As startup companies continue to pop up across the Sacramento region, venture capitalists and accelerators are investing more resources in these up-and-coming businesses. Here’s a look at three local events for startups:

  1. Last week, the Sacramento Kings announced the second year of its startup pitch contest Capitalize. The program will be done in partnership with Folsom-based venture capital firm Moneta Ventures.

    Last year’s Capitalize finalists include Barobo, which received the 2016 Sacramento Regional Innovation Award for Hardware and Electronics, and waste-solution company California Safe Soil. The deadline to apply is 12 p.m. on Feb. 17 and the program’s pitch day will take place on March 2. Startups within 75 miles of Sacramento are welcome to submit applications.

  2. Startup Grind Sacramento is holding a "fireside chat" with founder and CEO of SupportPay, Sheri Atwood. Atwood recently relocated her company from Silicon Valley to Sacramento. She was ranked No. 5 of "50 women in Tech Dominating Silicon Valley" and "Top 40 Under 40 Executive in Silicon Valley." 

  3. The Sacramento Women in Data Science organization on Feb. 21 will host its Extracting the Story from the Data event. Brent Johnson, data analyst and consultant with Roseville's Cerner Corp., will discuss "the history of data visualization, storytelling examples in health care and current best standards across all industries," according to MeetUp. The gathering will take place at the Hacker Lab located in downtown Sacramento.