Growth Factory


Exclusive Networking

Engage in conversations with local founders, investors, advisors, and industry, civic and community leaders.

Insightful Content

Expand your knowledge and gain insights through speaker panels, traction and pitch sessions and tradeshow demonstrations.

Impactful Outcomes

Your participation helps build an ecosystem that allows for the fast flow of knowledge and resources to support our entrepreneurs.

The Backyard Advantage

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The Backyard Advantage is the coming together of Sacramento’s most innovative, committed, and successful mentors, investors, corporate, civic and community leaders to rally around the most promising startup founders and help them succeed.  In addition to creating great companies that call Sacramento home, this effort fuels a thriving culture and a competitive economy.

We believe the Backyard Advantage will be the difference maker for the 100 companies that we identify and invest in over the next four years.  So, we are working hard to bring it to life! 

The GFX Experience

1pm               Doors open

1:30pm        The Kickoff.  Don’t miss!

2:00pm        The Fun & Engagement begin

GET INSPIRED by pitches & presentations from 20+ seed stage local startups

PARTICIPATE in Interactive “garage sessions” and help founders build their business by tackling a key challenge

CONNECT Startups and Mentors — connect in speed mentoring sessions powered by the Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship & StartupSac

LEARN from informative panels that include industry, investment and innovation leaders speaking on topics like the Creator Economy, Future of Fintech, Women in Venture and more

INTERACT with Demos and displays from 40+ local companies 

CELEBRATE our community at the Backyard BBQ & Happy Hour in Attaway Pavillion from 5-7pm

Thank you to our partners...