Many of us have been watching and waiting for I/O Labs in Downtown Sacramento to open. The grand opening is nearly here and if you enroll in one of the two Leadership Series events they are offering this week, you’ll get a Sneak Peek! The events are focused on conscious leadership — My Journey From Jerk to Joyful Thursday evening and Conscious Leadership for Emerging Companies Friday morning. And SCORE! We have a HUGE 80% off discount code for you to use — just enter STARTUP in the promo code field!

Buckle up! It’s an amazing ride for startup founders in Sacramento this week!


This Week’s Best Bets

The Big Bang! Kickoff is this Tuesday. Sign up to attend and find out what this Oct-May annual startup competition is all about! Anyone with a startup idea can participate — not just those affiliated with UC Davis.

It’s the last Wednesday of the month and that means 1 Million Cups is taking a Road Trip! This time, the destination is Valley Extends at McClellan Park! Join us from 9-10 am for presentations from two startup companies!

Are you in that category of wanting to launch a startup but you haven’t come up with a great idea yet? Head on over to InnoGrove Wednesday night for a free workshop, Generating Great Startup Ideas, led by Hacker Lab’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Jake Elia. It’s also perfect for those looking to validate ideas they are already working on.

Sacramento Innovation legend Jay Sales, cofounder of The Shop at VSP, is the guest for Friday’s CreativeMornings talk. This monthly meetup is free but you need to snag a ticket! They will be released today at 11 a.m. so be sure to get yours if you want to learn from a design thinking master!


Plan Ahead

In just two weeks, on November 7, our startup ecosystem is celebrating 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.”

Looking to participate in a 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 your business in 54 hours!


Plan Way Ahead

Global Entrepreneurship Week is coming November 13-20 and there will be a TON of awesome events centered around innovation and entrepreneurship in our region! StartupSac will have a first look at that calendar next week. Stay Tuned!


Application Deadlines

Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy is accepting application for their 2018 program. Apply by November 10. Learn More.

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.