Sierra College Startup Event Connects Mentors, Businesses & Students on May 15

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Entrepreneurs get their start at Sierra College with advice from a panel of local founders and motivating presentations from Ed Stockton, Founder, President/CEO, Hydrogen Technologies, Inc. and Ashok Ramaswami, Founder and CEO, Seqnc Inc. at Startup Pitch Mentor Round on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 pm in Weaver Hall at the Sierra College Rocklin campus.

Sierra College students discuss Enactus Club and sustainable chocolate company during networking at Startup Pitch Mentor Round in February.

Sierra College students can see the possibilities when they take a startup pitch prototyped in an entrepreneurial business class and share it with seasoned business owners who have a genuine interest in helping them.

Sierra College is hosting Startup Pitch Mentor Round on May 15 for local entrepreneurs, students and community members from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at Sierra College in Weaver Hall, room 110. Get tickets for Startup Pitch Mentor Round.

Ed Stockton, Founder, President/CEO, Hydrogen Technologies, Inc. in Stockton and Ashok Ramaswami, Founder and CEO, Seqnc Inc. in Pleasant Hill will be the keynote speakers. Sierra College students who have developed business plans will pitch their startup ideas to mentors who are successful founders of businesses in the Sacramento region. As part of the program, the mentors ask questions and provide advice to the students. The audience members gain insights that could encourage them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

According to Steve Ricketts, Founder, SRickettsConsulting, a volunteer who brought the Startup Pitch Mentor Round Concept to Sierra College, this is the third Startup Mentor event held this school year. “There is no fee to attend, apply to pitch or receive feedback from the mentors,” said Ricketts. “Successful founders want to give back by nurturing student startups with honest advice. By offering referrals to resources at no charge, we can increase entrepreneurial activity in the Sacramento region. Students and local entrepreneurs are welcome to attend and be inspired by Ed Stockton and Ashok Ramaswami who will tell their tales of launching successful companies.”

Feedback on the Startup Pitch Mentor Round from Sierra College faculty and students has been very positive, explained Amy Schulz, Dean, Business and Technology Division. “Students can see the possibilities when they take a startup pitch prototyped in an entrepreneurial business class and share it with seasoned business owners who have a genuine interest in helping them,” said Schulz. “Sierra College has many resources to help those who dream of starting their own businesses including clubs, events, makerspaces, classes, certificates and degrees focused on entrepreneurship. There is support at Sierra College for those who want to form new businesses.”

Hydrogen Technologies, Inc. has patented a revolutionary method for burning hydrogen and oxygen in a vacuum chamber to create heat and steam with no greenhouse gases. This distributed renewable energy is the next wave of energy creation and has applications in industrial and commercial space conditioning, water and wastewater treatment, food processing, process steam generation and enhanced oil recovery.

Seqnc Inc. is a cloud software company that makes it easy for any organization to create financial models, measure key performance metrics and evaluate capital raising requirements to more efficiently manage their business. Ashok has been a finance and strategy leader for leading global and startup companies for more than two decades, executing over $2.5 billion of transactions in merger and acquisitions, public and private financing, and venture capital.

Sierra College is honored that that the following business leaders are contributing their expertise to mentor student startups: 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, Director, DCA Partners, LLC; Debbie Lowe Muramoto, Director, Women’s Business Center; Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder, Hacker Lab and Steve Ricketts, Founder SRickettsConsulting.

Get tickets for the May 15 Startup Pitch Mentor Round. For more information, contact Steve Ricketts at sricketts(at) or (530) 878-0112.

Sierra College District is rising to the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.

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