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   Valley Ventures Success  
  The Fall 2019 cohort is in full swing! A number of budding ventures from all around California have convened for our Valley Ventures Accelerator Program. Valley Ventures was created to propel agriculture, water, and energy startups to greater success. Valley Ventures sees innovations as indispensable assets to the Central Valley. Each company is taught the best strategies for turning profits and raising capital. Members of the cohort interact with one another to strengthen their communication techniques as well as make valuable network connections. You can learn more about Valley Ventures by watching an informational video here.

Meet Cohort 4!
Aivaka | Ecoli Sense | Electro-Active Technologies Inc | Epiphene Inc
Hago Energetics | HyperBorean | Inputs | IntrinsyxBio
Irrigation for the Future, Inc | Membrion | Nitricity | RABAC 
SCARLET Solar | SECCO2 | Streamline Systems

  Come see us at CVIEF!  
   Come one, come all to the 2019 Central Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum in Clovis, California! Come socialize with up-and-coming entrepreneurs from all over the Central Valley and meet the 2019 Valley Ventures cohort! Tickets are $45 and available at the door. Walk-ins welcome. Get your tickets here!  
 In The News

Aquacycl raises $4M
Aquacycl, a wastewater company has just raised $4M in funding. Aquacycl plans on using the funds to expand its marketing team and improve production efficiency. 

Granlikbakken Tahoe 
The Sierra Green Business network has launched a new resort in the Truckee-Tahoe region, Granlibakken Tahoe! The resort is available for events, getaways and company retreats.

Dairies are halfway to sustainability
California is implementing more sustainable technology in its dairies. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has allotted over $100 million for sustainability measures to be taken.
 Egeria wins big
Egeria, a startup company that
offers a platform for streaming
news about government business has just won the StartupSac
Warm-Up Pitch competition.

Alternative Funding
Thanks to the CDFI Fund, a program
that aims to provide funding to less fortunate communities, small businesses don’t have to turn to
high-interest bank loans to raise capital.

Empower Innovation Network
Welcome to the Empower Innovation Network! Empower Innovation helps you identify funding opportunities, development resources, and project leads. EIN is an initiative of the California Energy Commission, in collaboration with BlueTechValley and other partners.

WET Member Highlight
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  Azadi is a Valley Ventures alumni dedicated to developing technology that combats climate change. Since joining Valley Ventures, Azadi has raised $200,000 and more than doubled its employee count. Dennis Pittman of Azadi spoke to BlueTechValley, saying that attending industry seminars was incredibly helpful. “We have learned about resources to propel our business forward, and conceived new ideas through various interactions with other startups.” You can learn more about WET membership here!  
Team Member Highlight
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Meet Alexis Ford, the Marketing Coordinator at the Water, Energy, and Technology Center! She received her Bachelor's in Agricultural Communications from Fresno State in May of this year. When she isn't working, you can find her practicing her photography skills, hiking, or gardening! Alexis voiced a passion for "creat[ing] those valuable connections that spur innovation and connection between rural and urban communities." 
Funding and Other Opportunities
Small Business Innovation Research Program - $25M
Deadline: October 23
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation -$4.5M
Deadline: November 20
Food Production Investment Program Varies
Deadline: November 20
Ag and Food Research Initiative - Up to $1M
Deadline: December 18, 2019
Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas - Varies
Deadline: December 19, 2019 
Grants for Institutions of Higher Education - $800K
Deadline: January 23, 2020
BlueTechValley and Partner Events
  Central Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum | October 23
Location: Clovis, California
Come network with promising startups! Don't miss out on one of the most unique and interactive events in the Central Valley! Attending CVIEF will give you the opportunity to observe leading innovators for only $45. All the fun of being a savvy millionaire business leader with none of the risks! Register to attend here!

Cleantech Open West Awards & Innovation Showcase | October 23

Oakland, California
This showcase is the culmination of a seven-month cleantech accelerator program. Register here.

Fourth Annual Open Farm | October 23
Location: Tulare, CA
Open Farm is an annual gathering that combines the best of the software community and the farming community. The highlight of this year is automation. There will be field demonstrations by vendors, peer reviewed presentations and an industry panel led by growers. Register here!

1 Million Cups Chico Weekly Event | October 30
Chico, California
Join Chico State every week for a fun networking event! Learn more here.

Chico Meetup | October 30 
Location: CSU Chico Colusa Hall 100A
Meet agricultural and food processing companies, farmers, ranchers, faculty, students, technology companies, and entrepreneurs to develop connections between farm and processor needs and the ag and food technology companies that are in the region. Register here!

Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay | November 1 - 3
Location: CSUMB University Center
This is a 3-day innovative technology development competition for students at CSUMB and local colleges. Student teams work with the help of mentors on creating prototype technology projects to solve community problems. Learn more here.

ESNA Conference and Exhibition | November 7
San Diego, California
Developers, energy users, and policymakers will gather in San Diego to advance the understanding of energy storage. Register here!

CA-NV AWWA Fall Conference
Date: October 21, 2019

Advanced water treatment workshop
Date: October 21, 2019

Emerging Technology Summit 
Date: October 21 & 22, 2019

VERGE 2019 
Date: October 22-24, 2019

Water Well & Pump Technology Workshop
Locations: Temecula & Redding
Date: October 28 & 30, 2019

StartupSac Happy Hour
Date: October 29, 2019

Sustainable Ag Conference
Date: November 1-3, 2019

Impact Mobility
Date: November 4-5, 2019

San Diego Innovation Showcase
Date: November 6, 2019

California Economic Summit
Date: November 7-8, 2019

Climate and Energy Law Symposium
Date: November 8, 2019

E.P.I.C. Fall 2019 Workshop
Date: November 8, 2019

Date: November 13, 2019

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You can now find Sweep Energy products in Hong Kong and Columbia!

Groguru raises $2.9M in funding!

Repurpose Energy is a finalist in the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards!

HerdDogg announces new CEO!

Equity Innovation Mgr - Bay Area, CA
Development Director - Bay Area, CA
BioFiltro VP of Sales - Davis, CA
Water Distribution Specialist - Fresno, CA
Career Pathways Manager - Honolulu, HI
Finance Managing Director - Honolulu, HI

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Did you know #CVIEF19 will have
raffle prizes? Register to attend
this week for extra entries!
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