Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Overview

Valley Vision’s forward thinking mind set helps fuel our innovation and entrepreneur-led economic activity. Valley Vision’s work in this space is focused on opportunity, paving the way for new startups to get going, innovation companies growing, and a workforce versed in 21st century skills ready for onboarding.

Valley Vision has defined the route to get there:

  • Identify and promote emerging industries
  • Strengthen the region’s capacity to innovate
  • Improve participation from underserved communities
  • Support new company creation
  • Tell the region’s innovation story
    • Our objective is to diversify the regional economy with a growing number and mix of entrepreneur-led companies.

      Our Metric: Increase the number of startups per 1,000 firm-population (“startup density”) and the rate of startup growth in employment over five years, demonstrating both startup volume and lasting impact.

      • Actively support and advance the innovation and entrepreneurship sector.
      • Implement one or more regional impact investing funds, bringing additional capital sources to the economy.
      • Bring greater coherence to the entrepreneurship support system through engagement and increased alignment.
    • Entrepreneurship is a key indicator of economic vitality and for attracting and retaining talent in the region. Valley Vision actively supports access to entrepreneurial skills – for underserved groups in particular. Helping support this sector will not only grow opportunities for entrepreneurship, but also ensure regional vibrancy for all residents.

Featured Projects

ACE 10 – Americas Competitiveness Exchange

The 10th Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE 10) is coming to Northern California October 21-27, 2018. For more information about sponsoring ACE 10, email Tammy Cronin at tammy.cronin@valleyvision.org. The ACE 10 program will bring together 50 …

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MEDZONE

Economic development and neighborhood revitalization are long and difficult processes. Sustainable success requires integrated support in specific areas. In this way, WayUp Sacramento is driving change at a community level in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. …

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SLINGSHOT: SUPPORTING INNOVATION

To boost the innovation environment in California’s Capital region, bolster high-revenue producing employment sectors and effectively compete in a globalized, information-age economy, entrepreneurship, new startups and human capital must permeate the economy. The Sacramento region …

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Blogs

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International delegation will be looking for trade, research partners

By Mark Anderson  – Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal An international delegation for entrepreneurship and innovation will tour Northern California this fall, ending with a week-long tour of Davis and Sacramento to study advanced food and agricultural business …

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Growing Entrepreneurial Communities

In the last week of November, 2017, a group of thought-leaders on entrepreneur-led economic development from across the nation gathered in Kansas City for a gathering called Growing Entrepreneurial Communities. What is entrepreneur-led economic development? …

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Innovate Sac Showcases New Partnerships and Cutting-Edge Tech

Following the announcement of Dale and Katy Carlsen’s $6 million gift to Sacramento State, which will establish the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sac State’s Alumni Center was the perfect backdrop for Innovate Sac. The …

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