Episode 100

Topophilia in Sacramento with Cameron Law


July 17th, 2023

21 mins 44 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode, Dane Carlson interviews Cameron Law, the executive director of the Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sacramento. Cameron delves into the center's mission to support entrepreneurs and drive economic development in the region. He provides valuable insights into the various industries thriving in Sacramento, including food and agriculture, life sciences, and clean technology.

As a regional resource, the Carlsen Center offers programs, workshops, and mentorship opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. Cameron discusses his day-to-day activities, which involve one-on-one consulting, partnership building, and running cohort programs. He shares his personal journey and the deep-rooted passion he has for making Sacramento a premier hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The concept of "Topophilia" or love of place is explored is also explored, emphasizing the intentional building of businesses and creating opportunities within the community. Listeners gain access to valuable resources such as recommended books, organizations, and certifications related to entrepreneurship and ecosystem building.

Cameron encourages engagement and offers his support to those interested in connecting and driving entrepreneurship in their own communities.


  • Love of place, or "Topophilia," is a powerful driver for entrepreneurs who choose to build businesses in their communities.
  • Sacramento is experiencing growth in industries such as food and agriculture, life sciences, and clean technology.
  • The Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship serves as a regional resource, supporting entrepreneurs through programs, workshops, and mentorship.
  • Cameron Law emphasizes the importance of intentional community building and creating opportunities within the region.

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