Author: Jeff Bennett

Be the Solution: Hack4Sac Civic Tech Challenge

Have an idea for a great app for Sacramento County? Share your ideas with local tech innovators! Bring your ideas and skills to Sacramento County’s first-ever Hack4Sac event and help develop new solutions that will improve customer service and help residents and businesses access our services. The six-week project will bring talent together with ideas and real-life needs of residents; invited are community advocates, business owners, residents, coders, developers, writers, analysts, graphic designers and innovators. The Hack4Sac Challenge aims to combine people’s ideas with IT specialists and Sacramento County’s Open Data to create a software app or concept that...

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Sacramento State of the City Address Bullish on Sacramento Startup Ecosystem

Great news for Sacramento’s startup ecosystem from last night’s State of the City Address by Mayor Kevin Johnson. In his last address, Johnson announced several big ideas that will help to boost Sacramento’s growing startup scene. The local news media and Twitter have been abuzz with the news. As best as I can piece together, here’s a recap of the startup-related news from the address. Mayor proposes: Creating a “Mayor’s Innovation Office” focused on helping startups Investing $1 million from new city innovation fund into Sacramento startups $500,000 to fund small grants for organizations that “grow and train entrepreneurs”...

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Save the Date – Startup Weekend Health Edition

We haven’t formally released a press release and we’re still in the very early stages of planning, but things are starting to get rolling for Sacramento’s next Startup Weekend event. The theme for this next event will be health and healthcare. So, if you’d like to impact health, medical devices, healthcare IT, wearables, biotech, fitness, mobile health, biomedical research & technology, pharma or anything health-related, save the dates of April 29 – May 1. We’re not quite ready to publicize the exact venue yet, but it will be held in downtown Sacramento. Keep up to date with the latest announcements about...

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Introduction to Human Centered Design: A Hands-On Workshop for Healthcare

You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry riper for change than healthcare. And in this immensely complex environment, new perspectives, ideas and tools are vital in helping usher that much needed change. At the next Health 2.0 Sacramento event, attendees will experience an exciting hands-on workshop to explore the possibilities of using human-centered design to develop innovative solutions to transform the healthcare environment. Participants will learn the basics of design, how it’s used both inside and outside of healthcare–in concert with LEAN principles–and have the opportunity to try the process for themselves! Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 6:30 PM...

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7 Startup Nuggets from Last Night’s Sacramento Startup Grind

If you missed last night’s Startup Grind at the Urban Hive in Midtown, you missed a great interview with Mike Hart, CEO of Sierra Energy. Here’s a few key takeaways from the evening. “The Sacramento chapter of Startup Grind is one of the top 10 Startup Grind chapters in the world.” ~Rich Forman, CEO, Apptology “Being a non-tech CEO/founder of a tech company can be an advantage because you don’t have preconceived ideas about technical limits.” ~Mike Hart “Sacramento is the green hub of America. It’s the place to be if you’re doing clean tech. There’s no other place that has...

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Venture Catalyst to Host a Spring Federal Grant Workshop Series

According to a recent newsletter, UC Davis Venture Catalyst will be offering a four-session workshop on Small Business Innovation Research grants in the spring of 2016.  This series will help participants navigate the application process for the competitive federal grant program that presents startup companies the opportunity to obtain non-dilutive funding to conduct research and development activities that have the potential for commercialization.  More information to come, but interested parties should save the dates for February 22, March 7, March 21, and April 4 from 5:30 to 8:00...

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January Startup Events

Happy New Year everyone! With the new year there’s fresh, new opportunities to get involved in Sacramento’s startup scene. Here’s a few events already schedule for this month. January 7 Defining Your Customer and the Market — Big Bang! Mixer and Workshop A key element in developing a viable business is clearly articulating the problem you are solving and your proposed solution. Ken McGuire will show you how to develop your initial key elements to define your business: the problem, solution, and elevator pitch. Ken is president and CEO of Innovations Health. He earned his MBA from the UC Davis...

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2015 Sacramento Startup Scene Year in Review

Notable developments in Sacramento’s startup scene in 2015. It’s been a busy year in the Sacramento startup community with a number of news items worthy of celebration. Here’s a look back at some notable developments in Sacramento’s startup scene in 2015. January UC Davis launches its Innovation Institute for Food and Health   February Hacker Lab opens an office in Rocklin   March Startup Hour, a new TV show (still in production) came to town on March 31 and a number of Sacramento startups pitched for the show.   April Local teams reached for the stars at NASA Space Apps...

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Startup Grind Hosts Mike Hart on January 12

The Sacramento chapter of Startup Grind will continue its series of monthly events in 2016, kicking things off on Tuesday, January 12 with Mike Hart from Sierra Energy. Get Tickets About Mike Hart Successful entrepreneur and visionary, Mike Hart, is an articulate and engaging speaker who’s been invited to speak at the White House, the Pentagon,Industry and Greentech Conferences, to name a few. Mike is the President and CEO of Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company he founded in 2004. Mr. Hart also serves as the CEO of the Sierra Railroad Company, providing passenger and freight...

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Startup Weekend Video

If you missed one of our Startup Weekends this year and you’re still wondering what these 54 hour events are like, check out this video from a New York Startup Weekend to get a feel for what goes on. Startup Weekend NYC from Alex Tarhini on Vimeo. Are you fired up now for the next Startup Weekend here in Sac? Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks about our next event, a Startup Weekend Health Edition this coming...

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