Author: Jeff Bennett

How to Raise $1,000,000 with Equity Crowdfunding Explained by Manny Fernandez

Part 2 in a series of videos from CleanStart’s crowdfunding workshop. In this second in a series of videos from the CleanStart, crowdfunding workshop, Manny Fernandez, cofounder and CEO of DreamFunded, explains to the audience how to raise $1,000,000 with equity crowdfunding.     About CleanStart’s Crowdfunding workshop In this workshop, CleanStart explored both equity and rewards-based crowdfunding, with the goal to help founders determine if either crowdfunding option is the right choice. The workshop provided founders with expert advice on launching a successful crowdfunding campaign, complete with case studies of actual campaigns.   Video Series CleanStart’s Leveraging Crowdfunding to...

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CleanStart’s Leveraging Crowdfunding to Fuel Your Tech Startup Part 1: Gary Simon Intro

Part 1 in a series of videos from CleanStart’s crowdfunding workshop. Earlier this week, CleanStart, Sacramento’s clean tech incubator, held a workshop on crowdfunding. In this workshop, CleanStart explored both equity and rewards-based crowdfunding, with the goal to help founders determine if either crowdfunding option is the right choice. The workshop provided founders with expert advice on launching a successful crowdfunding campaign, complete with case studies of actual campaigns. The event lineup included Manny Fernandez, cofounder and CEO of DreamFunded, on How to Raise Money with Equity Crowdfunding, Chris Russell of Stoel Rives LLP talking about the legal requirements of crowdfunding, and Michael...

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An Interview with the Organizers of the Sacramento Innovation Awards

Now in it’s second year, the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards is a key component of the Sacramento startup and innovation community. The program was created as a way to recognize the area’s vibrant innovation community — from startups to established companies — and their breakthrough creations. The awards are organized by Stoel Rives with support from the Sacramento Business Journal and Moss Adams. In this episode of the StartupSac Podcast I met with the Stoel Rives organizing team, Jennifer Forester, Melissa Jones, and Chris Russell, at the Stoel Rives offices downtown to learn more about the program. Listen to or download...

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From Global to Local, AngelHack Heads Back to Sac!

Guest blog post by Kelsey Ruiz, PR and Media Relations Manager for AngelHack. I found my way into the wonderful world of startups at 24 years old, newly graduated, and excited about making a positive impact on the world. When I first joined AngelHack I didn’t know what a hackathon was (a 36-hour long coding competition), or realize the crazy journey that I was about to embark on that would take me all over the world. My first trip took me on a multi-country hackathon tour that started in England and ended in Switzerland. I learned the ins-and-outs of what...

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Applications Open for City Grant Program: $500K for Creative Economy Pilot Project

City of Sacramento is now accepting applications for grants of up to $25,000 for ideas that support the implementation of the Creative Economy Pilot Project. The Creative Economy Pilot Project is an initiative by the City of Sacramento to increase economic activity and improve public spaces through art, food, and technology initiatives. The City is offering $500,000 in microgrants up to $5,000 and larger grants up to $25,000 to support projects such as pop-up events, art installations, and street performances in Sacramento’s neighborhoods. In October 2016, then Mayor-elect Steinberg articulated his vision to make Sacramento a destination city through,...

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Silicon Valley Startup Accelerator Founder Institute Exploring Sacramento

In case you missed it, the Founder Institute is currently testing the demand for opening a new program in Sacramento. For those who aren’t familiar with Founder Institute, it’s a global idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program based in Silicon Valley with programs in 60 countries around the world with a mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs. According to Mariah Lichtenstern, a local alum of Founder Institute and founder of Cineshares and  DiverseCity Ventures, Sacramento has been on Founder Institute’s radar for awhile now. Mariah, along with her DiverseCity...

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AngelHack Global Hackathon Series Comes to Sacramento June 24-25

A key component you’ll find in successful startup ecosystems like Silicon Valley are hackathons – events where coders, designers, and entrepreneurs gather for a weekend flurry of caffeine-powered hacking and development. AngelHack is developer ecosystem, helping to drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands though its programs of global hackathons and is returning to Sacramento this month on June 24th and 25th for AngelHack Global Hackathon Series: Sacramento. When: Sat, Jun 24, 2017, 9:00 AM – Sun, Jun 25, 2017, 6:00 PM Where: The Urban Hive, 1931 H St Sacramento, CA 95811 Cost: $10 How does it work? At an AngelHack Series...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Magilla Co-founders Chris Meyer & Dean Sioukas

Like most business owners, Chris Meyer found the loan process tedious, impractical, and drawn out. In ten years of running various businesses, he obtained fourteen different loans. Each loan package he prepared required a couple months to prepare: three years of business and personal tax returns, a personal financial statement, and an application for each bank. He always wondered where all of his highly private information would end up; he couldn’t believe it was never returned. He thought there had to be a faster, more secure way to apply for a loan. So, Chris reached out to a dad...

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StartupSac Happy Hour with Ryan Norman and Jan Roos at Cilantros

There’s no getting around it, launching and running a startup is fraught with legal issues and challenges. Business formation, equity arrangements, stock issuance, NDAs, intellectual property,… the list goes on and on. If you’re a startup founder or even thinking about launching a startup you no doubt have legal questions that you’d like to ask an attorney. The next StartupSac Happy Hour will feature two Sacramento attorneys who are familiar faces in our startup ecosystem, Jan Roos and Ryan Norman from Norman Roos LLP. Join us on Thursday, June 29, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Cilantro’s  705 J Street and get answers to all your...

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Apps for Ag Hackathon

Calling food, agriculture and technology innovators and entrepreneurs from all corners of the state. Come together, create a team, define a problem and build the #AgTech, #FoodTech, #GreenTech application to solve it – in 48 hours! Pitch your concepts and tech to industry experts in front of a live audience and judges at the California State Fair! Date: July 28-30, Location: Sac/Davis Area 1st Place Prize: $10,000, tickets to the UC Davis Food & Ag Entrepreneurship Academy + other resources to help teams start their ventures 2nd Place Prize: $5,000 + other resources to help teams start their venture...

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