Good news for our startup community! The Slingshot project awarded $750,000 in grant monies to support entrepreneurship, business startups, and innovation in our region. Among the winners was Hacker Lab, who received $125K to establish a Capital Region Makerspace Network  They are actively seeking an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a Maker-In-Residence to manage this new program.

Kickstarter Alert! Sacramento startup California Sunlight just launched a $25K campaign for it’s Solar Balloon Cooker. I own one of these — it’s so light and small you can carry it around in your back pocket! Check out the campaign and give them some Sacramento love and support!


This Week’s Best Bets

Meet Sacramento Legend Warren Smith on Tuesday at Startup Grind at The Urban Hive. Register in advance and save $5! Use promo code “digest” and save even more!

This Wednesday, 1 Million Cups and CleanStart are partnering to bring you presentations from two early stage clean tech companies. Come check out this weekly, Wednesday morning meetup where founders help founders to develop their businesses.

Looking to perfect your pitch? Wednesday evening, Big Bang! has a free presentation skills workshop, As always, their founder skills workshops are open to the public.


Plan Ahead

Questions about dividing equity between founders? Mike Moyer, author of “Slicing Pie” will be at InnoGrove next Tuesday, March 21, for a FREE workshop that will outline a simple method for dividing equity in an early stage company.

Curious about investment capital funding?  You won’t want to miss Venture Catalyst’s free lunchtime workshop on Series A preferred stock financing on Wednesday, March 22.

At some point, every startup needs to focus on sales traction. If you’re ready to get serious about creating revenue, plan to attend a half day workshop on sales strategies at Valley Extends on Tuesday, April 4. Use code “digest” for $8 off.

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.