Dale and Katy Carlsen with President NelsonThe Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State is a driver in the regional economy. Entrepreneurs, innovators, and creators develop businesses and organizations that have a positive influence and impact on community health and the business environment. Celebrating and embracing the diversity of the region is essential and part of the mission of the Center. K-12, college, community, and economic development programs are offered by the Center. Primary focus is given to the students of Sacramento State. Like the Center’s primary donors, Dale and Katy Carlsen, the Center strives to create many more entrepreneurs and innovators that are “Made at Sac State.” For more information, contact us at 916-278-5001 or carlsen.center@csus.eduBe sure to follow us on social media: Instagram, FaceBook, and Twitter. 


At 9:30 a.m. in the Terrace Suite of The WELL, the Student Elevator Pitch Competition took place. Cash prizes and non-cash prizes were awarded. The competition was for students who had competed in and won the pitch competitions held by the colleges as well as students who have worked with the Carlsen Center. Students pitch by invitation only. A panel of equity investors and Carlsen Center Board members judged the competition. Adrian Pinon took first place ($2,000) and also the audience choice award ($250) for his business, TownToday, an event discovery app. Nishay Gordon took second place ($1,000) for her arts center for teens in low-income neighborhoods.  Thoa Nguyen pitched her idea for a tutoring partnering app and Soraya Rigor pitched her idea for helping homeless students. Photos: Sacramento State/Andrea Price