Author: Jeff Bennett

Startup Pitch Bootcamp: Learn How to Pitch from Top Entrepreneurs

If you have a strong idea that could be pitched more clearly, then join Founder Institute for the Startup Pitch Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your pitching skills and understand the components of a great pitch, providing plenty of practice until you get it right. Pitching is a key skill of every successful entrepreneur. How do you communicate your business clearly to employees, customers, and investors? What are some common pitching mistakes that make you look inexperienced? What is the best way to pitch your business? When: Tuesday, August 8, 6:30pm Where: ...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: HomeZada Co-founder Elizabeth Dodson

Elizabeth Dodson caught the startup bug working for a Sacramento startup, Meridian Systems, a maker of commercial construction management software that has since been acquired. Working with software that managed commercial construction and buildings led her to an insight – there had to be a better way to manage her house. She bounced the idea off of her two cofounders, John Bodrozic and David Ing, who also worked at Meridian, and they all came to the same independent conclusion – there was a need and there was nothing out there in the market to meet that need. So on...

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StartupSac Happy Hour Returns August 2

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…, so you’ll (hopefully) excuse us as we dropped the ball on StartupSac Happy Hour for the month of July. But, if you’re craving a startup happy hour event we’re going to see if we can pull one off next week. In fact, we’re going to say that it wasn’t that we got busy and didn’t get the end of the month happy hour organized. Rather, we’re going with the story that we were planning to pivot a bit and switch StartupSac Happy Hour to the beginning of the month. Furthermore, in addition to...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Deema Tamimi of Giving Garden & Apps for Ag

Giving Garden Growing communities around food and food around communities Last summer, Deema Tamimi and her husband Josh Livni were looking to get involved with the local food and ag scene. They heard about an upcoming hackathon, Apps for Ag and signed up, not necessarily expecting to participate the whole weekend but primarily to meet people in the food and ag scene. As the event opened however and opening pitches started she saw that no other women were pitching ideas. This motivated her to get up and pitch an idea she had in mind – Giving Garden. As it...

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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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