Did you see the story in the Sacramento Business Journal  on Friday about cultivating a cluster of govtech startups in Sacramento? Keeping that in mind, I’ve added some workshops around doing business with the county and state. Are these events you’re interested in? Does your startup fit into the govtech category? If so, you should check out this week’s Code for Sac event–they want to help you succeed!

This Week’s Best Bets

Join Startup Grind tomorrow evening at the Urban Hive and meet Dr. Chris Yu, the CEO of Anpac Bio. This is one of the companies that recently decided to move to Sacramento. Register in advance and save $5. Use promo code “digest” and save another $5!

After the passing of Prop 64, it was just a matter of time before a Cannabis-focused startup event made it onto our calendar. The first Startup Expo of 2017 is focusing on “High” tech. This mostly-free (bring a beverage to share) gathering is this Thursday at Hacker Lab.

Big Bang Competition Open to General Public

If you want to compete in this year’s Big Bang! competition at UC Davis (and now you can even if you’re not a student or faculty member at UCD), get your applications in by January 23rd. $20,000 in prize money is up for grabs for the winner! If you’re thinking of competing, there is a free poster competition/networking event on Wednesday evening that you should check out.

New Bootcamps at Hacker Lab to Help with Traction

You hear it all the time — storytelling is BIG when you are working to get people interested in your startup. And video is REALLY BIG in online content sharing. Tackle both in Hacker Lab’s 3-week Video Marketing bootcamp — it starts tomorrow. It’s PERFECT for startups! You’ll end up with a 30-second video you can use to market your company and/or product.

If you want people to find out about your startup, you want to improve the likelihood that they will land on your website. Google Adwords can greatly increase your traffic. Hacker Lab’s new 6-week Adwords bootcamp will help any startup founder develop key digital marketing skills! It starts on January 23 and is taught by Sacramentan Aaron Opfell, founder of SearcherMagnet.

There’s lots of great stuff going on this in the tech startup community–check out the details in this week’s Startup Digest. And for even more startup information, happenings and resources, visit the StartupSac Website.

End Note

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