Author: Laura Good

Innovation Awards! Accelerators! Summer Parties!

Stoel-Rives, Moss Adams and the Sacramento Business Journal just opened nominations for the 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards. In it’s second year, the awards recognize the area’s vibrant innovation community, from emerging to established companies, and their breakthrough creations. Self-nominations are preferred — read all the rules and submit nominations here. Who won last year? Check out the 2016  Winners and Finalists.   This Weeks Best Bets Tuesday evening at Capsity, StartupSac’s Uncubator takes on entrepreneur-ese in “Do You Speak Startup?” This free workshop features David Richardson, Partner at DLA Piper and Nick Trosko and Gabe Gomez, cofounders of...

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Founder Institute Testing the Waters

Early last week, Jeff and I learned that Founder Institute is exploring bringing their program to Sacramento. Founder Institute is an idea-stage accelerator & startup launch program for entrepreneurs. One of the people behind the Sacramento effort is Mariah Lichtenstern, founder of Cineshares, a motion picture marketplace to connect filmakers and stakeholders. Mariah is also the co-founder and Managing Director at DivereCity Ventures, an impact-oriented micro-VC firm. Jeff interviewed Mariah to find out what Founder Institute is all about. You can watch the video or listen to the podcast here.   HOT OFF THE PRESS! The City of Sacramento...

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Launch a Startup and other Startup Happenings in Sacramento

The next few weeks are full of opportunities to help you get your Startup launched! Whether it’s a tech startup or a maker business, there is something going on to help you get to the next stage! Hacker Lab is assisting on many fronts! They’ve put an Entrepreneur and Maker in Residence in place who have open office hours to help you launch a business! You can find out more about the program and sign up for Office Hours here. And it’s not too late to sign up for Startup Hustle Bootcamp! Get your application in by this Wednesday!...

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Capital Region Makerspace Network Selects Entrepreneur and Maker in Residence

New Hacker Lab Initiative Aims to Help Launch 35 Micro-Businesses Hacker Lab announced today the selection of Jake Elia as Entrepreneur In Residence [EIR] and Trisha Rhomberg as Maker in Residence [MIR] for the newly formed Capital Region Makerspace Network. The Network, designed to bolster entrepreneurship, business startups and innovation in the nine-county Capital Region, is funded by a $125,000 Capital Region SlingShot grant which was awarded to Hacker Lab in March by the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA). Elia and Rhomberg will work with regional makerspaces to strengthen the network, engage nontraditional and underserved populations as makers...

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StartupSac Uncubator: Do You Speak Startup?

Do You Speak Startup? Common Terms and Acronyms Investors Use When you’re ready to start talking to investors, it’s wise to brush up on the jargon that’s frequently thrown around in startup circles. Knowing what “MRR” means is as important as knowing what yours is! We’ll help you learn to speak entrepreneur-ese so you can confidently answer the questions investors throw at you. From Angel to Unicorn — we’ll cover it all! This workshop is a free introduction to our Uncubator program for Startups, which will launch this Fall. When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Where: Capsity, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA...

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TechEdge Celebration Lives On!

I was super-psyched last week to learn that the Sacramento Business Journal is continuing the SARTA-legacy event, the TechEdge Celebration!  It’s happening on Thursday, June 1 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at the McClellan Conference Center. Featured speakers include Kevin Nagle, chairman and founder of Jaguar Ventures; Lokesh Sikaria, managing partner of Moneta Ventures; and a panel of CEOs from SupportPay, Fantag and Engage3. There will also be an investor panel and a TechExpo featuring local startup companies. If you support the growth of the technology industry in Sacramento and/or if you are a part of that industry,...

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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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