How to Build Startup Partnerships w/ Mastercard Lighthouse

About this event Partnerships are the key to scaling your startup! To learn more about how to build successful startup partnerships, join our virtual discussion session with Eleonore Hinlopen and Lana Brandorne, from Mastercard Lighthouse, the leading partnership platform in the Nordics and Baltics. In this virtual event we discuss: 1- What is Mastercard […]

Unique Value Proposition, Solution, Existing Alternatives, Early Adopters, Jobs-to-be-Done, and Assumptions

Part of the Carlson Center Virtual Entrepreneurship Virtual Toolkit Series Document your offering, its key features that solve the customers’ problems/needs, and determine what unique competitive advantage you might have.Learn Design thinking concepts such as brainstorming and practice creating prototypes of a new product/service.Identify your early adopters Register HERE.

Employee Retention: Keeping a Strong Workforce

Employers in the manufacturing industry understand that they’re fighting an extremely competitive war for talent. One of the best ways to win is by ensuring you are retaining the talent you currently have. By doing so, you mitigate the high costs that come with employee turnover. In this webinar, presented […]

2021 Fastest Growing Companies

Our region is home to a number of businesses, new and old. Join us as we honor the Fastest Growing companies of 2021 and count them down to number one! Prior to the start of the awards ceremony, attend a networking reception utilizing multiple Zoom breakout rooms: Visit virtual exhibitors and sponsors in their virtual breakout rooms. You will be able to move from room to room.You will be able to find your friends on the room breakout list.Connect with folks you haven't seen in months or meet new people.  In order […]


Applications are due by Aug 16, 2021 by 5 p.m. PST and MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE. The first year is usually the most difficult for small businesses with many startups struggling with capital, overhead expenses, permitting processes and the details of actually managing a business. To make it easier, in […]

How to Apply for the California Relief Grant Program

Join us as CalNonprofits CSBG Program Manager Sue Sigler, CEO Jan Masaoka, and Public Policy Director Lucy Salcido Carter answer your questions about the grant program, and go through the application process with an emphasis on how nonprofits can fit into the application form. Register here. If you meet the […]

CAL Seed

CalSEED ApplicationsNow Being Accepted We have been saying to be on the lookout for the announcement that the window is open for the next round of CalSEED applications for their Phase 1 Proof of Concept $150,000 awards. These are grants. They are not loans that need to be repaid, and no surrender […]

AgStart Cyber security

Join partner NCBiotech to hear about cyber security in the growing age of data analytics and explore what that means for our food supply chain.   Guests:  Blake Bextine, Ph.D.Program Manager, Biological Technologies OfficeDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Alex BoakyeVice President Cyber Analytics Research and DevelopmentSAS Institute Inc. Andy KennedyCo-Leader, […]

Go-to-Market Strategies, Ideation, Traction, and Experiments

Part of the Carlson Center Virtual Entrepreneurship Toolkit Series, Understand how to get your offering to the market through the correct channels.Determine how to get, keep and grow customer relationships.Learn to test and validate your Product-Market Fit. Register HERE.

Unlock the Secrets of Collaboration to Improve Team Performance

One of an organization's biggest challenges is getting its diverse talent to work together in the most efficient and profitable way. A myth exacerbating this difficult challenge is that mixed personalities "won't ever get along." The truth is that in the right environment such talent can be turned into high-performance […]

Using YouTube to Help Grow Your Business

Event Details Due to events of the past year, many businesses are exploring how they can continue to reach new customers, and get back to pre-pandemic growth.  Video is an incredibly powerful way to showcase your business and reach new customers.  With over 1.8 Billion monthly users, YouTube is a […]