Author: Laura Good

CleanStart PowerUP! 2017 Progress Report Kick Off

CleanStart PowerUp is back celebrating the Launch of their 2017 Progress Report and you’re invited! Come meet and interact with clean tech startups and stakeholders from around our region. You’ll get the first peak at CleanStart’s 2017 Progress Report– find out how the Sacramento clean tech economy is growing! Executive Director Thomas Hall will present on the growth of Sacramento’s clean tech hub and how CleanStart is helping to build and promote it.  You’ll also have an opportunity to hear big news directly from several clean tech companies!  Appetizers and drinks will be served and there will be ample time to mix and mingle...

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Coworking Madness and other Sacramento Startup Happenings

Ok, so it’s not actually madness but coworking opportunities are approaching epic proportions in the region! The Urban Hive just announced that they are opening a new location at The Cannery business park in September. Multi-location Hacker Lab is test-driving coworking in Rancho Cordova with two meetups/week at Specialty Cafe while they explore opening a new space with the City of Rancho Cordova. There’s even a coworking meetup group for those of you who want to hang out with others while working at coffee shops. And still on the horizon is the opening of I/O Labs in downtown this...

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Science Matters!

Wow! 50 startup companies have presented at 1 Million Cups Sacramento since it launched in September! This is my favorite program for early stage startups–you need to check it out! 1MC Sac meets every Wednesday from 9-10 am. Each week, two companies present for 6 min each followed by 20 min of Q&A from the audience (mostly other startup founders). If you’re a startup, you should apply! Got questions about it? Send me an email! Science Matters! Two global events are coming to Sacramento this month! March for Science is happening around the world on April 22. This non-partisan...

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Perfecting Your Pitch Founder Workshop

Whether you are just at the idea stage or have a fully fledged startup, getting your ideas and business across to investors, partners and the general public is essential. In this workshop, we’ll cover not only how to organize your pitch, but also the art of tailoring your presentation to your target audience. Points to be covered: How to organize a presentation What makes a presentation effective How to prepare presentations that address the target audience Handling questions effectively Making a powerful elevator pitch Presenters Gabriel Gomez, Cofounder and CEO, GymHit Software Nicholas Trosko, Cofounder and COO, GymHit Software...

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Looking for Talent? UCD Startup Fair is Coming!

It’s not too late to head over to BizWomen Mentoring Monday happening this morning between 9:00-11:00 a.m. Slap on some “business attire” and get yourself on over to the Scottish Rite Masonic Center! Recruiting fresh talent to your startup team can be difficult and take a lot of time–UC Davis is making it easier! The UC Davis Startup Fair returns for its second year connecting students with early-stage and fast growing companies from Sacramento, Silicon Valley and beyond. Startup companies can apply for a booth for the May 5th event using this form. Applications are due by April 21....

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Why Don’t Tech Founders Foster Diversity?

It’s time to tell it like it is — the tech industry is notoriously bad at cultivating a diverse team. A new study suggests tech founders are aware of the benefits that come with a more diverse workforce, but many still fail to foster diversity. It’s not enough to understand the benefits, founders need to TAKE ACTION in their own companies to push diversity forward. What are YOU doing to make a difference? If you don’t have a good answer to that questions, the next two weeks feature several opportunities to advance gender diversity in our startup community. Men,...

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How Many Founders Does it take to Slice a Pie

Did you celebrate Pi Day last week? For those of you who missed it, you can make up for it this week!  Slicing Pie, a workshop on dividing equity up between cofounders,  is happening twice this week! The longer session on Tuesday night at InnoGrove in Elk Grove will include an interactive game where you’ll test out the principles you’ve learned. You’ll also have ample time to ask questions and get to know the presenter, author Mike Moyer. Mike teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The Wednesday morning session follows 1...

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Slicing Pie – A Simple Method of Dividing Equity for Startup Founders

Startup Founders! Join us for this free interactive workshop! You and a partner go in “50/50” on a new business. You do all the work, he owns half the company. Now what? Slicing Pie outlines a simple method for dividing equity in an early stage company that tells you exactly the right number of shares for each participant. All other methods of dividing up equity create problems–all of them. Slicing Pie gives you a way to acquire the things you need to build your business without cash. This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to start their...

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Slingshot Pours $750K Into Innovation Ecosystem and other Startup Happenings

Good news for our startup community! The Slingshot project awarded $750,000 in grant monies to support entrepreneurship, business startups, and innovation in our region. Among the winners was Hacker Lab, who received $125K to establish a Capital Region Makerspace Network  They are actively seeking an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a Maker-In-Residence to manage this new program. Kickstarter Alert! Sacramento startup California Sunlight just launched a $25K campaign for it’s Solar Balloon Cooker. I own one of these — it’s so light and small you can carry it around in your back pocket! Check out the campaign and give them some Sacramento...

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Hacker Lab Wins SlingShot Grant and Seeks Maker and Entrepreneur in Residence

On March 2, the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA), awarded Hacker Lab a $125,000 Capital Region SlingShot grant to bolster entrepreneurship, business startups and innovation in the nine-county Capital Region. The Sacramento area effort is managed by Valley Vision and the program is part of a state-wide California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) project. Hacker Lab will establish the Capital Region Makerspace Network with the funding. On March 10, Hacker Lab will issue a request for proposal for both a Maker in Residence and an Entrepreneur in Residence to unite ecosystem partners within a nine-county area and develop a...

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