Author: Laura Good

May is Female Founder Month

Did you survive last week? I know I went to 3x as many events as usual (and that’s a lot!). This week is bursting with events as well–I hope you have a chance to make one of these valuable meetups!   Startup Grind Celebrates Female Founders Around the Globe, over 100 chapters of Startup Grind will celebrate Female Founder month. Sacramento’s celebration is this Tuesday at The Urban Hive beginning at 6pm. The guest for the fireside chat is Carla Holtze, founder of Parrable, a startup that moved some of its operations to Sacramento last year. Come find out...

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Small Business Festival Exploding With Opportunity and Other Sacramento Startup Happenings

It’s the Mother-of-All-Weeks for small business and startups! There are two series of events going on in our region, both in celebration of National Small Business Week. Plus there is some of the “regular ‘ol startup stuff.” Jeff and I have listed the events we feel are most beneficial to the tech startup community. To see everything that is going on (19 events!), visit the these sites: Capital Region Small Business Week and Sacramento Small Business Festival. There may be something that interests you that we have not included here. Instead of “Best Bets this Week,” I’m going to...

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Latest CleanStart Progress Report Shows Strong Gains in Regional Tech

On Wednesday, CleanStart, Inc., the regional nonprofit dedicated to helping clean tech companies succeed and grow, released the results of its latest survey of the clean tech industry ( The new survey shows the 93 companies in the core clean tech sector is generating $3.2 billion in revenue and 5,300 jobs, up 26% from $2.54 billion and 4,150 jobs from the last survey released in 2015–five times faster than the overall economy grew. Local industry leaders in the core are Pacific Ethanol, Siemens Mobility, and Villara Building Systems. In addition, in the past year three clean tech companies raised a...

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StartupSac Uncubator: Perfecting Your Pitch Workshop

This workshop is a free introduction to our Uncubator program for Startups, which will launch this Fall. 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 free workshop, we’ll cover not only how to organize your pitch, but also the art of tailoring your presentation to your target audience. When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Where: Capsity, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA Points to be covered: • How to organize a presentation • What makes a presentation effective • How...

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My Cup Runneth Over and Other Sacramento Startup Happenings

Let me catch my breath… WOW! There is a ginormous list of events happening over the next two weeks in our startup community! If you can’t find something that interests you, maybe you just aren’t all that committed to launching a startup! Whether you already have some traction or are just bouncing around a startup idea, there is something for everyone!   Idea Bouncers — Take Note! Apply for Hacker Lab’s Startup Hustle! This bootcamp will take you from zero to MVP in just 6-weeks! I love this program because it teaches the Lean Startup method! If you want...

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Sierra College, Hacker Lab Offers Startup Hustle to Inspire Budding Entrepreneurs to Take Action

Hacker Lab is taking applications for the Startup Hustle six-week entrepreneurial boot camp and announced the addition of four free sessions to inspire those wanting to build their own businesses. With partner Sierra College, Hacker Lab is also encouraging students to participate. The program starts May 9 and culminates on June 21. Sessions will be held at Hacker Lab’s Midtown Sacramento location as well as the Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College in Rocklin. The initial application is free and due May 3, 2017.  There will be an informational meeting about the program at Hacker Lab in Midtown on...

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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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