Author: Laura Good

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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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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