Office Hours meets Happy Hour

A key component of success for many startup founders is having access and the ability to connect with mentors who have been there and done it, – to ask their questions and get feedback from experienced startup veterans. Helping to fill that need is the goal of StartupSac Happy Hour, a monthly ‘Ask Me Anything’ Q&A event for Sacramento startup founders, entrepreneurs and innovators.


The Concept
A monthly informal meetup of entrepreneurs at a local bar, restaurant, or brewery where a startup veteran answers questions from other entrepreneurs. Less of a networking event and more of an informal learning event.


The Goal
Provide an opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs to learn from and gain insight & feedback from more experienced entrepreneurs, as well as to provide a supportive forum of encouragement and collaboration in the Sacramento startup community.


The Structure

  • Monthly meetup from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at a changing restaurant, bar, or brewery.
  • Each event features an established startup veteran who makes a very brief introduction about his or her background, then the remainder of the event is open to informal Q&A and discussion.
  • The veteran entrepreneur will be different each month.


Criteria for Choosing Guest Entrepreneur/Innovator

The loose criteria for choosing each month’s guest entrepreneur/innovator is that entrepreneur’s startup is earning revenue and/or has obtained at least a seed level round of investment or the entrepreneur has had a successful exit.


Upcoming StartupSac Happy Hour Events

March 1, Venita Sivamani of Dermveda


Recent StartupSac Happy Hour Events

January 31, Brandon Salzberg of Rhombus Systems

October 2017, StartupSac Happy Hour w/ Fantag Founder Brian Dombrowski

September 2017, Networking Only at Der Biergarten

August 2017, Networking Only at Sactown Sports Bar and Grill

June 2017, Ryan Norman & Jan Roos at Cilantros

May 2017, D.J. Stephan of Skyslope at Streets Pub

April 2017, Greg Connolly at Yolo Brewing 

March 2017, Margaret Mackenzie & Cheryl Beninga at The Golden Bear

February 2017, Gabe Gomez and Nick Trosko of GymHit at The Red Rabbit

January 2017, Sonny Mayugba of Waitr at The Golden Bear


Local Sacramento area restaurants, bars, or breweries interested in hosting a StartupSac Happy Hour should contact Jeff Bennett through this site’s contact page.