Author: Laura Good

Startup Opportunities Abound in Sacramento! Female Founders, Ag Tech, Game Developers & More!

I’m kicking it off this week with a big congratulatory slap-on-the-back to the four Kings Capitalize pitch competition finalists! Well done EicOsis, Text-To-Ticket, Turtle Haus and Trifecta! 16 companies gave it their all last Thursday–I was #SacramentoProud to discover so many innovative companies in our region! Check out Victor Patton’s article in the SBJ and Jeff Bennett’s article on to learn more about the winners and what’s next for the competition. Drum roll please! …..Female Entrepreneurs! FouthWave announced today that they are now accepting applications for their Catalyst program! Up to five female tech entrepreneurs will be selected...

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Best Events for Tightwads and Other Sacramento Startup Happenings

Congratulations to the companies selected to participate in the semi-finals of the Kings Capitalize competition! While the pitch event is not open to the public, it’s happening this Thursday. Four out of 16 startups will rise to the top! In this edition, I’ll share some budget-saving tips to help you extend your runway! Here are some some ways you can save a little cash on HIGH VALUE opportunities. StartupSac Happy Hour — once a month, get together with other founders for some prime socializing and an AMA with an interesting guest. Sometimes a founder, sometimes an investor, but always...

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Legal Essentials Workshop for Early Stage Tech Companies

Legal Essentials Workshop for early-stage tech companies on March 7 will provide sound advice from top-notch attorneys. Are you a tech company founder? Join the CleanStart team for Legal Essentials for Early Stage Tech Companies on March 7. Three top-notch attorneys will review the legal issues most important for the continued success of your company. Topics to be covered include founders’ agreements, stocks & securities, intellectual property, employee agreements and more! There will be ample time for you to get your most pressing questions answered in this interactive workshop. This workshop provides founders of early stage tech companies with a grounding...

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#1 Startup Failure? Failing to Start!

Don’t be guilty of the #1 startup failure–failing to start! Get started this week with one of the many opportunities detailed below that will help you move your company forward! We interrupt this week’s Startup Digest for an important public service announcement: Today is the last day to submit your application for Impact Venture Capital’s 2017 Entrepreneurs Showcase Accelerator. The program provides 8 weeks of intensive education and mentoring sessions to help you refine your business model, hone your pitch, and prepare to take the stage in front of investors on Demo Day. There is no fee to attend this program...

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Kings Capitalize Pitch Contest is Back!

Great news! Late last week, the Sacramento Kings announced the second year of Capitalize, a startup pitch contest showcasing local entrepreneurs. Moneta Ventures is collaborating with the Kings to highlight the most promising innovators and companies of the Sacramento region. And….wait for it….there is a $10,000 prize for the winner! Applications are due THIS FRIDAY by noon sharp! Click here for the rules and to apply. There is a TON of stuff going on this week! It’s hard to choose the best bets, but I’ll give it a whirl. By the way, if I ever suggest a Best Bet...

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Sacramento-founded Text To Ticket Launches Solution to Reduce Distracted Driving

Text To Ticket Launches Unique Solution to Reduce Distracted Driving Company’s Mobile App Reports Texting Drivers to Law Enforcement Today, Text To Ticket, Inc. announced the launch of its mobile app to assist law enforcement in ticketing those who violate distracted driving safety laws. Similar to private company programs like Red Light Traffic Cameras, Text To Ticket has developed an enforcement process for drivers who break minor traffic safety laws using crowdsourced video evidence. Taking advantage of the expanding role of mobile devices in nearly all aspects of life, Text To Ticket enlists everyday citizens, who are not driving...

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Celebrating Inventors of Color this Month

It’s Black History month and I’d like to recognize some seriously innovative black inventors. George Washington Carver discovered discovered over 300 different uses for peanuts – including making cooking oil, axle grease and printer’s ink. Dr. Charles Richard Drew revolutionized the understanding of blood plasma – leading to the invention of blood banks. Dr. Patricia Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, a tool that corrects cataracts during eye surgery. Marie Van Brittan Brown invented the first closed circuit TV security system. These are just a few of the black inventors who have made their mark on innovation. I’m so thankful that Sacramento has programs like Square Root Academy and Operation Innovate to encourage innovation...

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Cocktails, Coffee, Deadlines & Drones!

We want to give a shout out to local startup Tenkiv and their Kickstarter campaign. They are getting really close to their goal but there are only a few days left! It’s time for our community to dig deep and support their campaign to help solve the global water crisis. When this newsletter was put to bed, they had raised $33,749 in pledges of their $50,000 goal. THIS WEEK’S BEST BETS There’s a new kid in town — it’s the StartupSac Happy Hour, happening for the very first time tomorrow (Tuesday) at The Golden Bear from 5-7 pm. Come...

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StartupSac — There’s an App for That! …and Other Startup Happenings

Great news! The StartupSac website now has an companion app! A big shout out to Rich Forman of Apptology for developing the app as part of the City of Sacramento RAILS grant program. Easily stay up to date with events and news in our startup community by downloading the app!  Available on both  iTunes and Google Play.  Also, StartupSac interviews of Sacramento startup founders are now available as a podcast in addition to the videos. Listen on the website or search for “Sacramento Startup Profiles” on your favorite podcast app. This Week’s Best Bets Come out tonight from 6-8pm...

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Will Sacramento become a Hub for Startups?

Last week, local news was bursting with startup scene updates. These articles are required reading if you’re committed to being a part of our ecosystem! Can Sacramento Become a Capital of Entrepreneurship? was in Comstock’s Magazine and A hub for startups? Sacramento taps tech innovation fund to renovate historic train station was in the Sacramento Bee. Just the fact that local news is now including so much tech startup news is encouraging to me. If you come across some interesting reading on Sacramento’s startup scene, please pass it along to me! Remember Area 52? It’s the soon-to-open maker and...

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