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Sacramento Startup Digest: BOOM! What Was That?

Welcome to the Startup Digest! BOOM! It's time to kick-off the UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competitio
Issue #22  •  October 19  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
Sacramento Startup Digest
Sacramento Startup Digest
The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in Sacramento.
Welcome to the Startup Digest!
BOOM! It’s time to kick-off the UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition! This annual program has been happening in our region for over twenty years! Join the launch party live on Facebook Thursday evening at 6 PM to learn more about how you can compete in this Oct-May program. The rules have changed a little this year–your team must have at least one member who is affiliated with a university or college in the state of California. Learn more about it here.
The second installment of StartupSac’s SUTL Showcase 2020, Future Mobility, is this Thursday from 1-5 PM. The webinar event will feature a Keynote Address by Arlen Orchard, SMUD CEO and California Mobility Center president. There will be discussions on equity and access to future mobility technologies, Sacramento as a “living lab” to test out these technologies, and presentations from innovative companies in this space. And it’s free to join! And next week, the final installment, Digital Health & Life Sciences happens on 10/29.
Funding Advice: Startup founders are often frustrated when investors aren’t interested in investing in their startup. In this must-read for startup founders, Moneta Ventures partner Sabya Das explains the Goldilocks Principle for why VC’s don’t want to invest in a startup.
Good news! Hacker Lab has extended the application deadline to October 31 for their Pathways Scholarship program. It’s a great opportunity for anyone seeking access to the Hacker Lab makerspace who can’t afford it; lost their job during the pandemic, or are looking to reskill; make PPE or explore IoT and tech. They are seeking participants who want to build careers, businesses or their next education level. Apply/Learn More
There’s a lot going on in our Startup Community–check out the details below (click through the “view entire message” link to see them all). If you want to submit items for consideration, use this link. And for even more startup information, happenings and resources, visit the StartupSac Website.
If you’re looking to connect with other founders, request to join the StartupSac Community Facebook Group. It’s a place where startup founders and those who support the growth of our startup ecosystem can connect and exchange ideas.
NOTE: All events listed are to be held online unless otherwise noted.
Featured Events
Join industry experts as we explore the future of mobility in our region. Learn about the California Mobility Center. Hear about efforts to improve equity and increase access to future mobility technology. During this free half-day event, the showcase will feature and spotlight startups and innovators through talks and panels with thought-leaders and presentations from innovative companies in future mobility.   •   Share

The 2020/21 Big Bang! Business Competition celebrates and encourages Changemakers for a Better World. Learn how you can get involved in our educational workshops, connect with fellow innovators, build your team and grow your network—and compete for cash prizes! Participation in the Big Bang! Business Competition requires at least least one founder to be affiliated with an institution of higher education within the State of California.

This Week's Events
Meet Lorenzo M. Smith, Ph.D, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento.

Join us for two hours of discussion on funding Black founders, building companies all over the country, creating meaningful connections within the startup ecosystem, and inspiring stories from founders, leaders, and investors.

Emerging innovators interested in technology commercialization can learn a lot from experienced entrepreneurs. This talk will focus on challenges and rewards of starting and growing companies based on university technologies.

A weekly, coffee-fueled event where 2 founders present their startups to their peers for advice and feedback. This week’s guest: Naicha - Creating the first ready to drink, organic, probiotic milk tea.

Authenticity is one of the most crucial pieces in building your brand presence, growing a quality audience base, and moving sales to the finish line. This interactive workshop is designed to give you the tools to build your authentic virtual presence.

The Carlsen Center’s Entrepreneurship Toolkit Series guides participants through hands-on activities to build an understanding of startup tools and apply them to their own businesses. This week’s topic: Competitive Analysis, Existing Alternatives, and Go-to-Market Strategies

We’ll teach you how to sell online by placing your customer in the Hero role. In this 90 minute class, we’ll show you how to engage your customers right away by placing them in the Hero’s role.

If you are an innovator, entrepreneur, or small business owner, don’t miss this chance to learn about protecting your intellectual property on a reduced budget.   •   Share

If you are an entrepreneur, you can’t afford to ignore copyrights. Join experts from the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs for an overview of copyrights and insights into registration and enforcement.   •   Share

In this class we will review all of the popular options for quickly setting up a basic website with ZERO coding experience. We’ll also cover setting up a branded email address to make you look professional

Plan Ahead
Join industry experts as we explore how COVID-19 has changed how healthcare is delivered, the rise of digital care, as well as the latest vision and developments of Aggie Square. During this free half-day event, the showcase will feature and spotlight startups and innovators through talks and panels with thought-leaders and presentations from innovative companies in digital health and life sciences.   •   Share

SEA’s Annual Showcase Event spotlighting Academy Fellows is virtual this year, powered by Engage Webinars. Join our Interactive Q&A with keynote speaker and SEA Alumnus Dustin DeVan as he comes off his $275 million acquisition by Autodesk, and meet our pioneering 2020 SEA Fellows who successfully navigated the uncharted 2020 digital space.

Join CleanStart for our monthly meetup. This month, the focus is on the future of the Grid.

This program is sponsored by the City of Sacramento and CARES Act funds from the State of California to reskill those workers and students impacted by COVID-19. This is the only free all-inclusive cybersecurity workforce development program with desired industry-standard certification training by CompTIA, AI-based cybersecurity concept-driven projects,
Techstars Startup Digest Sacramento Startup Digest is curated by:
Laura Good Laura Good - Cofounder of StartupSac
Jeff Bennett Jeff Bennett - Cofounder of StartupSac
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