Author: Jeff Bennett

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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Sacramento Startup Asset: Lower Cost of Living

Many people may not realize that there are actually advantages to launching a startup here in Sacramento over San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and other startup hubs. A key asset that Sacramento has to offer over these other hubs is a much lower cost of living. As the chart below shows, the cost of living and doing business here is significantly lower than other startup ecosystems such as San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles. Your dollar goes further in Sacramento. Cost of Living Index of Startup Hubs Hover your mouse over bars for additional details. Source:...

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A Toast to Hustling, Accelerating, & Startup Weekends

In 2015 the Sacramento region was host to several events and programs geared to helping our region’s entrepreneurs launch their ideas. These ranged from Startup Weekends to more formal accelerator programs backed by VCs. Programs like these are a great way to help our local entrepreneurs launch their ideas. At this time of year it seems fitting to pay tribute to the local entrepreneurs who participated in these programs this year, sacrificing their time and resources in their entrepreneurial pursuits. Velocity Ventures Accelerator Velocity Venture Capital kicked off its 6th annual Entrepreneurs Showcase Fall Accelerator program,  a 10-week program that educates and...

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Former SARTA Programs Spinning Up

One of the biggest news items in the Sacramento startup community in 2015 has been the shuttering of SARTA, whose mission was “to accelerate the growth and development of technology companies and the technology sector in the Sacramento region.” It did so through several programs such as AgStart, MedStart, CleanStart, and the yearly TechEdge event. To the relief of many in the Sacramento tech and startup community, those programs will continue. The Sacramento Business Journal reported in October that AgStart is continuing in a new space in Woodland. They also reported yesterday that Sacramento-based Social Interest Solutions, is taking MedStart in-house...

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An Intro to Sacramento’s Startup Scene

If you’re new to the Sacramento area or you’re new to the startup world, you may not be aware of Sacramento’s thriving startup community. The global startup movement is growing and there are a lot of great opportunities to get in on that movement, meet others in the Sacramento startup community, and get involved with the revitalization of our region. Here’s a quick guide to introduce those new to the Sacramento startup scene to how they can get more involved. 1. Sign up for Sacramento Startup Digest There’s a lot going on here locally in the startup community and the best way...

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Sacramento Startup Weekend Teams Advance to Final Judging Round of Global Startup Battle

Two of the winning startup teams from the recent Startup Weekend Sacramento: Elk Grove Edition have just been notified that they are advancing to the final judging round of Global Startup Battle. The first place winning team, Invimma, is advancing to the final judging round for the both the Mobile Growth track and the Big Ideas track. Third place winning team, Team Play to Gather is advancing to the judging round of Global Startup Battle in the Disruptors and Innovators track. Congratulations to both teams and best of luck! Invimma is a software application for leaving video messages via a text...

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2016 Global Game Jam January 29 – 31, 2016

The International Game Developers Association Sacramento (@IGDA_Sacramento) is joining forces with the UC Davis Game Development Club to co-host the 2016 Global Game Jam at UC Davis Friday January 29, 2016 through Sunday, January 31, 2016. The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is like a 48 hour hackathon focused on game development. It’s the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity. To register, create an account on the IGDA Sacramento and register on their Meetup...

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InnoGrove Holiday Open House Celebration

Join us at Elk Grove’s First Coworking space as we welcome in the Holiday Season! Drop in between 5:00 and 7:30 pm to mingle with our innovative startup community! We’ll have appetizers and beverages to help you be merry! WHEN Monday, December 7, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PST) WHERE InnoGrove Coworking – 8153 Elk Grove Blvd. Suite 20. Elk Grove, CA 95758 Find out...

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