I hope everyone had a relaxing Independence Day holiday. Launching and running startups is a ton of work but it’s important to take a break occasionally and recharge your batteries. Laura Good is doing just that this week as she takes an “unplugged” camping vacation in the Sierras.

The heat of summer is on and people are out enjoying the outdoors and recreating. The startup events here in Sacramento are a little lighter than usual this week but if you’re itching for a startup-related event we’ve still got you covered.


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The main event this week is the third annual Startup Grind Summer Party on Tuesday, July 11 from 6-9pm at The Urban Hive. We’ve got a lot of reasons to celebrate and throw a party in the Sacramento startup community. So many good things have happened over the past year that it’s appropriate we celebrate those successes. Join this FREE summer celebration with free food and drink and live music by Hans Anderson. The party will also be highlighting several startups in the region.

If you’re not feeling in a party mood on Tuesday, consider attending Founder Institute’s new workshop, Startup Funding 101: How to Raise Money for Your Idea in Sacramento at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 11 at City of Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr., Rancho Cordova. Reserve your free ticket if you’re interested in that.


Plan Ahead

Great news for any food, agriculture, and technology innovators and entrepreneurs out there looking to earn some serious prize money and do some social good as well. The Apps for Ag Hackthon is Now FREE to Participate! Join the Apps for Ag Hackathon at Urban Hive in Midtown Sacramento the evening of July 28th, then all day July 29-30 for your chance to win $10,000 (plus other prizes) and build an innovative solution in two and half fun and productivity-filled days.

Nominations are still open for the 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards. In it’s second year, the awards recognize the area’s vibrant innovation community, from emerging to established companies, and their breakthrough creations. I’ve been interviewing some of the past winners, such as Rob White from Sierra Energy and Jordan Darling from Free Form Factory along with the organizers from Stoel Rives.

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.