Startup Challenge 2020 Finale

It all culminates on Friday, May 1 with the Startup Challenge Finale at Embassy Suites, when the teams make their final pitches and display their companies’ wares and services, culminating in the Otter Tank showdown. The day features a Venture Showcase, where competitors and successful alumni alike showcase their businesses.
Browse the Venture Showcase to learn about regional businesses that are bringing jobs and money to our local economy, and sample the delicious fare of emerging food and beverage companies. Next, grab a seat for the Otter Tank and cheer on your favorite team, as they battle it out Shark Tank style for the cash prizes.
Ticket price includes: Entrance to the Venture Showcase and the Otter Tank Competition followed by a networking reception. Ticket Holders receive 100,000 Otter Dollars to invest in your favorite finalist company – help us select tomorrow’s hottest businesses today!

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Techstars Startup Weekend Monterey Bay 2020 Powered by Google For Startups

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.


El Pajaro CDC Incubadora de Cocinas Comerciales, Orientación – Español

¿Está interesado en participar en nuestro programa de Incubadora de Cocinas Comerciales?


Nuestra Incubadora de Cocinas Comerciales ofrece a empresarios la oportunidad de comenzar y crecer un negocio de alimentos con el apoyo de consultores profesionales y personal capacitado.


Para comenzar, debe asistir a una orientación del programa para ser considerado. Durante la orientación, aprenderá más sobre:

  • Requisitos del programa

  • Permisos y licencias requeridos para operar desde nuestra cocina

  • Recursos y servicios disponibles para ayudarlo con su negocio de alimentos

  • Qué esperar una vez que sea aceptado en el programa


Se ofrecen orientaciones en español e inglés. SE REQUIERE INSCRIPCIÓN A LA ORIENTACION.  


Tenga en cuenta:

  • Nuestros servicios están disponibles para los residentes de los condados de Santa Cruz, Monterey y San Benito. Para residentes fuera de estos condados, llamé a nuestra oficina para conocer los recursos disponibles en su área, 831-722-1224.

  • Por favor use zapatos cerrados. El tráfico puede ser pesado, planifique por adelantado. La orientación comienza puntualmente.

  • Nuestra cocina es una instalación de fabricación y no está abierta al público.

Monterey Bay Opportunity Zone Investment Forum

Join the Central Coast Marketing Team member municipalities (City of Marina, City of Salinas, City of Santa Cruz, City of Seaside, Gilroy Economic Development Corporation,  Monterey County)  for informative morning focused on Opportunity Zone investment opportunities within the Monterey Bay region. This event, scheduled for 8:00am – 12:30pm Friday November 15 at CSUMB Salinas City Center, will feature keynotes from leading OZ thinkers, policy minds and economic developers, and will include presentations from each municipality about the opportunities in their respective zones. The event should appeal to investor, developers, brokers, and others interested in potential of this exciting economic development tool for realizing change in select underserved parts of our community.

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Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay 2019

Free for CSUMB students, other students $49, General $99

More info coming soon!

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Parallel Flight Launches Vehicle and Funding Campaign

Today Parallel Flight Technologies ( announced that they have successfully flown their novel parallel hybrid multirotor for the first time. The patent-pending technology will allow multi-rotor drones such as quad-copters to fly for hours while carrying their own mass in payload. Parallel anticipates a 10X improvement over all-electric systems in terms of flight-time while carrying a heavy payload. The company is planning on deploying the technology for firefighter support, rural unmanned logistics, and agricultural applications.

In its maiden flight, Parallel’s UAV lifted a couple of heavy duty chainsaws, which will not be an uncommon delivery while fighting a fire in the middle of a remote forest.

“We’re very excited that our prototype is finally off the ground and proving to be every bit as effective for payload and duration as we imagined it in our drawing board. We are also excited to be kicking off joint demonstration missions with our early partners in 2020. We, as a company, are ready to move to the next phase.” Said Joshua Resnick, CEO of Parallel Flight Technologies.

Parallel is also kicking off an equity crowdfunding campaign with Startengine. “We are very excited about the opportunity for the public to invest in a solution that will save lives, property, and the environment.” Joshua said.

The campaign can be accessed at and includes a video of the team and the aircraft in action.

Parallel Flight Technologies anticipate their first commercially available aircraft to be in beta programs with customers in late 2020.