Author: Jeff Bennett

Beta Testers Wanted – Sacramento Startup Ecosystem Circuit Board (beta)

For a few weeks now I’ve been working on an interactive visualization to represent the nodes and connections of the entities in the Sacramento startup ecosystem. Why? Because I believe that mapping out a city’s startup ecosystem can make it more transparent, accessible, and inviting to newcomers. It can also broaden the perspective of existing players in the community thereby expanding the general knowledge of the ecosystem, helping it become more inclusive, cohesive, and collaborative. This conceptual map of Sacramento’s startup ecosystem maps out the connections and relationships of the various entities in our region’s growing startup community. I’ve gotten as...

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Health 2.0 Sacramento Video: Engaging Patients with Mobile and Social Technology

Last Thursday a group of health and technology enthusiasts gathered at 3Fold Communications in Midtown for another Health 2.0 Sacramento meeting. In addition to lighting talks from winners of Startup Weekend and the UC Davis BigBang! competition, we heard from Dr. Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at University of California Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Dr. Kim’s research focuses on the use of information technology such as mobile, social, and distributed systems to improve care coordination, community health, and stakeholder-engaged research. Here’s the video of her presentation as well as the Q&A session afterwards. If you’re interested in...

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Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition Winning Team Presentations

Last week at Health 2.0 Sacramento featured lightning talks from two of the winning teams from Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition – PT Track and Dr. Herby. Though I brought along my video camera to record the event I didn’t have high expectations that the quality of the recording would be good enough to publish since I don’t currently have an external microphone. But they turned out better than I expected – not great – but good enough to hear and share. So, below are videos from the two Startup Weekend teams that presented at Health 2.0 Sacramento. Once...

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Mayor Announces Plans to Make Sacramento a Tech Leader

The momentum of Sacramento’s  startup scene continues to build. The most recent proof came yesterday morning at The Urban Hive in Midtown as Mayor Kevin Johnson elaborated on plans to boost Sacramento’s tech scene. Addressing a crowd of hackers as well as city and state workers, Mayor Johnson outlined key points of his funding initiatives to enable entrepreneurship in Sacramento. Innovation Growth Fund of $10 Million 1. Replenish $1 million every year 2. Rails Program: $1 million in grants of $25,000, $50,000 to projects that help foster and enable startups and entrepreneurship in Sacramento 2. City will invest $1 million in local companies $100,000, $150,000,...

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The Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

Know an innovation worthy of recognition? The Sacramento Region Innovation Awards program is the first of its kind in our area. This program celebrates the high level of innovation taking place in our community, and your nomination will help to highlight the individuals and companies creating innovative products and services that are making our work and our lives more streamlined. The Sacramento Business Journal is looking for innovations in six categories: Advanced Manufacturing, Food & Agribusiness, Hardware & Electronics, Medical & Health Technologies & Services, Software, and Sustainability. * Nomination deadline is July 22nd Learn more and Make a...

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Venture Catalyst Knowledge Exchange Featuring Bruce W. Jenett

UC Davis Venture Catalyst is pleased to welcome Mr. Bruce Jenett, Senior Counsel at DLA Piper, to speak at its Knowledge Exchange seminar, taking place on June 2, 2016, at 11:30AM. Mr. Jenett will cover the fine art of pitching, its importance, and address some of the key elements of putting together and presenting a great pitch. The event will take place at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The event is free and lunch will be provided.   Registration is necessary so that lunch can be ordered accordingly. Register...

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Startups Wanted for Aging 2.0 Pitch Event in Sacramento Area

Do you have a startup that is focused on improving the quality of life for older adults? Check out Sacramento’s Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search on June 30. Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search is apart of a competition for aging-focused startups to showcase their company to an international audience. Key sponsors include: Eskaton, Intel, Care Innovations, Apptology and MedStart. Start-Up Eligibility Requirements: Startup must have at least a minimum viable product (past conceptual stage) Have less than $3 million in funding / revenue Founder or C-level executive must be the person presenting Must be focused on improving the quality of...

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Startup Hustle Demo Night

It was standing room only last night at the Warehouse Artists Loft as Sacramento startup fans gathered to watch the pitches from 10 new startups from Hacker Lab’s second Startup Hustle cohort. People arrived early for networking and to check in with the startup at their booths and by the time Hacker Lab co-founder Eric Ullrich was ready to kick things off for the evening, it was standing room only. No doubt! Sac #startup scene is out and representing well tonight at Startup Hustle Demo Night pic.twitter.com/W9e1FUam2i — Startup Sac (@sacstartup) May 27, 2016 #StartupHustle Demo Night is on!...

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UC Davis Entrepreneurship Academy Events

Interested in entrepreneurship academies? The UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has some entrepreneurship academy events coming up this summer. Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy  The Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy is the premiere academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations. It is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world. This three-day intensive program integrates lecture, exercises, and individual projects to help participants learn to identify, design, and validate market opportunities for their research. Deadline to apply is June 10, 2016 Learn more   UC Entrepreneurship Academy The three-day UC Entrepreneurship...

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Early – Stage Capital for Technology Commercialization: NIH SBIR/STTR Programs

Dr. Jennifer Shieh from the NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) will give a presentation about the SBIR and STTR programs at NHLBI/NIH on Friday, June 3rd, 10:30 – 11:30 am. After her talk, Dr. Shieh will meet with teams 1-on-1, to address specific questions – if interested. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the US. These programs allow US-owned and operated small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has strong potential for commercialization. SBIR/STTR...

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