Calling All Dreamers Applications to Open April 24

Downtown Sacramento Foundation announces 2018 competition schedule

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (Mar. 21, 2018) – Dreamers and aspiring entrepreneurs should prepare their business concepts to enter the 2018 Calling All Dreamers competition which will begin accepting applications April 24, 2018. Submissions for the 6th annual Calling All Dreamers competition will be accepted online at through 5 p.m. PST Thursday, May 31, 2018. New this year, business concepts can be submitted through an optimized digital platform that will make the application process easier than ever.

Calling All Dreamers is an incredible platform for entrepreneurs to realize their dream of business ownership,” said Valerie Mamone, Business Development Senior Manager of Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “From more clearly defining a business idea to opening their doors, Calling All Dreamers is a launching pad for entrepreneurs to open a business in the city they love.”

Produced by the Downtown Sacramento Foundation, the Calling All Dreamers competition is open to new start-up businesses and existing businesses hoping to expand or open a new concept in downtown Sacramento. The Shark Tank-style competition takes applicants through a business development program that calls for extensive planning, market research, proof of financial sustainability and more. Finalists are provided the tools and resources necessary to refine their business plans, with the winner receiving a business start-up package valued at over $100,000.

2018 Calling All Dreamers Schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 24 ­– Applications open online at
  • Thursday, May 31 – Applications due by 5 p.m.
  • Monday, June 11 – Semi-finalist announcement
  • Monday, July 16 ­– Finalist announcement and public vote begins
  • September – Winner announcement

Since launching in 2013, Calling All Dreamers has vetted nearly 200 applicants; helped 18 businesses open; created more than 25 full-time and 67 part-time jobs; and, leased nearly 21,000 sq. ft. In just 2017, five new businesses opened, and the competition winner, Milk House Shakes, scheduled to open in Old Sacramento later this Spring.

Visit for more information about the 6th annual Calling All Dreamers competition and join the conversation using #CallingAllDreamers and #DowntownSac.

PRESS: To coordinate coverage and schedule interviews with past participants, contact Jordyn Anderson at [email protected] or 916-287-9961.


About Downtown Sacramento Foundation

Established in 2011, Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 that supports programs that complement Downtown Sacramento Partnership priorities to improve the economic, physical, cultural and social environment in order to foster civic pride.

About Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Downtown Sacramento Partnership is a nonprofit, property-based improvement district (PBID) that serves as the collective voice for the 176 property owners and more than 400 businesses located within the 66-block mixed-use, urban center of Downtown Sacramento. Driven by the mission to build value downtown, Downtown Partnership is the principal advocate, champion and steward for those who work, live, visit and do business here. For more information, visit and and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.