If you’ve peeked at the headlines last week, you may have seen that Sacramento got some serious props for being a top market for tech job growth and also a destination city for tech startups. This Forbes article, ‘Go North, Young Startup’: Silicon Valley Might Be Converging With Sacramento, was a major coup for our regional brand! People in the technology industry are starting to notice our sleepy little cow town! Moooove over Silicon Valley! 🙂

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT INNOVATION AWARD NOMINATIONS! Yes, I’m shouting at you! Nominate your own commercialized innovative idea or one you know about. Self nominations are encouraged. Innovations nominated last year that did not win, can reapply.

 

This Week’s Best Bets

Looking to fund your startup? Tuesday, UC Davis Venture Catalyst Knowledge Exchange hosts Insights on Financing for Early Stage Startups. The speakers are from Silicon Valley Bank. Not only is this a free event, they’ll also feed you lunch if you register in advance!

StartupSac Happy Hour is back Wednesday night at Sactown Sports Bar and Grill in Old Sac. This is a free no-host meetup (that means you buy your own drinks!). Hang out with other startup founders and grow your resource network!

Take a crash course in Lean Startup this Saturday at Square One Clubs in Sacramento. This 4-hour workshop is FREE!  If you’re a founder and you don’t know the lean startup method, you NEED to go to this workshop!

 

Plan Ahead

August 8, Startup Grind’s guest is Dale Carlsen, the founder of Sleep Train. Get your tickets today before prices go up tomorrow! And save another $5 if you use promo code “digest” when you register.

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.