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Wednesday, November 10th

Global Entrepreneurship Week: "1 Million Cups"

Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and StartupSac

About 1 Million Cups

Witness how the regional Sacramento ecosystem support local entrepreneurs. Every Wednesday morning, one or two startup companies present their businesses in 6 minute presentations that are followed by 15-20 minutes of questions, feedback and advice from an audience of their peers.

Additional Details

Presented virtually via Zoom. Once registered through Eventbrite, the Zoom link will be sent day of event. If any special accommodations are needed please let us know at least two weeks in advance to secure the needed accommodations.

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Social Innovation with Dr. Kivel, Social Justice Advocate and Innovator

During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, powered by Western Health Advantage, we are pleased to share a conversation with Dr. Kivel, Professor within the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration and Faculty Associate for the Community Engagement Center. This event is brought to you in partnership with the College of Health and Human Services as well as the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kivel will share their experience in co-founding multiple nonprofit organizations and being a social justice advocate and innovator. In this talk, they will dive into how to start and grow a social venture while ensuring impact is made.

About Dr. Kivel:

Co-Founder, Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH), a peer-based, harm-reduction organization for sex workers. Sacramento, California. I led work with local Police officers, former sex workers and community leaders to conduct research with sex workers to inform the peer model for the program. CASH has continued to expand its services and programs and diversify funding sources. (2004-2012)

Expert Witness, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), I wrote a testimony and was deposed by counsel in a case involving the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance and the exclusion of straight softball players on a gay softball team. The case was settled in favor of NCLR and the plaintiffs. (Spring 2011)

Co-Founder and Director, Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC), a social/recreational, organization for lesbian/gay/bisexual youth, ages 23 and under. San Francisco, California. In 2021, LYRIC celebrated its 33rd anniversary.

Director, Community Engagement Center, Division of Academic Affairs, California State University, Sacramento.

Dr. Kivel of College of Health & Human Services, Sac State

Building the Future & Moving from Engineer to Entrepreneur

Join us to learn about how you can change the world we live in by moving from an engineer to an entrepreneur!

As part of celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week Sacramento 2021, powered by Western Health Advantage we are delighted to share a conversation with local entrepreneurs. This event is brought to you in partnership with the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, College of Engineering and Computer Science at Sac State, and CleanStart.

This session will empower you to see how you can take your engineering skills whether it be in computer science, programming, electrical & electronic, mechanical, civil, and construction to new heights with problem-solving. Our panel discussion will provide you with experience sharing about how fellow engineers leveraged their skills, ideas, and problem-solving ability to launch ventures to solve real-world problems.

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:

  • Gary Simon, Executive Director at CleanStart – Moderator
  • Savita Farooqui, Founder and President of SymSoft Solutions
  • Uzoma Okoro, President of Eco-Alpha Environmental & Engineering Services
  • Brandon Ortiz, Embedded Systems Consultant and Cofounder of Sac Dance Lab and Flash Factory

From Engineer to Entrepreneur

Circular Economy - Designing with the End in Mind

Join us for this discussion to look at the circular economy and how you can design your products with the end in mind!

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Sacramento 2021, powered by Western Health Advantage, we are excited to present a panel discussion looking at innovation and new product creation through the lens of the circular economy and designing with the end in mind. This event is brought to you in partnership with the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA), Sustainability Center, and the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Sac State.

In this session, our panel will discuss the circular economy and how as innovators and entrepreneurs we can make a positive impact on our environment by designing with the end in mind. The panel will encompass a variety of perspectives from those that handle products at their end of life to those that are designing and building for the future.

We hope that you will walk away with an understanding of the market forces driving the circular economy forward and how a product can be designed to better our world at every stage of its life.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Sarah Vaira, MPPA Student at Sacramento State and Fellow at WPWMA - Moderator

  • Ryan Smith, Founder & CEO of Recyclops

  • Tom Kandris, Co-Founder and CEO of American River PackageOne

  • Jay Potter, Co-Founder and CEO of ECOR Global and CEO of GreenCore Capital

  • Nate Pelczar, Special Projects Manager at the California Product Stewardship Council

  • Stephanie Ulmer, Environmental Resources Specialist at WPWMA

  • Eric Oddo, Program Manager at WPWMA

Circular Economy with Western Placer Waste Management Authority

Hispanic/Latinx Entrepreneurial Journey

Join us in hearing the journeys, challenges and opportunities of various successful Hispanic/Latinx entrepreneurs in the Sacramento region!

As part of our Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration, powered by Western Health Advantage, the Serna Center at Sacramento State University, in collaboration with the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, will host a virtual panel, Hispanic/Latinx Entrepreneurial Journey from College to Success.

The event will feature Rita Gallardo Good from the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce who will first provide a welcome. A panel discussion will follow, moderated by Noel Mora and featuring the following panelists who are entrepreneurs in the Sacramento region:

• Leslie Valdivia, Vive Cosmetics
• Julio Ortiz, Gaspachos
• David and Nancy Garcia, Kulture
• Omar Gonzalez, Esq., Omar Gonzalez, A Law Corporation

Attendees will listen to the panelists’ entrepreneurial journeys, challenges, and opportunities, for inspiration on how to make their own entrepreneurial ideas possible. The event will conclude with a short Q&A session.

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FourthWave - How Women Are Showing The Way to a Post-Pandemic World

Join us in celebrating the culmination of the FourthWave 2021 cohort while exploring the future economy and how women are paving the way!

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, powered by Western Health Advantage, we are excited to bring to you the culmination of the 15-week long FourthWave accelerator journey. This will include a celebration of our cohort of female founders while sharing a panel on: How Women Are Showing the Way to a Post-Pandemic World.

This event will discuss leadership and entrepreneurship as well as how the increase in women founded companies will lead the way to a brighter post-pandemic world. The discussion will be between two of our FourthWave team members and a panel of experts ranging from entrepreneurs to experts in leadership.


  • Cheryl Beninga, Co-founder of FourthWave and Managing Director at Wai Mohala Ventures


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2021 Spark Venture Competition

The Spark Venture Competition in Sacramento is an annual venture competition hosted by the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship!
Join us for the Spark Venture Competition which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, presented by Western Health Advantage.

The Spark Venture Competition in Sacramento is an annual venture competition hosted by the Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for early-stage startups and social impact ventures during Global Entrepreneurship Week. A total of $20,000 in cash awards will be given out.

We look forward to you hearing from our 10 finalists (5 in the For-Profit Track and 5 in the Social Venture Track). Each finalist will have 5 minutes to pitch and will field 5 minutes of Q&A.

Prizes: Two tracks For-Profit and Social Ventures:

  • 1st Place $7,500 for each track
  • 2nd Place $2,500 for each track

The competition is open to early-stage ventures aiming to operate in the Greater Sacramento Region. An application is required to be considered for Round 1 of judging. Finalists will be announced virtually and are invited to an optional pitch workshop to help prepare for the final round. In the final round, teams compete by presenting their pitches to a panel of judges (5 min presentation and 5 min Q&A) to win cash prizes.

The focus of this competition is to catalyze a group of early-stage ventures by elevating their startups at the Spark Venture Competition and having a select few of them walk away with cash awards to advance their venture. We are aiming to select startups with at least problem-solution fit and evidence around product-market fit*.

Key Dates:

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 27th
  • Finalists announced: Monday, Nov. 1st
  • Pitch Workshop (optional): Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 12:30 pm
  • Demo Day: Wednesday, Nov. 10th at 6 pm

*Problem-Solution Fit - this occurs when you have evidence that customers care about certain jobs, pains, and gains. At this stage you've proved the existence of a problem and have designed a value proposition that addresses your customers' jobs, pains and gains. Unfortunately, you still do not have clear evidence that your customer really care enough about your value proposition enough to buy it.

Product-Market Fit occurs when you have evidence that your value proposition is actually creating value for customers by alleviating their pains and creating the gains they desire. Your product or service is beginning to gain traction in the market and you've gone through the long and iterative process of running tests that have validated and invalidated the various assumptions underlying your value proposition. - Strategyzer, Nabila Amarsy 2014

The Demo Day event will be virtual, via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event to those that register.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

Join the Carlsen Center, entrepreneurs, students from Sac State, regional community colleges and UC Davis, alumni and community members for a week of dynamic presentations, panel discussions and pitch competitions, all focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and ingenuity.

We will celebrate GEW with college pitch competitions, workshops, happy hour conversations and presentations from local startup founders across the Sacramento Region, along with presentations from authors of startup tools that are included in our Virtual Entrepreneurship Toolkit Series: Josh Levine (Building Company Culture) and David Bland (Precoil).

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