Author: Jeff Bennett

2017/18 Big Bang! Business Competition Launches October 24

Big Bang!, the annual competition organized by UC Davis kicks off this year on Tuesday, October 24 with a networking mixer and keynote conversation, “From Big Bang! to Silicon Valley: An Entrepreneur’s Journey.” Each year, the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, puts on this program that offers the community the opportunity to collaborate, develop and test business visions and plans. Last year, for the first time, UC Davis opened up the competition to the broader community, meaning you don’t have to be a student or alumni to enter and participate. The competition is open to everyone in the Sacramento...

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How to Grow A Startup – The Foolproof Formula for Finding Product-Market Fit

  Finding product-market fit is essential to the success of a startup. The term, coined by entrepreneur and VC Mark Andreesen, was defined by him to mean: “Product/market fit means being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that market.” Essentially, does your product meet the needs of a market that is substantial enough to be profitable. Ideas are a dime a dozen and it’s easier than ever to start a company. But, what about growing one to be successful and profitable? That’s a lot tougher. In this workshop brought to you by UC Davis Venture...

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10X Sacramento: Building Innovative Companies through Founder Academy

Want to build the next great company? You’re not going to get there by thinking small! Come expand your mind for an evening with some big thinkers, learn how Elon Musk attacks a huge problem from First Principles, and learn more about how you can engage with Founder Academy to build that company right here in Sacramento. Become inspired to Think Big by Osama A. Hashmi, a Founder Academy Mentor, Entrepreneur and Author of the bestselling book Innovation Thinking Methods for Modern Entrepreneurs., In his keynote, Osama will reveal the secrets to 10x Thinking and unleash the power of...

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Fuel and Feed Del Paso Heights

In 2016 after a competitive bid process, Hacker Lab was selected to conduct an Entrepreneurship Feasibility Study on the potential of developing an entrepreneurship center and incubator concept, to be located in City Council District 2. This entrepreneurship center and incubator, if deemed feasible, will be designed with the intention of serving the needs of low to moderate income individuals from underserved communities. This month, Hacker Lab will be conducting outreach and engagement events in the community – specifically around engaging District 2 residents on the topics of entrepreneurship and technology: October 7 –  bringing an innovation center to...

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Join California Capital for Capital Region Tech Industry Day

Join California Capital for a special event highlighting the role of small tech firms driving enterprise and government innovation. California Capital  is hosting a series of 4 business mentorship roundtable events. The program will begin with four roundtable meetings between October 2017 and March 2018. The first event will be held on October 12 and will focus on the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector.  This event will highlight the role of small tech firms driving enterprise and government innovation.  This event will focus on networking, business mentorship and practical takeaways for developing business partnerships around real opportunities. When: Thu, October 12, 2017...

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Finalists Named in 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

Sixteen finalists have been selected in the second annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal. The awards program recognizes recent business innovations in six categories, honoring the people and organizations that advance new products, services and processes from the regional economy. Winners will be revealed during an awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Advanced Manufacturing CNC Machining Processes & Educational Platform by Titans of CNC Laser Solution for Medical Device Manufacturing by Aduro Laser Food & Agribusiness IoE (Internet of Earth) Platform by Athena Intelligence, Inc. Ribozyme Technology by Circularis Biotechnologies VOC-based Citrus Disease...

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CodeDay Sacramento: Inspire Students to Love Coding

Do you know a student that you’d like to see get excited about coding? Do you want to get involved in a program that will help to inspire enrollment in high school and college computer science programs? Well, we’ve got good news for you then. CodeDay is coming to Sacramento this November. CodeDay is a 24-hour non-profit event to inspire students to get interested in coding. At CodeDay, students pitch ideas for apps or games they want to see, then they spend the next 24 hours creating them with the help of staff and mentors. It’s an event intended...

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Disabled Veteran Business Alliance Recruiting for Incubator

Are you a veteran looking for a space in Sacramento set up your business and network with fellow entrepreneurs who are veterans? Did you know that there’s a non-profit organization right here in Sacramento with an incubator geared to helping veterans succeed as entrepreneurs? The Disabled Veteran Business Alliance (DVBA) is proud to be a part of the Valley Extends business incubator at McClellan Business Park in the Sacramento Valley.  They have eight spots in the DVBA Incubator for former servicemen and –women who want to be their own boss and start their own business.   For a nominal...

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Sacramento Region Innovation Awards Profile, Evolve BioSystems

In this episode of the StartupSac podcast, I met up with Tracy Shafizadeh, Director of Scientific Communications for Evolve Biosystems, to chat about this medical technology startup that won last year’s Sacramento Region Innovation Awards in the medical and health technology category. Evolve Biosystems is a privately held microbiome company dedicated to developing the next generation of products to establish, restore and maintain a healthy newborn gut microbiome. In this interview Tracy shares a bit about the origins of this Davis-based startup, their experience participating in last year’s Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, as well as innovation in the Sacramento region. Audio...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Clayton Porscha, Executive Director of ValleyExtends

The idea for Sacramento’s sales and marketing accelerator, Valley Extends, originated in a health club sauna where Executive Director Clayton Porscha met real estate developer Larry Kelly who owns McClellan Park. Subsequently, Clayton visited McClellan, and Kelly asked him what he thought. Clayton replied, “I’ll build a startup city. I’ll build something that’s impactful, let’s do it.” Fast forward to now and Valley Extends is a full service sales and marketing accelerator that helps companies grow, by offering services that impact operations such as – hiring, sales and marketing, back office, payroll and human resources – and they now...

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