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Hacker Lab’s ‘Startup Hustle’ at Sierra College turns entrepreneurial dreams into businesses

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About Hacker Lab

Established in 2012 in Sacramento, Hacker Lab aims to educate folks and spark innovation with community driven resources. Offering co-working, maker space, courses, meet-ups and events, Hacker Lab believes that technology can change the world and the starting point is education. Hacker Lab has locations in Sacramento and Rocklin. Learn more at the Hacker Lab website http://hackerlab.org/.

About Sierra College Workforce Development

Sierra College Workforce Development is focused on delivering customized training to meet the needs of employers. Additional information is available at http://www.sierracollegetraining.com.

Hacker Lab announced the fall 2016 round of Startup Hustle and is taking applications for the six-week entrepreneurial boot camp through Sept. 16.

The program, being offered for the third time, will be at both the Midtown and Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College in Rocklin locations.

"We've enhanced the tools and fine-tuned the training," said Eric Ullrich, co-founder, Hacker Lab. "Our past participants have successfully launched startups, opened up new markets for their products, published their apps and won funding to take it to the next level. It is gratifying that they are sharing their success stories and helping to encourage the next round of participants."

"The immersive experience of Startup Hustle has led to remarkable breakthroughs," said Ullrich. "The mentors and speakers inspire entrepreneurs to take action. Participants have access to proven methodology, practical assignments and beneficial connections that stretch their thinking about customers and their business model."

A combination of "anytime, anywhere learning" and in-person sessions, held from Sept. 29 to Nov. 17 and offered in Rocklin and Sacramento, will enable participants to use the latest startup tools, work on their idea, test it with customers, gain insights from mentors, research the market, reframe their concept based on what they learned and develop a pitch. There is an optional demo night where participants can make their pitches to the community.

Applicants submit one minute videos about the problems they are investigating and the prospective customers who benefit from their solutions as well as why they want to participate in Startup Hustle. The initial application is free and once you've been notified that you have been accepted, you pay the fee of $46 for Sierra College students, $149 for Hacker Lab members and $300 for non-members.

Sierra College is one of the first community colleges in the United States to establish a public-private partnership with a community maker space. Sierra College students are encouraged to participate in Startup Hustle as it is geared to complement what students learn in the classroom and deliver career skills valued by employers.

For more information about participating or becoming a sponsor/mentor, please go to http://startuphustle.in/ or email: startuphustle@hackerlab.org.