Author: Jeff Bennett

Insights on Financing for Early Stage Startups

Venture Catalyst Knowledge Exchange Presents: Insights on Financing for Early Stage Startups From their perspective in engaging with early stage startups, John Lee and Erik Adcock from SVB’s Early Stage Practice will discuss fundraising market trends and the role of venture debt in startup financing. Featuring: John Lee is Vice President,  Early Stage Practice, Silicon Valley Bank. Erik Adcock, is Associate – Early Stage Practice, Silicon Valley Bank. Free for UC Davis Faculty, Students, and Staff as well as the general public WHEN: August 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. WHERE: UC Davis Office of Research 1850 Research...

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A New Startup Accelerator Comes to Sactown: Founder Institute

Need more proof that the Sacramento startup ecosystem is growing? For the last few months, the hard-working crew of Founder Institute Sacramento have been holding a series of free startup workshops and events to explore the viability of launching the Founder Institute in Sacramento. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries and 170 cities, Founder Institute is an idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program that provides participants a structured process, constant feedback and evaluation from expert mentors, and global network of entrepreneurs that are needed to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is...

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Square One Clubs Is Open for Business and Accepting New Members

Square One Clubs is a brand new co-working space that is now open in East Sacramento! We have office space available for rent as well as a training room, club space for events, a conference room and a studio where independent film makers, actors, video and sound editors, and more can work on their projects. The concept for Square One Clubs originated from needs in our own local developer community. Over the last five years, the Sacramento Developer Collective (formerly known as IGDA Sacramento) has supported our growing community with successful programs, such as the Progressive Game Jam and the Sacramento Indie Arcade. Our vision at Square One Clubs is...

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How to Start a Startup in Sacramento

Sacramento has a fast growing startup ecosystem, and entrepreneurs here are lucky to have so many resources available to help them in their journey. However, many people don’t know about all of the resources available, the differences between them, or what resources are right for them. At “How to Start Up in Sacramento”, Founder Institute will gather representatives from different Sacramento entrepreneurial organizations, and top local entrepreneurs, to outline the local resources and provide tips on how to build a startup in Sacramento. WHEN: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:30pm – 8:30pm WHERE:  James W. Sweeney & Associates 1100 11th St....

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Support StartupSac & Innovation in Sacramento

Since its inception, StartupSac has been a passion project to grow the Sacramento startup and innovation community and support local entrepreneurs.  But creating content for the site, connecting entrepreneurs, organizing events, and everything else we do takes a lot of time and limited resources constrain what we can do, so we rely on community support to enable us to continue to serve the community. There are a number of ways you can help us to continue providing the content, organizing events, and building the Sacramento startup and innovation ecosystem. We are grateful for any contribution or show of support you can offer. Below...

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Sacramento Summer Sizzle – This Week’s Sacramento Startup Happenings

I hope everyone had a relaxing Independence Day holiday. Launching and running startups is a ton of work but it’s important to take a break occasionally and recharge your batteries. Laura Good is doing just that this week as she takes an “unplugged” camping vacation in the Sierras. The heat of summer is on and people are out enjoying the outdoors and recreating. The startup events here in Sacramento are a little lighter than usual this week but if you’re itching for a startup-related event we’ve still got you covered.   This Week’s Best Bets The main event this...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Jordan Darling, Founder of Free Form Factory

As with so many startup company founders, Jordan Darling’s motivation for launching  what would become his innovative business came from a personal pain point. As an avid jet skier, Jordan had just purchased a brand new jet ski and was eager to take it out. The day after purchasing he bailed on a backflip and ended up destroying his brand new jet ski. At the same time as a mechanical engineering student he was given an assignment to come up with a plastics product that isn’t traditionally made out of plastics. As a result he developed a new plastic to...

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Apps for Ag Hackthon is Now FREE to Participate!

Great news for any food, agriculture, and technology innovators and entrepreneurs out there looking to earn some serious prize money and do some social good as well. The Apps for Ag Hackthon is Now FREE to Participate! Join the Apps for Ag Hackathon at Urban Hive in Midtown Sacramento the evening of July 28th, then all day July 29-30 for your chance to win $10,000 (plus other prizes) and build an innovative solution in two and half fun and productivity-filled days. What are the organizers looking for in this hackathon? They’re looking for passionate technologists, growers, and innovators to come together, define problems,...

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Last Chance to Get Your StartupSac Launch T-Shirt

Get your official StartupSac T-shirt to help fund the StartupSac’s work to grow the Sacramento startup community!   We recently reopened our T-shirt crowdfunding on Bonfire But, time is running out to get your own awesome T-shirt that shows that you support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Sacramento region. So, grab a limited edition StartupSac T-shirt before the campaign closes tomorrow. Like most crowdfunding campaigns, we need to hit our minimum goal in order for the T-shirts to get made and shipped. If this campaign is successful, orders will start shipping on July 11th. Don’t Delay!   Get your official StartupSac T-shirt and...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Tapp That App Founder Charlie Hinojosa

There’s an app for that. Smartphone apps have become an essential part of our daily lives. Right now you’ve probably got dozens installed on our smartphones and there’s new apps coming out every day with the intent to improve some aspect of our lives. In fact, so many new smartphone apps come out each day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all and find the ones that you’ll really use. Folsom-based startup, Tapp That App has set out to solve the problem of mobile app discovery by combining social networks with app marketplaces. By doing so they...

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