Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy's 27th Annual Showcase Event

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Capital Plaza Fraternity Ballroom

1025 9th St. #201

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Join prominent Sacramento business leaders for outstanding food and drink, hear from local legend Dale Carlsen on his amazing entrepreneurial journey, and see the results of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy Fellows of 2018’s business planning process. Six teams will be showcased: Ciao Chow, EDGE, HERD, Textured Hairaphy, Mindfulness GYM and reliveitSPORTS.

Keynote Speaker Dale Carlsen is one of Sacramento’s highest-profile entrepreneurs. He entered the mattress industry in 1980 and founded The Sleep Train Inc. in 1985, shortly after graduating Sacramento State University, serving as its Chief Executive Officer and President. In 2014, Mattress Firm acquired Sleep Train for $425 million. Mr. Carlsen served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mattress Firm, until the company was sold again to Steinhoff International. He also served as its President and Chief Strategy Officer from October 2014 to September 2015, when he became its Chief Philanthropy Officer. In November of 2015, Dale left the company to concentrate on the nationwide expansion of the Ticket to Dream Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded by Mr. Carlsen in 2008 to facilitate the Sleep Train Foster Kids program, now the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program.

Mr. Carlsen is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in Sacramento, and in November 2017, he donated $6 million to Sacramento State to fund a center for innovation and entrepreneurship. It is the largest cash donation in CSUS history.


Lot D

1255 I St

Mon-Fri, 6am-4pm: $10

Mon-Fri, In After 4pm: $5

City Hall Garage

913 11th St
Each 30 Min: $1.50
Max, Mon-Fri; 6am-5pm: $20

Evening, 5pm-6am: $5

City of Sacramento Capital Garage

10th & L Sts

Mon-Fri, 6am-5pm: $1.50 per 30 min, $20 max

Mon-Fri, 5pm-6am: $1.50 per 30 min, $5 max

Renaissance Tower Parking Garage

801 K St

Each 20 Min: $2
Max $20


900 13th Street Public Parking
Sacramento, CA 95814

Daily Max $24

Sheraton Grand

1230 J St

Sacramento, CA 95814, US

(619) 233-6624

Surface Lot

Each Hour:$10

Daily Max:$34

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Capital Plaza Fraternity Ballroom

1025 9th St. #201

Sacramento, CA 95814

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