The 2022 Progress Report is out!

This year for Global Entrepreneurship Week CleanStart is partnering with Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and  Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to bring you a discussion on how engineering students, as well as professional engineers, can change the world through entrepreneurship.

This year, our region is celebrating BIG during Nov 16-22. But don’t wait until then to learn what’s going on! You’ll have to plan ahead if you want to participate in the annual Spark Venture Competition for business or social impact ventures less than 2 years old. There will be two $7500 1st place prizes and two $2500 2nd place prizes awarded–that’s a lotta dough! Learn more about the competition and/or apply here by November 6! Don’t wait until the last minute — the application requires some thought and pre-work. Spark Venture Competition, Speed Mentoring Plus Other Sacramento Startup Happenings

On November 17th, we bring you a fireside chat with Dr. Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal, Associate Dean of College of Engineering and Computer Science at Sacramento State and Gary Simon, Chairman of CleanStart Sacramento, followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Isabel Gutierrez – CEO and Founder of Vistendo Inc. Gutierrez, founded Vistendo after learning about how she could leverage her skills and apply them to address athlete injury concerns. Blending two of her passions, Gutierrez hopes to Vistendo can keep athletes healthy through proactive communication and education.
  • Mark Henwood – Manager at Powersoft LLC.  Henwood is a habitual entrepreneur building and managing power providers and co-founding CleanStart.
  • Melanie Okoro, Ph.D – Founder, CEO, and Principal at Eco-Alpha Environmental Engineering Services. Dr Okoro has built Eco-Alpha to serve a dual purpose, providing engineering solutions, training community members to work on them.  Eco-Alpha successfully combines engineering with social equity by engaging communities with job training. 


Learn how the curiosity that drives engineers also drives innovation and entrepreneurship. November 17th at 10 am.  Register here!

You’ll also want to apply ahead of time for the Mentor Sacramento Office Hours Sprint happening from 11 am-12:30 pm on November 19. This speed mentoring session is an opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs and startups to gain invaluable expert advice and connections to solve persistent issues in their ventures. Participants will have the opportunity to 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. Space is limited so apply now to secure a spot! 

 Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 is presented by Western Health Advantage, If you are interested in learning about additional events, workshops, and panel discussions check the full list of activities here.


Thomas is the Executive Director of CleanStart. Thomas has a strong background in supporting small businesses, leadership, financial management and is proficient in working with nonprofits. He has a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from California State University, Chico. Thomas has a passion for sustainability and a commitment to supporting non-profits in the region.

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