Author: Laura Good

Startup Digest – Plan Ahead: Dave McClure, 500 Startups

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! This week finally feels like summer — the startup community in Sacramento is taking a break! There aren’t a lot of events going on this week, so catch your breath and ponder your startup future. This Week’s Best Bets Med Tech or Health Tech your thing? Attend the free MedStart networking mixer at The Urban Hive on Thursday. Are you a game developer? There’s an interesting workshop at Hacker Lab on Friday on Visual Novel and Independent Game Production. Are you a data whiz/hacker? Take a trip to to Silicon Valley and participate...

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Whatever Happened to SARTA?

SARTA PROGRAMS RESURRECTED Last September, SARTA shuttered it’s operations and Sacramento’s tech community lost a valuable resource. But there’s good news — SARTA’s key programs have all found new life in other organizations in the region! If you’ve been missing your favorite program, check out the information below to reconnect. AgStart — An independent nonprofit now located in Woodland, Check out their Dinner and Drones event happening August 20 at Windmills Vineyards. Sign up for their newsletter here. Like them on Facebook. CleanStart — An independent nonprofit now located in Downtown Sacramento. Sign up for their newsletter here. Like...

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Sacramento Startup Digest – Startup Summer Party Is Here!

Good news for procrastinators! The deadline for nominations for the Sacramento Region 2016 Innovation Awards has been extended to THIS FRIDAY July 29! The inaugural awards program will recognize business and technology innovations in six categories, honoring the people and organizations that bring new products and services to our region. Self-nominations welcome! All the details you need to nominate your favorite innovator are here. The hottest ticket this week is Startup Grind’s 2nd Annual Summer Startup Party at The Urban Hive on Thursday. Last year, over 200 people attended! Get your free ticket today so they’ll know how much...

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Startup Digest – What’s Up With Equity Crowdfunding?

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! There is SO MUCH going on this week! If you can’t find something that interests you, maybe you just aren’t that interested in startups and the tech scene? (ok. ok. that was a bit judgy). You’ll find me this Tuesday at Equity Crowdfunding: What’s New in Startup Finance. This free workshop is offered by the InnoGrove Foundation and the presenters are from Norman Roos LLP. They’ll bring you up-to-date on all the SEC rules and regulations so you can decide if equity crowdfunding is right for you. This weekend, Hacker Lab kicks off...

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Startup Digest – Happy Independence Day!

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! I hope you are enjoying the holiday and spending some time reflecting on the birth of our nation. I’m completely unplugged all week long in the beautiful Eldorado National Forest! No cell service, no wifi! In the spirit of the holiday, I’m keeping this week’s message short (and maybe a little sweet). The big news is the City of Sacramento RAILS grant program. There is $1.5 million up for grabs for for groups that drive acceleration, innovation & leadership for startups. Ash Roughani is leading a meeting on Wednesday at The Urban Hive...

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Sacramento Startup Digest – Lazy Days of Summer NOT!

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! Our Startup Ecosystem doesn’t slow down for the summer! In spite of next week being a holiday week, there’s tons of cool stuff happening. Into health technology? Consider attending the Aging2.0 Global Startup Search on Thursday evening (admission is only $5!). Eskaton is hosting our local event and I’m proud to report that one of the companies created at last month’s Startup Weekend Health Edition is competing! Way to go PT Track! Looking for funding? Attend the SBA Loan workshop on Tuesday or the SBIR/STTR Grant Workshop onThursday (3 part workshop). Looking to...

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Kevin Nagle, Awesome Women, Founder School

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! The hottest ticket this week is Startup Grind Sacramento on Tuesday at The Urban Hive. Sacramento Legend Kevin Nagle is the guest.– Sac Republic FC lead investor, Sacramento Kings ownership group, cofounder of Envision Pharmaceuticals and member of Moneta Ventures investment board. It’s not often you have an opportunity to meet Kevin Nagle in an intimate setting like Startup Grind! Get your ticket today and save some bucks! Save even more with code “digest” — prices go up tomorrow. Want to stimulate your mind with ideas worth spreading that also fuel innovation? Wednesday...

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Startup Digest – June 6th – June 13th

Welcome to the Sacramento Startup Digest! The legacy of SARTA continues with a new regional Innovation Awards program. A partnership between Stoel Rives, Moss-Adams and the Sacramento Business Journal, this program will celebrate innovation taking place in our community. The Awards will recognize innovations in six categories: Advanced Manufacturing, Food & Agribusiness, Hardware & Electronics, Medical & Health Technologies & Services, Software, and Sustainability. Nominations are open now through July 22. For complete information on the program, eligibility and nomination process, check here. P.S. I’m on the nomination committee for the Software category. 🙂 My Pick of the Week:...

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Access to Capital Improving and other Sacramento Startup News

There were a couple of news items last week that address key success factors for our startup ecosystem: access to capital and government regulation. Moneta Ventures announced that they are launching a $25 million fund that will invest in pre-revenue companies, unlike their first fund which targeted companies with revenue of $500K or more. On the regulation side, Region Technology, an advocacy group to represent the tech sector, was launched. What’s it all about? Ask Ash Roughani, who is the interim director and very active in our tech community. Hot Picks If you’re a startup founder, you need to...

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Technology + Healthcare in the Spotlight

I’m baaaaccck! Last week fellow curator Jeff Bennett filled in for me while I enjoyed a 4-day women’s leadership retreat — UNPLUGGED! No wifi, no cell service. It was glorious! I’m back to real life and there is a lot going on! Startup Weekend Sacramento Health Edition is just around the corner, kicking off on Friday April 29. It’s 54-hours of building a health-focused startup from scratch! Participants pitch BRAND NEW ideas, form teams and pull together an MVP in just 2.5 days! This experience is for anyone — not just coders, not just healthcare professionals. You don’t need...

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