Author: Laura Good

RAILS Grant Winners Determined Tuesday

The support for our startup and innovation community is about to be way better, real fast! Fifteen applicants for the RAILS (Rapid Acceleration, Innovation and Leadership in Sacramento) grant will receive a total of $970,000 in funding if the Sacramento City Council approves the recommendations this Tuesday night. Anyone is welcome to attend the council meeting to show support for the programs up for funding. Jeff Bennett and I, along with Rich Foreman, are hoping the council will bless our grant request for StartupSac.com. You can read about all the final applicants in this article by The Sacramento Bee...

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Special 1MC Sac Next Week!

Next week, 1 Million Cups Sacramento takes a field trip to Hacker Lab to participate in the Lean Startup Conference Simulcast. The conference kicks off Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m. with presenters Eric Reis (author of The Lean Startup) followed by Entrepreneurial guru Guy Kawasaki, author of legendary books such as The Art of the Start. Attendees are welcome to participate in the entire 2-day conference for free or just attend the first hour during the official 1 Million Cups gathering. Register to attend Sacramento Livestream Event Limited time to participate? Check out the schedule and drop in for the...

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Special Agent X Loan Management Dashboard Adopted by Big Valley Mortgage

Fintech Startup Simplifies Decision-Making for Mortgage Professionals with X-Ray Dashboard Special Agent X announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Big Valley Mortgage to purchase 150 “user seats” of the X-Ray dashboard tool for seven California branches. X-Ray, a mortgage business intelligence system, was created by long-time mortgage banking professionals Dave Hoggatt and Dustin Sheppard to optimize their own business performance. “In the beginning, we were just trying to simplify decision-making for our own businesses, but soon came to realize that the tool we had developed had value for the entire industry,” said Special Agent X...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week is Just Around the Corner

It’s coming! Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This year, GEW is November 14-20th and Sacramento is joining the worldwide celebration!  StartupSac is tracking the events happening in our region during GEW. Below are a few highlights but keep checking back as more events get added. If you know of events happening during Global Entrepreneurship Week that we haven’t included, please let us know. Nov 11-13 Startup Weekend Sacramento Nov 14 Impact Global Venture Summit Nov 17...

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Lean Startup Conference Comes to Sacramento

Rain isn’t the only thing pouring! The calendar of startup-related events is overflowing! It’s normal for this time of year so I hope you clear your schedule from routine events and carve out time to attend the best startup events of the year! SCORE! StartupSac is the official Sacramento simulcast partner for the San Francisco-based Lean Startup Conference happening Nov. 2-3. We’ll be live streaming all main stage conference sessions at Hacker Lab in midtown. This is THE conference for the lean startup method so I hope you will take advantage of it being your neighborhood! Registration for the...

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Meet Entrepreneurs Unlimited Host Mark Haney

This week is jam-packed with cool stuff! I hope you can find an event or two that interests the entrepreneur in you! Top Picks Tuesday Evening, Startup Grind hosts Mark Haney, the host of the Entrepreneurs Unlimited Saturday morning radio program and a successful entrepreneur himself. If you haven’t yet met this Sacramento region gem, be sure to come out to The Urban Hive, starting at 6 pm on 10/11. Register in advance and save a few bucks; save even more when you use “digest” in the promo code field! Wednesday morning, 1 Million Cups Sacramento is hosting a...

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Restart CleanStart

For those of you interested in sustainability (and really, aren’t we all?), CleanStart is powering up again and is in the midst of a Crowdrise Fundraiser. You can help by throwing a few bucks their way to help support the advancement of clean tech companies in our region. And if you miss hanging out with the CleanStart posse, on October 12 there will be a Clean Tech edition of 1 Million Cups Sacramento. Mayor Kevin Johnson once declared Sacramento the Emerald City because of our passion for the green economy — let’s keep that legacy alive and help Restart...

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Rocklin’s Mini Maker Faire is Back

Last week, the Sacramento Innovation Awards selection committee announced the finalists for this year’s awards. What a great line up of innovative companies! I was on the Software category selection committee and it was hard to narrow down nominees to just 3 finalists. If you haven’t checked out the list yet, you can view it here. The winners will be announced at a celebratory luncheon on November 4. Freebie of the Week Will you make it out to the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire on Saturday at Sierra College? This is the second annual event. It’s family friendly and FREE! It runs from 10-5. I went with...

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1 Million Cups Launching Wednesday

This week there are so many great events to choose from! And for those of you who live in Davis, it looks like summer vacation is over and the startup-focused events are back! Check out events being hosted by Davis Roots and UCD Venture Catalyst. This week’s Best Bets happen to coincide with my own personal calendar 🙂 . 1 Million Cups is launching in Sacramento on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Velocity’s downtown campus. You gotta check out this new program for startup founders! Every Wednesday, two founder will present and then get feedback from the audience. This process is so valuable to creating...

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The Drought is Over!

What? The drought is over? No–not the California Drought, the drought of interesting events for startup founders! Take a look at the events listed in this week’s Startup Digest and you’ll be amazed! If you can’t find something that interests you, maybe you just aren’t that into the startup scene. Best Bet: On Tuesday, Startup Grind Sacramento hosts Margaret MacKenzie, Managing Director and CFO of Astia, an organization committed to the success of world class women-led, high-growth startups. Margaret has CEO experience with 2 venture-backed fintech companies, and was a C-suite contributor for 6 venture-backed startups. Use code “digest” and save $5! Freebie of...

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