“Ideas are easy, it’s implementation that’s hard.” ~ Guy Kawasaki

Successful innovation isn’t about how clever or disruptive your idea is; it’s about whether or not you and your team have what it takes to turn that idea into a sustainable business. And when that happens, it’s time to celebrate!

Join our Sacramento innovation ecosystem on November 7 to celebrate the 2nd Annual Innovation Awards. Six company founders in a variety of industries will be honored as award winners and another ten will be honored as runners-up. Get your ticket to the awards luncheon now, before prices go up (or early bird sells out). You can save even more with promo code “startupsac.” Learn more about the innovation awards process and this year’s finalists on the StartupSac website.


This Week’s Best Bets

StartupSac Happy Hour at Hot Italian on Wednesday will feature an AMA with Fantag Founder, Brian Dombrowski. This free no-host event is a great way to meet other entrepreneurs.

Got questions about Hacker Lab’s Startup Hustle Bootcamp? Join them for an AMA via Facebook Live Thursday from 2:00-2:30pm. If you have an idea and you’re ready to launch it into a business, you will want to check out this program!


Plan Ahead

Next week’s Startup Grind on Oct 10 features a fireside chat with Match.com cofounder Will Bunker. Get your tickets now and save off the at-the-door price! Use “digest” in the promo code field and save an additional $5!

It’s never too early to prepare your startup to be “Deal Ready.” CleanStart is offering a workshop on Oct 18 that will cover mergers, acquisitions and investments and how to make sure “paperwork pitfalls” don’t get in the way. This is for all tech companies, not just cleantech.

UC Davis’ Big Bang! Competition for 2017/18 kicks off on October 24! This wasn’t widely known last year, but they’ve changed the rules and ANYONE can apply to participate–not just those connected with the University. Attend the Kickoff to find out more about this annual competition and the prize money available!


Application Deadlines

Hacker Lab’s Startup Hustle Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is now accepting applications for their Fall Cohort. Application Deadline extended to Oct. 9 and the bootcamp starts Oct 12 in Midtown and Oct 14 in Rocklin. .

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.