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This past weekend, eight teams competed for first place at Startup Weekend in Elk Grove at the new coworking space, InnoGrove.

The winning teams of Startup Weekend Sacramento: Elk Grove Edition
The winning teams of Startup Weekend Sacramento: Elk Grove Edition

By all accounts it was a very successful, fun, and rewarding weekend. The weekend kicked off Friday night with pizza, registration, and an inspirational keynote address by Sonny Mayugba of Requested, followed by initial 60 second pitches from nineteen eager entrepreneurs.

Sonny Mayugba serving up startup advice with a generous side movitation & inspiration
Sonny Mayugba serving up startup advice with a generous side of motivation & inspiration
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Local entrepreneurs line-up to pitch their ideas on opening night.

After all the initial pitches, participants voted to select the winning ideas by placing stickers on each idea’s giant Post-It note.

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Winning ideas were announced and the teams formed around those ideas and got straight to work.

Saturday was a busy day for teams as they worked around their tables creating business models, validating their market, designing, and coding. In the afternoon, teams tapped into the knowledge of local business leaders who generously donated their time and knowledge to coach & mentor the teams.

Teams get advice from our facilitator Brett Noyes
Teams get advice from our facilitator Brett Noyes

Teams continued fleshing out their fledgling startups on Sunday and polished their pitches in preparation for their big moment later in the afternoon.

Eight teams presented their new startup plans to the panel of judges and a packed house at Innogrove.

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Empire Arts Collective kicked off the final presentations.

After a short period of deliberation, the judges returned and the teams waited with anticipation as Startup Weekend organizing team leader Laura Good acknowledged the support of our sponsors.

The Winning Teams

First place went to Invima, an app that provides instant video messaging on missed calls.

Team Invima
Team Invima

Second place went to Renit — a platform to rent items you aren’t using to people who need them (like sporting equipment).

Team RenIt
Team RenIt

Third place went to team Play to Gather — a mobile platform for board games.

Team Play to Gather
Team Play to Gather

If you’d like to check out the winning teams, they will be pitching at Startup Expo on Tuesday night at Hacker Lab and at Startup Grind at The Urban Hive on Wednesday. They’ll also be exhibiting at the Startup Weekend table at Velocity’s Startup Fair on Thursday afternoon downtown at the Renaissance Bldg. I hope you come out to see the great work they did! All the teams now have a chance to compete in Global Startup Battle. Stay tuned for details on how to help them advance through online voting!

Event by the Numbers:

54 attendees
19 ideas pitched
  8 teams formed/final pitches
14 local sponsors

Jeff Bennett