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Startup Pitch Mentor Round for Entrepreneurs - Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Rocklin, CA 95677

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Thinking of starting a business? Come listen to the advice successful founders give to students making pitches.

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As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sierra College is hosting Startup Pitch Mentor Round on Wednesday, November 20 for local entrepreneurs, students and community members.

Speakers:

  • Thomas Hall, Executive Director, CleanStart Based in Folsom, CleanStart empowers entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital and connections critical to creating successful new clean tech companies in the Sacramento region. There are over 85 companies in the core clean tech sector that generate $3.1 billion in revenue and 5,065 jobs.
  • Sam Ballard and Sean Namnny, developers of a real-time mobile advertising platform to promote community events.
  • Cierra Creter, Sierra College student, pitching subscription service.
  • Other students giving elevator pitches.

Startup Pitches: Sierra College students who have developed business plans will pitch their startup ideas to mentors who are successful founders of businesses in the Sacramento region. As part of the program, the mentors ask questions and provide advice to the students. The audience members gain insights to encourage them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Additionally, students who are just developing their ideas will do a brief Elevator Pitch to get feedback. The audience will be inspired by these entrepreneurial students and benefit from hearing the mentors’ responses.

Mentors: Successful founders and business leaders include David Dwelle, Co-Founder, Flyers Energy, LLC and Pacific Power Renewables; Jason France, Founder, President and Sole Owner, ClipperCreek, Inc.; Mark Haney, Founder, CEO, HaneyBiz and Host, The Mark Haney Show and Monique Brown, VP Operations, HaneyBiz; Rand Heer, Founder, CEO, Piller Corporation and Alight, Inc.; Aaron Klein, Co-Founder, CEO Riskalyze, Inc.; Dr. Grover Lee, Founder, CEO, Wise Villa Winery and American Health Care; Bridget Powers, Former Mayor of Auburn and President, JxB Properties; Don Whitaker, Founder, CEO, CERONIX, Inc.; Craig Mitchell, Director, DCA Partners, LLC; Debbie Lowe Muramoto, Director, Women’s Business Center; Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder, Hacker Lab and Steve Ricketts, Founder SRickettsConsulting. Sierra College is honored that that these successful entrepreneurs are contributing their expertise to mentor student startups, especially Steve Ricketts, Founder, SRickettsConsulting, who brought the Startup Pitch Mentor Round Concept to Sierra College.

Networking: There is time for networking with speakers, mentors, faculty and students before and after the program as well as during the break.

Benefits of attending:

For those interested in starting a business, Sierra College offers several entrepreneurship classes from Social Entrepreneurship to Accounting for a small business, explained Dennis Wingate, Business faculty member, Sierra College and successful founder. “Startup Pitch Mentor Round allows students to practice communicating and validating their ideas to potential stakeholders,” said Wingate. “It also connects them with valuable mentors who can provide guidance and sometimes support to help them navigate the pre-launch and launch process.” Wingate indicated that six former students have launched businesses or are in pre-launch.

“Mentors are contributing their time to inspire future entrepreneurs. There is no charge for student entrepreneurs to apply to pitch or receive feedback from the mentors. By offering honest advice and referrals to resources, as well as this live feedback in an open forum, we can support entrepreneurship in the community,” said Steve Ricketts, SRickettsConsulting and organizer of Startup Pitch Mentor Round.

“Sierra College has many resources to help those who dream of starting their own businesses. Several students who have benefited from the mentors and Startup Pitch process have launched businesses. Come see how students are turning ideas developed in an entrepreneurial business class into exciting startups,” said Amy Schulz, Dean, Business and Technology Division, Sierra College.

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