Calling All Dreamers
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Meet the 2023-2024 Calling All Dreamers cohort.
About our Calling All Dreamers program:
Produced by the Downtown Sacramento Foundation, Calling All Dreamers is a business incubator boot-camp that brings in industry professionals to mentor entrepreneurs for the chance to open a downtown storefront and earn a coveted business start-up package.
Previous participants of this incubator program — including Dipped N Color Splat Studio, Nash & Proper, Neo Escape Rooms, and The Allspicery — have quickly become signature small businesses downtown, inspiring a new class of dreamers to pursue their big idea year after year.
Upcoming program dates
- September – December 2023 — The selected cohort takes workshops and revises their business plans as they learn.
- December 2023 — Finalists are selected based on their revised business plans.
- January 2024 — Finalists review their business plans with their mentors and prepare to pitch the business to the selection committee.
- February 2024 — Final business plans are presented and the most open-ready business is selected to receive the prize package.
Be a part of the dream
The valuable prize package is made possible due to the generous support of sponsors who continue to be champions for the economic growth of the downtown core.
Partnership opportunities are still available for local businesses able to donate much-needed accounting and marketing support. Businesses interested in helping to make a difference by donating services should contact Andrew LaFrance, Business Development Manager, at [email protected] or 916-442-8575.
2022-2023 Calling All Dreamers Cohort
Dipped N Color Splat Studio, 2022–2023 Calling All Dreamers winner, is now open!
Flora & Fauna opening Winter 2023
Flora & Fauna Provisions will be opening soon at 980 9th Street to serve California-inspired meals made with farm-fresh ingredients. Until then, you can find them at various markets throughout Sacramento. Check Instagram at @florafaunaprovisions for updated locations and events throughout the week.
Burnside Coffee Bar opening Spring 2024
Burnside Coffee Bar, where you can sip unique coffees made with the finest ingredients, will be opening at 902 K Street in late 2023. Until then, you can find them operating their coffee cart in front of 902 K Street or else at various locations around downtown. Check Instagram at @dontdrinkburnside for updated locations throughout the week.