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CSUMB Magazine highlights Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) efforts to build local startup ecosystem

Fueling Entrepreneurs

COB’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) building region’s business ecosystem

Excerpt

What do surfboards made from shrimp shells, organic cold-pressed juice and an ag-tech mobile app for farm management have in common?

They’re all products made by winners of Startup Challenge Monterey Bay, an annual competition for entrepreneurs sponsored by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) at Cal State Monterey Bay’s College of Business (COB). More importantly, the entrepreneurs and their businesses are now part of a thriving “economic ecosystem” in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.

 

Brad Barbeau and Shyam Kamath discussing the institute's success.

Photo by: Joan Iguban Galiguis

Brad Barbeau and Shyam Kamath discuss the iiED’s impact on the region’s entrepreneurs.

“The iiEd has been the fulcrum of the lever to bring the ecosystem into existence,” said COB Dean Shyam Kamath. “If you look at the contribution the iiEd has made, it’s quite fantastic.”

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