Author: Jeff Bennett

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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Startup Grind Sacramento Holiday Party

When you work at a big company, the year always ends with a bang as corporate rains down the big dollars and throws a massive party of varying levels of size depending on the latest company financial results. When you start a startup that party goes away. You have no one to throw it with. We’re changing that. This December we are hosting an UN-corporate holiday party for startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners! Freelancers and self-employed professionals are all welcome! This party is free, just bring an unwrapped toy which will benefit the Sacramento Children’s Home.  Don’t have...

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Support Our Local Global Startup Battle Teams

Hey Sacramento, did you know that two winning teams from the recent Startup Weekend Sacramento: Elk Grove Edition are competing on the global state in Global Startup Battle 2015? You can help show your support for our local startups by casting your votes for each team in several competitive tracks. You can vote for each every 24 hours now through December 4th at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Vote for Team InVimma (@invimma) Invimma is a software application for leaving video messages via a text link instead of voicemails. Champions Track Innovator’s Track Disruptor’s Track Great in the Making Track Mobile Growth Track...

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Velocity Venture Capital To Develop New Coworking & Accelerator Downtown

Hot on the heals of Thursday’s announcement of I/O Labs new downtown innovation space for Sacramento startups, the Sacramento Business Journal reports this morning that Velocity Ventures Capital will be leasing four floors in the Renaissance Tower downtown to develop a co-working space and business accelerator for technology companies. Check out the full story on the Sacramento Business Journal...

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