Startup Pitch Mentor Round will be held During Global Entrepreneurship Week

On November 20, Sierra College will host Startup Pitch Mentor Round in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Students will pitch their startups to mentors who will provide immediate feedback. The event will held in the Fireside room adjacent to the cafeteria from 6-8 pm at the Rocklin campus, 5100 Sierra College Boulevard. Free tickets for this startup event are available online. For more information, contact Steve Ricketts, Founder, SRickettsConsulting, who developed Startup Pitch Mentor Round with the college, at sricketts(at)cebridge.net or (530) 878-0112.

Startup Pitch Mentor Round allows students to practice communicating and validating their ideas to potential stakeholders.

To support student entrepreneurs, Sierra College offers several 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.

Sacramento area founders and business leaders who are Sierra College mentors 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, Partner, DCA Partners, LLC; Debbie Lowe Muramoto, Director, Women’s Business Center; Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder, Hacker Lab and Steve Ricketts, Founder SRickettsConsulting.

Startup Pitch Mentor Round will introduce entrepreneurship as a career path and connect prospective entrepreneurs to a network.

The event will connect entrepreneurs, students, successful founders and community members as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 18-21). According to Amy Schulz, Dean, Business and Technology Division, Sierra College, Startup Pitch Mentor Round will introduce entrepreneurship as a career path and connect prospective entrepreneurs to a network that can get them started. “Sierra College has many resources to help those who dream of starting their own businesses,” said Schulz. “We appreciate our industry partners who are mentoring students as they launch startups conceived in a Sierra College business class.”

CleanStart executive director Thomas Hall will also share the resources this Folsom-based organization provides to small business startups. In the Sacramento region, the core clean tech sector has over 85 companies, employs 5,065 people and generates $3.1 billion in revenue. To support the success of new clean tech companies, CleanStart provides entrepreneurs with vital knowledge, capital and connections.

Pitches will be made by Sam Ballard and Sean Namnny, developers of a real-time mobile advertising platform to promote the arts and community events as well as Cierra Creter, Sierra College student, who is pitching a subscription service. Additionally, several Sierra College students will be making shorter elevator pitches.

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.

Listening to mentors’ advice helps attendees gain insights into the entrepreneurial mindset, explained Ricketts. “Mentors are contributing their time to inspire future entrepreneurs,” said Ricketts. “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.”

Get tickets for the November 20 Startup Pitch Mentor Round.



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