Author: Jeff Bennett

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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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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