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27th Annual Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy Showcase

  • Capital Plaza Ballrooms 1025 9th Street Sacramento, CA, 95814 United States (map)

Not to be missed... the 27th Annual SEA Showcase event featuring Sleep Train Founder Dale Carlsen as the keynote speaker.

Join prominent Sacramento business leaders for outstanding food and drink, hear from local legend Dale Carlsen on his amazing entrepreneurial journey, and see the results of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy Fellows of 2018’s business planning process. Six teams will be showcased: Ciao Chow, EDGE, HERD, Textured Hairaphy, Mindfulness G.Y.M and reliveitSPORTS.

Dale Carlsen

Dale Carlsen

Keynote Speaker Dale Carlsen is one of Sacramento’s highest-profile entrepreneurs. He entered the mattress industry in 1980 and founded The Sleep Train Inc. in 1985, shortly after graduating Sacramento State University, serving as its Chief Executive Officer and President. In 2014, Mattress Firm acquired Sleep Train for $425 million. Mr. Carlsen served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mattress Firm, until the company was sold again to Steinhoff International. He also served as its President and Chief Strategy Officer from October 2014 to September 2015, when he became its Chief Philanthropy Officer. In November of 2015, Dale left the company to concentrate on the nationwide expansion of the Ticket to Dream Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded by Mr. Carlsen in 2008 to facilitate the Sleep Train Foster Kids program, now the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program. Mr. Carlsen is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in Sacramento, and in November 2017, he donated $6 million to Sacramento State to fund a center for innovation and entrepreneurship. It is the largest cash donation in CSUS history.

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