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Wednesday, November 15th

1 Million Cups

Join 1 Million Cups Sacramento during Global Entrepreneurship Week for an in-person meetup at the Carlsen Center at Sac State. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in our community face-to-face!

This will be a hybrid meeting so those who can't come in person can join us on zoom.


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Arrive early to have a chance to say hello to your friends and to make some new ones!

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Mentor Sprint - Speedmentoring!

The Mentor Sacramento Office Hours Sprint is an opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs and startups to gain invaluable expert advice and connections to solve persistent issues in their ventures. Nothing is more valuable than expert advice, at the right time. Mentor Sprint is like speed dating for startup/small business founders and mentors.

Participants will have the opportunity to (virtually) meet with several expert mentors, investors, advisors, subject matter experts, and experienced entrepreneurs in 15-minute sprint sessions. During each session founders will provide details on their company and ask mentors for advice. Founders will have the opportunity to get expert feedback quickly and from a variety of sources and backgrounds - something that is rare to find in just one hour.

The goal of Mentor Sprint is to further connect startup founders and mentors and prove the value of mentorship. An application sign up is required to reserve a spot in the Mentor Sprint event during Global Entrepreneurship Week!

The Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Mentor Network is powered by the California Bank of Commerce!

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Strategic Growth Opportunities in International Business

As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2023, powered by Western Health Advantage, we are happy to offer an opportunity to learn how you can grow your business strategically through international business. The Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is excited to partner with the World Trade Center Northern California in running this workshop to exploring the opportunities to grow your business through global trade. International business is a way to source what your company needs and to find new markets or customers.

You will learn about:

  • How you can get started in international trade?
  • What the fundamentals of importing and exporting?
  • What resources are available to help you?
  • Additionally you will learn how companies have successfully taken that next step to grow their business through international trade.

We will have a panel of startups and small businesses who will share their experience in building resiliency, growing revenues, and diversifying markets through imports/exports. (Panel will be announced soon).

The panel was moderated by Kevin Mather, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Northern California.

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From Lab to Market: Unleashing the Power of Academic Research

Join us during Global Entrepreneurship Week powered by Western Health Advantage for an inspiring fireside chat with a remarkable innovator and entrepreneur, Dr. Matt Amicucci, Co-Founder of One Bio. This event will delve into the exciting journey of turning academic research into tangible solutions, particularly focusing on the fascinating world of food science, technology, and health.

About Dr. Matt Amicucci:

With a background in culinary arts, Dr. Amicucci's journey is a testament to the power of interdisciplinary exploration. He spent a decade in restaurant kitchens while simultaneously putting himself through culinary school. However, his curiosity soon led him to the crossroads of cooking, food science, and health. This intersection compelled him to pursue a bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology, followed by a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Matt Amicucci and gain valuable insights into the world of entrepreneurship, academic research, and the journey from lab discoveries to market-ready solutions. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned professional, or simply curious about the intersection of science and business, this fireside chat promises to be an engaging and informative experience.

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2023 Spark Venture Competition - 5th Annual

Join us for the 5th Annual Spark Venture Competition which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2023, 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.

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.*

The Demo Day event will be in person at the Carlsen Center.

Our Judges:

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Social Ventures:

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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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