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Thursday, November 17th

Sacramento's First SuperHero

During our celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week Sacramento, powered by Western Health Advantage, join us to learn about the journey of a local artist who brought his vision to life. This discussion will be run in partnership with the College of Arts and Letters at Sacramento State.

Born and raised in Sacramento, Brent "Trayce" Sands is a storyteller who created a comic book series about "Anthony Impound Endsley, a struggling MMA fighter and single father who develops superpowers. Brent applied for a kiosk in the DoCo (Downtown Commons) area, but, appreciating the concept of a Sacramento superhero, DoCo and the City of Sacramento offered him the opportunity for a store. The store features Impound Comics merchandise. Brent has also created video games.

About the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: We serve as a regional hub and platform for providing approachable and accessible entrepreneurial education, community, and support to enable startup founders of all backgrounds to explore and launch their businesses.

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Startup Office Hours with Josh David Miller

My name is Josh David Miller, aka JDM, and I've spent the last decade helping companies launch or scale their product over the years. Every Thursday at 10am Pacific, I'm opening my doors to your questions. He is hosting a special session in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Ask me anything! Growth, revenue, product-market fit, pitching, traction, business models, tools, tips, techniques, and whatever else is on your mind. I'll do my best to give you advice that's comprehensive, useful, and immediately actionable.

There are two ways you can join the discussion:

  1. Join the livestream! Ask questions, provide advice, or just hang out.
  2. Ask me a question in advance by recording a quick video here

I live right here on YouTube every Thursday at 10am PDT. Grab a coffee, bring your questions, bring your advice, and let's talk startups.

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Meet the Entrepreneur

Students! Practice networking with startup and small business founders!

As part of our celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week - Sacramento, powered by Western Health Advantage, we are bringing students the opportunity to learn about following your passion to develop a business and how it can impact the quality of your life . You will also hear what startups and small business founders are looking for in their hiring process. Students will obtain insights on introducing yourself, telling your story, and learn about new resources. There will be a fireside chat, with a panel, moderated by Maria Johnson of the Sac State Career Center.

Panelists will include:

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Becoming Centered through Qigong

During Global Entrepreneurship Week Sacramento, we are excited to bring you an opportunity to Become Centered through Qigong.

This session will be led by Dan Casas-Murray, Founder of The Lean Innovator, who will walk attendees through some light Qigong movements and practices to become centered. No experience with Qigong is required as we will explore the most basic of the exercises and will create space for exploration.

Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. People practice qigong throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventive medicine, self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation, self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.*


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How Founders & Businesses Can Prepare for Culture of Wellbeing

Join us during GEW Sacramento 2022 to learn about how you as a founder or small business owner can integrate wellbeing into your company!

During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022, powered by Western Health Advantage, we are very pleased to offer you an opportunity to learn about how you can prepare to integrate a culture of wellbeing into your startup or small business.

The Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is excited to work with Mindful Text in bringing to you a panel discussion where you will have the opportunity to learn about wellbeing in startups and business.

In this session, you will hear from seasoned founders about their experience building and integrating mental health into work and life. We’ll discuss pitfalls that startup founders should look out for when building your business as well as what strategies larger companies are doing to address the growing mental health crisis. By attending this session, you will walk away with up-to-date knowledge about what founders and businesses are doing in 2022-2023 with regards to mental health.


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Creator Economy: Turning creative talent into entrepreneurs

An interactive panel discussion & networking event hosted by Sierra College, the SBDC, California Capital & the Growth Factory.
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we invite you to join us at the new Sierra College Makerspace to learn more about the tools, resources and community available to support our local creative entrepreneurs.

Whether you are at the idea stage, honing your craft, focused on designing your life & career, or thinking of launching a new business -- there are so many paths and possibilities in the creator economy! Afternoon refreshments generously provided by 7 local bakers.

Panelists include:

- Leslie Williams, Associate Director of Sierra SBDC
- Tiffany Lozano, Spanish Peak Productions
- Jeff Smith, Tech Futures Group, SBDC
- Spencer Bardsley, Shared Vision
- Amy Schulz, Sierra College


3:30pm | Welcome, informal networking
4:00pm | Interactive panel discussion
4:45pm | Networking resumes

Hosted by Sierra College in partnership with the NorCal and Sierra Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), California Capital, and the Growth Factory.

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Funded and Scaled in Sacramento

Join us for an insightful discussion on getting funded and scaling your startup during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022!

During Global Entrepreneurship Week Sacramento, powered by Western Health Advantage, we are excited to bring you an insightful discussion on getting funded and scaling your startup in Sacramento. This event is brought to you in partnership with:

  • Moneta Ventures, a Sacramento-based venture capital firm funding and supporting dynamic entrepreneurs to help grow promising early stage startups into world changing companies.
  • The Growth Factory, a Sacramento-based venture accelerator an accompanying venture fund.

At this event you will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of founders who have experienced the early stage startup journey, have raised capital, and built teams to scale a successful venture.

The panel:

  • Bob Wood - President and CEO of Reviver
  • D.J. Stephan - Co-Founder, Advisor and Past COO of SkySlope, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Growth Factory
  • Pam Marrone - Founder and CEO - Chestnut Bio Advisors, Founder and former CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Invasive Species Control Corporation
  • Sabya Das - Partner and West Coast Lead at Moneta Ventures (Moderator)
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AgStart - Raising Money from Strategic Investors

Strategic investors are a powerful source of fundraising for entrepreneurs. AgStart is excited to bring you a Global Entrepreneurship Week event featuring an entrepreneur with successful, lived experience navigating the field: Kathryn Cook.

Kathryn Cook is the CEO & Co-Founder of a local Davis-based agri-food technology company: NuCicer. She recently raised a multi-million-dollar investment from Bayer CropScience and is thrilled to share her journey, advice, and more at the event. After her presentation and discussion, attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with Kathryn, other entrepreneurs, and guests.

About Our Speaker

Kathryn Cook is the CEO of NuCicer, a food technology company reinventing the chickpea with high-protein content and improved agronomic traits to enable affordable, nutritious protein ingredients. Kathryn started her career as a materials science engineer and then transitioned into technical program management leading the development of new products spanning new materials, autonomous aircraft systems, and AI voice assistants. Kathryn's shift into food technology was prompted by a desire to get back to her roots in materials science and leverage her experiences in product development to have a positive impact on the environmental sustainability of our integrated food system. Read about her successful recent funding round here:

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

"Let's show the world what happens when we unleash entrepreneurial ideas, creativity and potential." -- Global Entrepreneurship Week USA

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