Author: Jeff Bennett

Applications Now Open for Next Startup Hustle Bootcamp

Are you an early stage startup in the Sacramento region looking to build you entrepreneurial skills? Startup Hustle is an 9-Week Lean Startup Incubator designed to help participants launch a new startup. Their next cohort will be kicking off March 15 and applications are now open. You’ll need to submit your application by Jan 31 for early acceptance! Startup Hustle’s 9-week bootcamp builds entrepreneurial skills that will support you in the discovery and growth of your entrepreneurial journey. By enrolling in the program you gain access to methodology, assignments, guest speakers, and mentor connections that will stretch your ideas with...

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Aggie Innovation and Start-Up Symposium: Entrepreneurship Impacting People, Products, and Planet

The Aggie Innovation and Start-Up Symposium: Entrepreneurship Impacting People, Products, and Planet will take place on February 8, 2018, at the UC Davis Conference Center. This Symposium is a no-cost, daylong event designed to provide information and assistance to students who wish to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with access resources, mentors, business fundamentals and community stakeholders. The Symposium is open to the community, with a focus on the undergraduate population, particularly women and people of color. This event will culminate with a Campus and Community Resource Reception taking place from 4:45-6:00pm. The purpose of the Campus and Community Resource Reception is...

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Key Elements Sacramento’s Startup Ecosystem Needs to Thrive

In June, StartupSac cofounder Laura Good traveled to Kansas City to attend the EShip Summit, the Kauffman Foundation’s three day event convening diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem builders working to empower entrepreneurs and innovators in their communities. On her return she shared with me a copy of The EShip Summit Playbook, that, with some much needed holiday downtime, I finally had a chance to go through. There’s a lot of great information in this little booklet that we can apply to assessing and building our startup and innovation ecosystem here in the Sacramento region. On page 24, the playbook highlights what they...

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Get to Know Region’s CleanTech Companies at CleanStart Meetups

Sacramento CleanTech-focused nonprofit CleanStart has ambitious plans in 2018, including an effort to make our region’s Clean Tech and Sustainability startups more visible. According to their most recent newsletter, starting January 25th, they will be hosting monthly meetups to “let successful companies in our region tell their stories so that we all can learn about their technologies, what they are doing with them, and what experiences they have had from which we all can learn.” Check out the details below and click through to RSVP to the event to get to know some of Sacramento’s startups focused on energy...

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StartupSac Podcast Episode 2018.01 – What’s up in the Sacramento Startup Scene

A couple of weeks ago we relaunched the StartupSac podcast after a long hiatus. In that brief update episode I mentioned that we’d be doing a monthly episode where Laura Good and I give a rundown of what’s happening in the coming month as as well as any significant news that has taken place recently. For the first official episode of the year, Laura and I took a tour of CoWo Campus, a new coworking space opening in midtown next month, and sat down to rundown some upcoming events in the Sacramento startup community in the next month or...

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Interested in Machine Learning or Human-Centered Design?

If you follow the tech startup world at all you’ll no doubt have heard two terms used with increasing frequency in in recent years – Machine Learning and Human-Centered Design. If you’ve been intrigued but perhaps a bit intimidated about learning more about either or both of these, you need to check out two events in the coming weeks. Each time a Startup Weekend event is organized here in Sacramenot, the organizing team also organizes workshops ahead of the actual weekend event. These events are absolutely free and are highly relevant to entrepreneurs. The organizing team for the upcoming...

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StartupSac Happy Hour Returns January 31 with Rhombus Systems Cofounder Brandon Salzberg

StartupSac Happy Hour returns on Wednesday, January 31 with another guest entrepreneur ready to answer your startup, innovation, and entrepreneurial questions. Our guest entrepreneur this month will be Brandon Salzberg, cofounder and VP of Engineering at Rhombus Systems. Brandon and his cofounder Garrett Larsson launched their most recent startup a year ago. Rhombus Systems offers cloud-based video security systems that provide data analytics reports to its customers. Originally launched in Oakland, Rhombus relocated to Sacramento last summer. Both cofounders are Jesuit High School graduates and had been considering returning to Sacramento to be closer to their families and take advantage of Sacramento’s less...

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Four Upcoming Workshops for Early-Stage Startups

Did you make a New Year’s resolution that this would be the year you launched your own startup but you don’t have an idea yet? Or, maybe you’ve had an idea and you resolved to take that idea to the next level? Well, you’re in luck. Four new workshops in the next few weeks will cover topics such as; coming up with a startup idea, how to fund your tech startup, developing a Go-to-Market strategy, and defining and validating a business model for your startup. Check out the details on each of these below.   How to Fund Your...

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Bring your Idea and Jump into Entrepreneurship at Startup Weekend Women’s Edition

Did you know, between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. rose by 68%, twice the growth rate for men and nearly one and a-half times the rate for all companies, yet only about 7% of investor money goes to women-led startups. It’s time to change that statistic! The upcoming Startup Weekend Women’s Edition in Sacramento is aiming to increase that growth rate here locally and help women launch their business ideas into successful startups. If you’re not convinced that Startup Weekend can help you launch a successful business, just ask Cinde Dolphin, founder of Kili...

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FourthWave Female Founder Panel Discussion at Startup Grind

In 2017 I had the privilege to witness firsthand the launch of Sacramento as a female startup founder hub. A lot of people talk about equality in tech, including gender parity, but the number of people actually doing somthing about it is limited. Last year, as part of the City of Sacramento’s RAILS grant program a new female-founder focused accelerator, FourthWave, was launched. In my book, that launch gave the Sacramento startup community a turbo-charged boost in becoming a hub for female startup founders. FourthWave, originally known as Elevate Project, was the brainchild of LA’s Nancy Perlman who collaborated...

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