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.


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For a short week, there’s some pretty stellar stuff going on!


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Tuesday evening, get to know more about Founder Institute at their free workshop, Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneurs.

Placer County — head to 1 Million Cups on Wednesday morning! They’re taking a road trip to the Rocklin Hacker Lab. Here’s your chance to find out about this program that has helped over 60 Sacramento-region startups since it launched in September!

Grab a cold one at Streets Pub on Wednesday night at StartupSac Happy Hour featuring an AMA with D.J. Stephan, cofounder of fast-growing Sacramento startup Skyslope!

THE place to be on Thursday is at the Sacramento Business Journal’s TechEdge Celebration luncheon a McClellan Conference Center. It kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with the TechExpo which will feature about a dozen local startups. Startup Digest insiders save $30 off the general admission price of $80 with code “startupdigest.”


Plan Ahead

Tuesday evening, June 6, learn a “new language” at StartupSac’s free Do You Speak Startup? workshop at Capsity.

Hacker Lab’s Great Make Day is coming to Rancho Cordova on Saturday, June 10. In addition to all the maker activity and demos, they will also have a Startup Stage. This is a free event.

Tech Startups interested in crowdfunding — equity or rewards based — won’t want to miss this June 20 seminar! Keynote speaker is Manny Fernandez, cofounder and CEO of equity crowdfunding platform Dreamfunded.

There’s lots of great stuff going on in the tech startup community–check out the details in this week’s Startup Digest. If you’d like to receive the digest in your inbox every Monday morning, sign up for free here. If you’ve organized (or know about) an event we have not included, please submit it here for consideration. And for even more startup information, happenings and resources, visit the StartupSac Website.  Note: We include a lot of tech events that aren’t necessarily startup-focused on the event calendar on the StartupSac website. Check it out here.