happy Hour is back on 2/28 at The Red Rabbit. And it just so happens to be Fat Tuesday (do you need any more reason to celebrate?)! If you missed the inaugural Happy Hour last month, you won’t want to miss this one! The cofounders from Gymhit, who recently completed 500 Startups, will be our AMA (ask me anything) guests.

Also on 2/28, but in the morning, Impact VC is offering Marketing Office Hours. Schedule your free 30 minute marketing and branding appointment with Aaron Heinrich by emailing Natalie. Space is limited so don’t delay! Details here.

There’s lots of great stuff going on in the tech startup community–check out the details below. If you’ve organized (or know about) an event we have not included, please submit it here for consideration. And for even more startup information, happenings and resources, visit the StartupSac Website.

P.S. There were a ton of events on the calendar this week. We didn’t include all of them in the Digest because, well, then it wouldn’t be a “digest!” You can check them out on the online calendar here.