CONNEX Investor Night

CONNEX Investor Night

This event on Dec. 4 2019 was the culmination of a decade’s effort to put the spotlight on investable cleantech companies in our region. Four outstanding companies delivered clear, compelling, and high-quality presentations on their companies to a packed crowd of investors and supporters at our first CONNEX event, in collaboration with New Energy Nexus (formerly the California Clean Energy Fund or CalCEF). It went so well, we are planning a second one in March, with three companies already wanting to participate. Sponsored by New Energy NexusBlueTech Valley Stoel Rives, and the  California Energy Commission 

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Growth Factory Filling Gaps in Regional Ecosystem

Based on the idea that the Sacramento region is “primed for success” in launching new businesses, but that entrepreneurs needed help in getting started, Mark Haney and Monique Brown founded a new business accelerator based in Rocklin—the Growth Factory.  On March 10,...

Venture Catalyst Expanding at UC Davis

Janine Elliott was our guest on October 12 for a Perspectives podcast, explaining her new role.  She comes to us from 6 years at VentureWell in Amherst, MA, one of the best- funded and most complete tech incubators, and from the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator, which...

CleanStart Sponsors

Weintraub | Tobin, EY, Stoel Rives,

Greenberg Traurig LLP, BlueTech Valley,

Buchalter, Moss Adams,

College of Engineering & Computer Science

at Sacramento State

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Opportunity Knocks! Find Out How Feb. 12

Opportunity Knocks! Find Out How Feb. 12

On February 28 CalSEED is opening the window for accepting 2020 applications for their $150,000 Phase I grants for proof of concept from early stage startups.  This is a golden opportunity to get funding.  It is not a loan and not a sale of shares.  It’s a grant, and no matching funds are required. Interested?

We are hosting a workshop for companies to learn more details about the application process.  There will be two sessions held Feb. 12 at Hacker Lab; Rocklin will hold one at 1:30 pm and Sacramento will be in the evening starting at 6:00 pm.  Put it on your calendar and RSVP below. CalSEED will be looking to fund 6-7 companies from the Central Valley, so prospects are good.  Don’t miss out.

This funding opportunity is designed for early stage startups working on clean energy anywhere in California. CalSEED is open to any California based individual, group, company or organization with an early stage innovation. Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the Application Manual before applications open. Visit for more details. #CalSEED2020

This CalSEED Concept Award provides promising innovators not only with $150,000 in grant funding, but also unprecedented professional development resources and access to California’s best accelerators and incubator programs! Phase 1 Award winners are also eligible for an additional $450,000 in Phase 2 to advance their ideas.  

Powered by New Energy Nexus and its mission to create a 100% clean energy economy for 100% of the population, CalSEED supports diverse entrepreneurs who deliver equitable outcomes from their cleantech innovations.  CalSEED is made possible by the California Energy Commission and funded through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC).

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