Women — when you were a young girl, did you believe you could be anything? Dads — do you encourage your daughters to follow their dreams? The truth is, girls get a lot of encouragement to break gender career molds when they are young but once they get their first real job, this positive encouragement stops. And if they are in a technical job, it’s even more lonely than other careers. Not only will they not find encouragement, they will also find that they don’t have the same access to advancement opportunities as men.

This Thursday, an important conversation is taking place at InnoGrove coworking in Elk Grove. Janine Yancey, founder and CEO of Emtrain, will lead a panel of female technologists in a discussion about Gender-Bias in the Technology Workplace. If we collectively want to make progress in eliminating gender-bias, both men and women need to participate in the dialogue. Do it for your daughters, your sisters, your wives, yourself — attend this free event Thursday from 6:30-8:00. RSVP here.


This Week’s Best Bets

Wed morning: Did you miss 1 Million Cups Sacramento’s 100th presenter last week? No worries, this Wednesday morning you can experience the 101st presenter! If you’re a founder and you haven’t attended a 1 Million Cups yet, you’ve really been missing out! 1MC is one of the best gatherings of early stage founders in the Sacramento region. 10/18 from 9-10 am at Impact VC.

Wed evening: If you were offered a deal today, would your startup be ready? CleanStart is offering a workshop this Wednesday evening that will cover mergers, acquisitions and investments and how to make sure governance issues don’t get in the way. “Deal Ready” is for all tech companies, not just cleantech. And I’ve got a sweet deal for you — use promo code “digest” for $30 off the general admission fee of $55. Now that’s a bargain!


Plan Ahead

It’s Big Bang! season again! Plan to attend the Kickoff event on Tuesday, Oct 24 at UCD. This Oct-May entrepreneurship program is for EVERYONE not just UCD facultity and students. If you have a startup idea, got to the Kickoff to find out what it’s all about!

On November 7, join our startup ecosystem to celebrate the 2nd Annual Innovation Awards. Get your ticket to the awards luncheon now before they sell out! You can save big $$ with promo code “startupsac.”

Jonesing for a Startup Weekend? We don’t have one in Sacramento this fall but our neighbors in Tahoe, Reno and Redding are all having them in November. Take a road trip and launch a business in 54 hours!

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.