Are you new to the Sacramento area and looking to get involved in the local startup community? Or maybe you’ve been here awhile but you’ve recently developed an entrepreneurial desire burning inside and you want to start networking with others in the Sacramento startup community? Well, I’ve got good news for you. It’s super easy to plug into Sacramento’s startup ecosystem. But if you’ve just moved here from Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, or one of those other established but expensive startup hubs you may need some directions on where to go to tap into the talent, resources, and collaborative community we have going on here.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s my top five (currently) places to plug into the Sacramento startup community.

The Urban Hive


In addition to being a very cool coworking space, The Urban Hive is home to several monthly startup-focused events such as Startup Grind and Meetup events like the Sacramento Javascript Meetup (Sac JS), and Code for Sacramento. Startup grind happens every second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Sac JS happens each fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, and Code for Sacramento happens most Wednesday’s at 7:00pm at The Urban Hive (though it is occasionally held at Hacker Lab).

Hacker Lab


Part maker space, part coworking space the Hacker Lab hosts a ton of great education and training events every month as well as hosting startup- and tech-focused Meetup groups. Keep an eye on their event calendar to find interesting events.



Innogrove, a recent coworking space addition in the suburb community of Elk Grove is also home to a great series of startup- and tech-focused training events. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest on what’s being offered.

Impact VC


If you want to hear startup pitch each week, hear great advice from others in the startup community, or you’d like to contribute your startup knowledge, all over coffee and great views of Sacramento from one of downtown’s tallest buildings then check out 1 Million Cups Sacramento each Wednesday morning at 9:00.

Startup Digest


Ok, technically this isn’t a geographic destination you can go. But if you want to get the weekly scoop on where to go each week to get your Sacramento startup fix, you have to subscribe to the Sacramento Startup Digest. Curated and written primarily by Sacramento’s startup cheerleader extraordinaire Laura Good, with some minor help and contribution from myself, this newsletter in your inbox every Monday morning is your best bet to stay informed on upcoming events in the community. Sign up for free.

While the above are my current top five places to go to get plugged in to Sacramento’s startup community, keep in mind that our ecosystem is growing and evolving quickly. There are a few new planned destinations that will be opening their doors in the next few months such as I/O Labs downtown and SacWork, a new coworking space opening soon in midtown. So, keep an eye out here for news about any new places to get plugged in to Sacramento’s startup community.