CREATIVE ECONOMY

The Nest Accelerator

Acceleration of Circular Economy Micro-Manufacturing

Accelerating Local Creatives for a Sustainable Future

We’re thrilled to have you as a participant in the Nest’s inaugural cohort, made possible through generous funding from the city of Sacramento’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship ECO System fund. At Nest, we believe in nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of our local creatives and propelling their ventures to new heights!

OUR SERVICES

One-On-One Mentorship Meetings

From brainstorming and PR sessions to technical assistance to ensure you have the right tools to help your business grow.

Learning Business & Start Up Concepts

You’ll learn key business terms such as beachhead markets and minimal viable product as well as methods of growth and ways to raise capital.

Connections to Investors & Capital

We’ll help you find and forge valuable partnerships and funding opportunities. 

2024 COHORT

Arcane Moon
Beale Hot Sauce
Candle Wonders
Epiphany Media
Island Girl Art
Joyce Pierce Alchemies
KC Kombucha
Lorna M Designs
Miche Niche
Nida Akhtar Studio
Spacepig Press
Sunshine Studios

MENTOR RESOURCES

Unlocking potential and fostering innovation, Nest’s accelerator program thrives on a foundation of mentorship excellence. Our network of seasoned mentors represents a wealth of diverse expertise, providing invaluable guidance to participants navigating the entrepreneurial landscape. From industry veterans to tech trailblazers, these mentors offer tailored insights, strategic advice and constructive feedback, empowering each participant to refine their vision and realize their full potential. Our mentors play a pivotal role in shaping and nurturing the growth of participant’s business, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in today’s dynamic market.

Key Program Mentors

SHIRA LANE

Shira’s meetings aim to determine the optimal direction for your business’s growth, address questions related to sustainability and circular economy practices and ensure program compatibility.

DEBORAH HUNT

Deborah will be your Lead Mentor, meeting with you monthly to ensure you are taking advantage of the various program services and technical assistance provided as well as meeting Nest program milestones. 

THOMAS HALL

Thomas will help you find your market, technology, and stock. 

Katy with Katy Kaptures will be filming the program’s progress. This includes interviews of you and company products. Raw footage will be uploaded and organized into folders for participants to use as they wish. The first Interviews will be held April 24, 25, and 26th. Come with art or product to photograph.

NANCY MALLORY

Nancy will be the Public Relations expert working to find ways to increase public exposure of your growing, sustainable business. Scheduling a meeting with Nancy will enable her to better understand your business for PR opportunities.

Additional Mentors to Provide Support

Jason Jong
Sac. Office of Arts & Culture
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Megan Van Voorhis
Sac. Convention-Cultural Svcs.
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Aubree Smith
Sac. Innovation-Economic Dev.
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Chase Stremsterfer
Sacramento County BERC
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Jerrod Voong
Sacramento County BERC
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Thomas Hall
Clean Tech Start-up
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Laura Fickle
Economic Development
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Keith Leonard
Small Business Banker
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Charley Ansbach
Social Entrepeneur
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Phil Scott
Economic Development
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James Lungi
Finance
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Luke VanderDrift
Administrative Law Judge
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RESOURCE LIBRARY

Program Documents to Drive Program Success

Business Templates & Articles to Hone Your Skills

Retail & Wholesale Accelerators to Break Into New Markets

Is there a resource you would like to see that isn’t in our library? Let us know and we will add it here – Deborah@atrium916.com

VIDEO RESOURCES

Y Combinator

Building Confidence in Yourself & Your Ideas
Stop Innovating On the Wrong Ideas
Why Founders Shouldn't Think Like Investors
How to Convert More Visitors Into Customers
Biggest Mistakes First Time Founders Make
Pitching Investors vs. Pitching Customers
How Much Equity to Give Your Co-Founder
Business Models & Pricing Structures

Growing Handmade

Growing a handmade business in 2024
2024 handmade business tips
Successful Online Shop: Ultimate Checklist
use ChatGPT for your handmade business