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Startup Challenge Finale

It all culminates on Saturday May 12 with the Startup Challenge Finale at CSUMB @ Salinas City Center, 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.  Startup Challenge alumni include beekeepers, makers of sweet potato pies, cold press coffees and fresh pressed juices. There are sweets and confections, and savory selections alike. Don’t forget your business cards, because there are plenty of opportunities for networking with servicers, suppliers and potential employers alike. Maybe you have some seed money to invest in the next big thing? 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. For more information go to

Startup Weekend 2019

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.

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Startup Challenge 2019 Applications Open

Don’t miss the biggest startup competition in the Monterey Bay! Stay informed about updates and deadlines by joining our Startup Challenge email list.

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21st Century Marketing

In November, we’ll have another Tip of the Month, plus Brad’s corner on Branding in the 21st Century, and a presentation from Jenn Seregos on creating Jenn Health Coach through social media. To celebrate Thanksgiving, Brad will bring wine!

In these Meetups, we explore together how to harness the power of 21st Century Marketing tools and strategies! The Meetups feature informative presentations and discussions and the Tip of the Month. Join us for a valuable evening!

El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program Orientation

Interested in joning a

Commercial Kitchen



Our non-profit commercial kitchen provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to start and grow a food business with the support of professional consultants and trained staff. Attend an orientation and learn how you can benefit from our services.


Sessions with less then ten registrants will be cancelled.

La orientación se presenta en inglés. Si necesita ayuda en español

contáctenos y haremos los arreglos necesarios.



Note: This is a manufacturing facility and not open to the public. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Traffic can be heavy during the growing season, please plan accordingly.             

Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup

Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup is the place to go to meet aspiring entrepreneurs, get news about what’s happening with local startups, get help and get inspired! SMBTM features pitches from startups, news about startups in Monterey Bay, music, fun, and games. Join us as we build the Monterey startup community!

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Aumenta Tus Ventas: Taller de Marketing Para Fin de Año

AUMENTA TUS VENTAS: Taller de Marketing Para Fin De Año

Participa en este taller y aprenderás a:

·        Crear una campaña de ventas para tu negocio

·        Crear ofertas para tus clientes

·        Aprovechar las campañas de Small Business Saturday y Black Friday para incrementar tus ventas

·        Crear un aparador más atractivo

·        Comenzar el 2019 con una lista enorme de clientes  

¿Cuándo? Domingo, 11 de noviembre de 9am a 1pm

¿Donde? Plaza Cívica, Salón Comunitario (4to piso), 275 Main St. Watsonville CA

¿Como participar? Regístrate aquí o llámanos al (831)722-1224. El costo del taller es de $15 por persona e incluye almuerzo ligero y snacks. 

***Taller presentado completamente en español***

Este taller es patrocinado por: 
-City of Watsonville 
-Wells Fargo 
-Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

Women in Tech: Optimizing the Workforce

Studies show that business teams with an equal gender mix perform significantly better than male-dominated teams when it comes to both sales and profits. How are women changing the tech world? What are the challenges women face in a tech career? Whether you identify as a woman or man, someone who works with a woman or someone who knows a woman– this event is for you. That’s right, this event is for EVERYONE! Hear from both regional and local women, their stories, and their successes. For full details and to purchase tickets, go to:

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Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay 2018

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

Sign up for the event at the Eventbrite page

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create new approaches, new technologies, new inventions that address these challenges.   We need students and teams of students from across the campus; all fields, including students from computer science, environmental science, health and human services, cinematic arts and technology, and business are invited to participate in the 2018 Hackathon and Save Our Future! We need visionaries of all backgrounds; techies and non-techies; dreamers and doers; fixers and inventors.


Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay

Save the date for the annual Hackathon! More information will be provided.