The Sacramento iHub, which stretches from the East Bay to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and covers the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, will empower the region’s natural competitive advantages in agro-sciences, medical services, clean energy, and government technology to become globally competitive growth clusters. Sacramento’s budding entrepreneurial ecosystem, in collaboration with local research universities and corporate partners, is poised to transform these advantages into new, tech-focused ventures.
With the revitalization of downtown Sacramento, including the nearly complete Golden 1 Center and the rise of the Railyards Innovation District, the arrival of the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, and the focus of UC Davis, the World Food Center, Sacramento State, and the University of the Pacific, momentum is at a fever pitch. Sacramento’s MedStart, AgStart, and CleanStart programs help drive technology creation in these sectors throughout the iHub’s geography.
Velocity Venture Capital’s Entrepreneur’s Showcase educates and mentors the Sacramento/ Northern California regions’ top startups and graduate students then connects them to Fortune 500 corporations, policymakers, mentors and investors facilitating knowledge, experience, idea and resource sharing and creating a system of connected capital that builds viable companies and fuels entrepreneurial growth in the region. Programs include the Entrepreneurs Showcase Accelerator, Bag Lunch & Big Ideas, Entrepreneurial Drive, and Epic Office Hours, culminating in the Demo Day, where selected tech companies pitch their companies to investors from across Northern California.
Throughout the region, Innovation partners like Auburn Tech Incubator, Davis Roots, HackerLab, Startup Grind and Area 52 provide resources and support – ie: maker labs, co-working space, educational programs and mentoring to startups at varying stages of development.
Our Economic Development iHub partners, like California Capital, Valley Vision, the SBA and the Capital Region SBDC, work to ensure these new opportunities are accessible to all of Sacramento’s residents. Linked Learning ensures that our graduates are career-ready by connecting major employers with high school and university students. High-impact internships provide students with the skills they need to compete in the industries of the 21st century.
In all of this, our universities and colleges play a vital role in providing needed skills for Sacramento’s workforce, pushing forward new research, and translating that research into new products and services.
Momentum is building in Sacramento – great things are right around the corner.
A coalition of partners is in development.
UNIVERSITY ANCHOR PARTNERS:
Partnership discussion in progress.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ANCHOR PARTNER:
Institute for Science and Innovation Anchor Partner:
Innovation Partner Support Anchor Partners:
- Linked Learning Alliance
- Valley Vision
- California Capital
- Capital Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Auburn Tech Incubator
- Area 52
- Davis Roots
- Startup Grind
TECH TRANSFER ANCHOR PARTNER:
- Venture Catalyst at UC Davis
VENTURE CAPITAL NETWORK ANCHOR PARTNERS:
Deputy Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development