Learn about one of Sacramento’s most unique communities, the Atrium, and most unique events, UpcyclePop, from its founder, Shira Lane. In a nutshell, the Atrium916 is a collective of artists, creator, designers and entrepreneurs that hold sustainability and circular design paramount to their practices. But, you can learn that from Shira, herself!
As you can see, there’s no better place for Startup Weekend Sacramento: Sustainable Revolution to be held at (and sponsored by) than the Atrium.
Be sure to check out one of their UpcyclePop events, too!
Feeling inspired to join the Sustainable Revolution? Bring your ideas, skills, and drive, meet like-minded entrepreneurs, visionaries, and hustlers, and develop a business idea in 54 hours!
Why do almost all farm equipment and heavy duty vehicles use diesel combustion engines? The main reason is the torque and power density available to operate onboard hydraulic systems. Until recently, there was no other option. This is a problem that Terzo Power Systems is solving.
Hydraulics serve a vital role in all industries. They are often ignored but are a major contributor to waste and GHG. These systems are large and can have total energy efficiency of under 20%. They are usually powered by diesel engines. Terzo Power Systems in Sacramento saw this as a system to improve. With their Hydropulse and HEVI Hybrid technologies they have tripled the efficiency of these systems. This means less fossil fuels burned, cleaner emissions, and lower operating costs.
We are excited about how Startup Weekend Sponsor Terzo Power Systems is making a difference. There technology is addressing 3 of the Challenges being put on at this startup weekend.
- Challenge 8: Build a Sustainable Agriculture & Sustainable Food Industry
- Challenge 9: Build highly Energy Efficient Products and Systems
- Challenge 14: Build the future of Sustainable Mobility
Do you have an idea like Terzo Power Systems that can help build sustainability but don’t know where to begin? Do you want to take action against climate change and help your ideas move forward to a more sustainable world here in Sacramento? Turn out on June 21-23 for Global Startup Weekend Sustainability Revolution bringing Sacramento together to build solutions. We have 15 challenges around finding solutions to waste, climate change, emissions, and more. We are volunteers and community groups who have focused on building entrepreneurship and sustainability businesses in the region.
Challenge 6: Reduce Food Waste
Organic waste, of which 15% is food waste, is the largest single contributing source to landfills. Food waste transported to landfills decomposes, releasing potent greenhouse gasses, especially methane, that contributes to climate change.
- According to a recent study, food waste has increased by 50% since 1974.
- Forty percent of the food produced in the United States ends up in a landfill or is left to rot in the field.
- More than 365 million pounds of food is wasted every single day, enough to fill an entire football stadium.
- On a micro level, Americans are throwing out 15-25% of the food they purchase, which over time equates to 400 pounds of wasted food per person, per year, with an estimated cost of more than $200 billion.
To combat food waste on a local level, WasteRightSac helps businesses meet state mandates for diverting recyclables, food waste, and green waste from landfill disposal and reduce greenhouse gasses, but there’s more work to be done!
Do you have an idea that can reduce food waste? Join Startup Weekend Sacramento: Sustainable Revolution to turn that idea into a business plan.
And, the next one: Challenge 5: Substitute the Disposable by the Sustainable!
What’s one way to eliminate waste? Create less dependence on disposable products!
ChicoBag – a Chico-based company – focuses solely on creating quality bags using recycled materials to replace single-use bags. They also offer co-branding services, so that businesses can sell their own branded, re-usable bags.
What is something that you can replace with a sustainable solution?
Join the Sustainable Revolution with ChicoBag by thinking up your own Sustainable Startup Idea! Buy Your Ticket today!
And here’s Challenge 4: Upcycling!
Can you create a business plan around an idea that takes by-products, waste materials and unwanted products and turn them into something new, useful or inspiring?
Need some ideas? Consider UpcyclePOP.
Upcyclepop is a multi-layered connected shopping experience. A play place for all ages to find creative upcycled pieces of art, fashion, furniture and inventions. Shoppers get to meet and watch artists create.
If you need some inspiration, you’ll have to check out the UpcyclePOP market at the Atrium and join one of their upcoming events – and, yes, this is exactly where Startup Weekend is being hosted!
Join the Sustainable Revolution with UpcyclePop by thinking up your own UpCycling Startup Idea! Purchase your ticket today!
Time for Challenge 3: Extend a product’s lifetime!
How can we reduce waste? How about making the products we buy and resources we use last longer.
Need some inspiration? Consider the RePurpose Team from Davis – the winners of the 2019 Big Ideas Content grand prize.
The RePuprose Team’s idea involved harvesting electric vehicle batteries at the end of their lifecycle and reassembling and redeploying these batteries to provide commercial solar developers with new energy storage solutions – and at half the cost of new battery alternatives.
Which begs the question – what is being thrown away that still has valuable uses?
Check out their winning pitch!
Join the Sustainable Revolution and think up your own Sustainable, User-Business Model:
Now for Challenge 2! Change from a consumer business model to a user business model!
Need some ideas on how you can join the Sustainable Revolution?
You’ve seen them everywhere – Jump’s signature red bikes and scooters is a user business model that sells the service of being able to get around town in an easy, sustainable way. It’s basically a community bicycle sharing – less reliance on vehicles without having to own a bike yourself. Due to the teamwork ofCity of Sacramento, Government,Innovate Sac – City of Sacramento Innovation Team, & JUMP, biking and scootering around Sacramento has never been easier.
Alright, alright – it’s not completely local, but no one can deny the impact that Jump is having on Sacramento’s public transportation. Plus, it perfectly exemplifies Challenge 2.
And then there’s Gig Car Share – another contender in the car sharing arena that makes living without a car easier while giving you access to one when you need it. Use their app, select a car that’s parked nearby, reduce the number of cars on the roads, and rent it.
Simple ideas with seriously sustainable implications. Feeling inspired?
Join the Sustainable Revolution and think up your own Sustainable, User-Business Model: https://buff.ly/2Vkt
Here it is: Challenge 1! Build Eco-Conceived Products and Reverse Planned Obsolescence
Need some ideas on how you can join the Sustainable Revolution?
Look at this local company – Origin Materials – that exemplifies our first challenge.
Origin Materials has developed its own technology to produce water bottles from completely sustainable, renewable materials such as cardboard and sawdust. While bottles made from PET, polyethylene terephthalate, are recyclable, their petroleum-based source materials are not renewable. Origin Materials is a prime example of the Sustainable Revolution taking place in Sacramento.
Join the Sustainable Revolution with Origin Materials by thinking up your own Eco-Conceived Products.
“The entire experience — from opening night pitches to the final presentation in front of the judges — gives you the opportunity to participate in the beginning part of the entrepreneurial life cycle. You’ll learn how to think about an idea and communicate, validate, and work together with your team to make it a reality. The mentors and coaches that are there to guide you through this process have been there and done that (in some cases many times over). You’ll also learn about yourself through the process, discovering your strengths, weaknesses, and areas of opportunity as an entrepreneur.
Every time I work with aspiring entrepreneurs — whether they are just starting or already have a stable initiative — I am amazed by the passion they have for their ideas. This weekend will give you the opportunity to put that passion into action and go through the steps to make it a reality.”
Leo Daiuto, Entrepreneur and Technology Leader
“Techstars Startup Weekend is a great opportunity for anyone who has even thought about starting their own business, whether or not they even have a business idea. Over the course of a weekend participants will learn all the things they have to consider with a startup. They’ll get great advice from mentors and if all works well will have a working business prototype by end of the weekend. We’re really happy to have our REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, along with our partners, West Chester University and CCEDC bring this event to Penn State Great Valley.”
Dr. Nemes, Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Penn State Great Valley