Join the “Start-Up Hustle Incubator”

DSC08439If you have dreamed of starting a business in the Sacramento region, you should apply now to join the “Start-up Hustle Incubator.” It is being sponsored by Hacker Lab in partnership with Sierra College in Rocklin to provide start-ups with resources that will increase their success. The idea is that teams will join a community of entrepreneurs and get amazing support from Oct. 1 to Nov. 12, 2015. Winners will receive prizes to accelerate the launch of the venture. Learn more by going to  and be sure to apply by the Sept. 24, 2015 deadline.

This event is designed to help Sacramento area entrepreneurs, according to Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder Hacker Lab. “The goal is to encourage participants to ‘hack’ their start-up by hustling to test ideas and build a business model in just one and a half months.” Teams of one to five members representing any industry – tech start-ups, makers, manufacturers, app developers and services — are invited to apply as well as students. “The teams should budget at least 15 hours per week per person.”

Both first time entrepreneurs and seasoned vets who want to create a brand new business can participate, explained Ullrich. “The competition prizes will accelerate the winning team’s new venture,” said Ullrich. “We are particularly looking for innovative ideas to create a company that adds value to our society.”

The competition is six week long and there will be many start-up resources to guide the teams. “We will be providing mentorship, community connections, education and a proven start-up process to help,” said Ullrich.

The winners will be awarded legal, financial, accounting and marketing services to help their start-up take the next step. The winner will also pitch the concept to investors.

The City of Rocklin and Golden Sierra Job Training Agency are sponsors of the event, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, Sierra College. “The Sacramento region is a great place to start a business. We are seeking mentors to offer practical workshops for the start-up firms,” said Pepper-Kittredge.

For more information about participating or becoming a sponsor/mentor, please go to or email: