Connect with your Fellow Startup Weekend Sacramento Attendees with WimZr

Start meeting others who are attending now by downloading the official Startup Weekend Sacramento app, wimZr!


One of the many benefits of attending a Startup Weekend is the new connections you will make. Those connections  with other awesome Sacramento entrepreneurs and professionals will stay with you long after the weekend is over. With that in mind, Startup Weekend Sacramento is teaming up with local Sacramento startup wimZr to help organizers and attendees stay connected with each other before, during, and after the weekend.

wimZr is a mobile application that allows people to connect days, weeks, even months prior to arriving at music festivals, travel destinations, sporting events, business conferences, and so much more worldwide!

Want to take advantage of this opportunity to connect with your fellow Startup Weekend attendees? First download the free wimZr app. You can download wimZr for iPhone and Android.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, add the event Startup Weekend Sacramento.

Once you’ve downloaded the wimZr app and added the event, you’ll have the ability to connect with the organizing team as well as participants, before, during and after the weekend. You’ll be able to view event details/schedule and get push notification throughout the weekend about the schedule, food, mentors and coaching sessions and you’ll be able to connect with other Startup Weekend participants in the app through an open forum, regardless of where you are.

If you haven’t already got your tickets to Startup Weekend Sacramento on Nov 11 – 13, get them now!

Workshop: Pitching Your Idea at Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend opening night pitches – you’ve got just 60 seconds to pitch your idea and convince everyone that your idea is worthy to be selected and worked on over the course of the weekend and to motivate others to join your team to help you work on the idea. Unfortunately some people aren’t prepared for this short format. It’s all to easy to squander this 60 seconds if you’re not focused and don’t get to the point of your pitch. But the good news is, you’ll have a chance to prepare and practice your pitch before the weekend starts.

FREE Pre-event Workshop: Pitching Your Idea at Startup Weekend

When: Monday, November 7, 2016 6:30pm

Where: The Urban Hive, 1931 H Street Sacramento, CA

Cost: FREE!

This is your chance to practice your pitch and get feedback from peers and coaches before Startup Weekend begins! You will get the basics on how to make your 1-minute pitch effective so other participants at Startup Weekend Sacramento will want to join your team.  As an entrepreneur learning how to effectively pitch your idea to investors and customers is key for success, and what you learn during this workshop you can later apply in future pitches.

Not sure if you are ready to commit to Startup Weekend? Come on out anyway — the people you meet and the practice experience will help you decide if Startup Weekend is right for you.

RSVP for the Workshop!


3 Steps to Develop Your Mobile App Idea

Startup Weekend is only possible because of generous sponsorship from the Sacramento business community. Apptology, once again is demonstrating its generosity, commitment, and support of Sacramento’s startup community and Startup Weekend by sponsoring at the platinum level. Based in Northern California, Apptology is the leading mobile applications development and mobile marketing company. The following is a guest post by Apptology CEO, Rich Forman.

You’ve been thinking about an idea that you think can be the next Uber for weeks. So what do you do? Here are three steps you can take that will help you develop your idea.

1. Research Your Mobile App Idea:

The first thing you want to do with your idea is to research it. I had a client that spent a considerable amount of time having me do an NDA dance before speaking with me. Once we finally started talking, I quickly did a search on the Apple App Store and found there were over 25 similar apps listed; he quickly lost interest in pursuing this project.

Keep in mind that it’s not the end of the world if you find another app that does what you’re trying to accomplish. You just have to figure out how to make your app better. Remember, before Google there was Yahoo; Before Facebook, there was MySpace. It’s not so much who goes to market first, but rather who executes best.

In doing your research, you need to also look at the market potential. For example, let’s say you had an app that was geared for veterinarians. A quick Google search shows that there are 90,000 veterinarians in the U.S. Now, you just identified your market potential.

2. Create Storyboard for Your Mobile App:

Now it’s time to put your idea down on paper and develop a storyboard (or wireframe). This is where the rubber hits the road and you put yourself in the shoes of the user. For instance, what’s the first thing they see once they launch your app? The first screen takes you to the main menu; the user taps the top button, where does it take the user? And so on.

To create our wireframes, our designers use a design tool called Balsamiq. I send our clients a PowerPoint template where they can either use PowerPoint’s drawing tools or they can even print it out and hand draw it.

The advantage of creating a storyboard are:

  • It helps develop your idea
  • You have something to show as you try to recruit people or investors
  • Provides direction for your development team

3. Develop Mobile App Business Plan:

After you’ve done the research and developed a storyboard, if you decide you have something viable, you need to put together a business plan. After you’ve followed these 3 steps diligently, I suggest reading the 5 Challenges of a Startup Appreneur to know what you’re up against and strategize accordingly. Good luck on your start up journey as you recruit co-founders, get funding, etc.

Fun with iOS App development – Basic Overview

A lot of the ideas that people come up with during Startup Weekend are apps. Additionally, a lot of business ideas can be implemented through apps. Having an app is a great asset for a firm to publicize their business even when the app is not the main product. If you have an idea you’re considering for Startup Weekend that will need an app or even if you’ve just wondered how the apps you use are made, we’ve got a special FREE workshop lined up for you.

Get ready to have fun with iOS App Development! This workshop will give you an overview of iOS App development, helping you get ready for the Startup Weekend event on Nov 11-13!

Thu, October 27, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Hacker Lab
1715 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

RSVP and join us to get a feel of how the apps you use on your phone are developed.


How Does Startup Weekend Work?

The next Startup Weekend Sacramento is just a few weeks away. The organizing team expects to see a lot of new faces at this upcoming event. With that in mind, here’s an infographic to give attendees a quick visual overview of what to expect over the course of the weekend. If you haven’t signed up for Startup Weekend yet, here’s the details:

When: November 11 – 13, 2016

Where: Velocity Venture Capital, 801 K St. 28th floor


Download PDF version of the infographic



Sponsor Spotlight: Rocket Department

Startup Weekend would not be possible without support and funding from our business community. In the next few weeks leading up to the November 11-13 event, we’d like to publicly recognize this generous support.


Sacramento-based Rocket Department is itself a startup, originating 2 years ago from a Cereal Hack hackathon. Since that time, the team at Rocket Department have been stalwart supporters and champions of the Sacramento startup community and Startup Weekend. They build ideas to inspire people and to create a vibrant, tech-forward region. They work closely with innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, and community groups.

Thank you Rocket Department!

Want to be part of the Sacramento startup community? Sign up for Startup Weekend Sacramento taking place November 11-13.

Impact Venture Capital

Startup Weekend is only possible because of generous sponsorship from the Sacramento business community. Impact Venture Capital is our signature sponsor and is dedicated to helping to grow our startup ecosystem. Take a minute and get to know Impact VC and how your startup can work with them.6da0c374e46d492e9dd14edee2122de3

At Impact Venture Capital, we believe that talented human capital, mentored startups, and a strong ecosystem drives the innovation economy of Northern California. In past decades, the digital and mobile revolutions, started here in Northern California, radically transformed the way we live, work, and play. But, this economy is ready to change the world in a way never seen before. New technologies, like artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, driverless cars, and robotics, have the potential to solve some of the greatest challenges the world has ever seen.

As nearly a billion people grapple with hunger; as we waste almost $1 trillion in the healthcare system; and as we spew billions of tons of carbon into the air, vital industries are ripe for disruption. And that disruption will improve the lives of billions of people across the planet. We’re at the epicenter of that disruption here in the Northern California “Technology Triangle”, anchored by the San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento, and we are uniquely positioned to provide real solutions to these challenges.

At Impact Venture Capital, we focus on the information technology companies targeting industries best able to lead this disruption, including security & government; energy & transportation; agriculture & health; and education & media. We co-invest and partner with major corporations to resource these efforts and ensure our startups are funded and sustainable for the long haul. With investment offices in Sacramento and Silicon Valley, Impact will tap into the most exciting opportunities coming from Northern California’s best research labs or from its smallest garages. By investing and collaborating with us, you too will help find the solutions for tomorrow.

Customer Development Workshop

“More startups fail from a lack of customers than from a failure or product development.” ~ Steve Blank 


Do you have an idea for a business? It is time to put it to the test!

Learn some of the tools and skills needed to get valuable information from potential customers so you can set up your business for success. Finding whether your product or service is something people will really go for requires a strategy and the right way to ask. This will be an interactive workshop on how to interview your potential customers and find whether is time to pivot!

When: Tue, November 1, 2016 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Capsity, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818

Cost: Free


Extra Credit: Take what you learn in this workshop and put it to the test. Sign up for Startup Weekend Sacramento.

No Monkey Business, Startup Weekend Alum Activity Jungle Gets Traction In Sacramento

One year later, Sac State students’ company launched at Startup Weekend still has traction


You don’t have to win at Startup Weekend to come away as a winner. Just ask Clarisse Baca and John Meidinger, founders of Activity Jungle. Last November at Innogrove, Elk Grove’s new coworking space, Clarisse and John pitched their final presentation to a crowded room. Their pitch? An online marketplace for Sacramento families to search, contact, write and read reviews of high quality, local children’s activities in a simple, convenient way, including a local network of activity providers they personally work with to bring parents the best activities.

Clarice pitching at Startup Weekend in Elk Grove last November
Clarice pitching at Startup Weekend in Elk Grove last November

Activity Jungle wouldn’t go on to win or even place in that Startup Weekend but based on feedback from parents in attendance at the final pitches they knew they had a solid idea and market. After Startup Weekend, Clarice and John continued developing their startup, bootstrapping using their own funds. Last Fall they applied for and were accepted into Hacker Lab’s Startup Hustle program, an eight week bootcamp designed help entrepreneurs launch a new startup.

Activity Jungle at the Startup Grind Summer Party at The Urban Hive
Activity Jungle at the Startup Grind Summer Party at The Urban Hive

In just a few short months since launching at Startup Weekend, Activity Jungle has gained respectable traction in the Sacramento startup community and enjoyed a modest degree of mainstream media coverage as well. Cathie Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reported on Activity Jungle recently in her article, links Sacramento parents to activities for kids. They were also recently featured on Good Day Sacramento.

What’s next for Activity Jungle? You have a chance to find out directly from them this week. If you’d like to get a chance to hear them pitch live and talk with them, they’ll be one of two presentations at the inaugural 1 Million Cups Sacramento this Wednesday morning at 9:00am at Velocity Venture Capital’s offices on the 28th floor of the Renaissance Tower at 801 K. Street.

Do you want your own chance to test drive entrepreneurship? The next Startup Weekend Sacramento will take place November 11 – 13, also at Velocity Venture Capital’s offices on the 28th floor of the Renaissance Tower at 801 K. Street. Get your tickets now and take advantage of early bird pricing.

Save the Date: Startup Weekend Sacramento November 11 – 13

Entrepreneurship—take it for a spin


Calling all Sacramento entrepreneurs! Startup Weekend is returning to Sacramento November 11 – 13. Startup Weekend Sacramento is your opportunity to test drive entrepreneurship risk-free. No need to worry about quitting your job or emptying your 401K. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to launch a business from just an idea, Startup Weekend is your chance to take the experience for a ride and see how it feels.

Do you have an idea you’d like to build out? Do you want to meet motivated, talented hustlers like yourself? Startup Weekend is the perfect circumstance to build a company—or at least as much as you can build in 54 hours!

Here are a few things you can ‘test drive’ during Startup Weekend:
1. The desire to become an entrepreneur—is it more than just a dream?
2. The idea—can you build it into a viable business?
3. The startup lifestyle—can you handle a high growth, low structured environment?

Nobody leaves a Startup Weekend empty handed, even if you don’t win. You’ll come away with new skills, new connections to motivated people like yourself, and perhaps, a startup business!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: pitch your startup idea and receive feedback from your peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs of various skill sets who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

Interested? Get your tickets, today!