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.


 Notes: Our services are available to residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties.

Our kitchen 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! 

For more information go to: https://www.meetup.com/StartupMontereyBay/events/251827515/

21st Century Marketing: Building Your Digital Marketing Playbook

Skywriter, Inc. will make a presentation on building a Digital Marketing Playbook. Skywriter is an omnichannel digital content management and media platform. Skywriter is designed to Grow, Get your Message Out, and Be Known. John Derrick, CEO of Skywriter, will describe this exciting new platform and the new possibilities it offers for reaching and cultivating your customers.

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 an engaging evening! We ask a $5 fee to cover the cost of wine and snacks to make the evening more enjoyable.


Join us on Friday June 21 for a day of compelling talks, networking and mobilizing around the exciting opportunity to strengthen the Monterey Bay regional economy by focusing on emerging good-fit, clean-tech enterprises in the drone, automation & robotics technology space. Symposium presentations from leading entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, educators, and practitioners will focus on:

  • Clarifying and understanding the DART Strategy & Opportunity
  • Highlighting cutting-edge DART related research & education underway across the Monterey Bay region
  • New DART related products & services currently available & in-development to solve real-world problems
  • Building momentum to realize DART related jobs growth and new venture formation

Monterey Bay DART – June 2019 Meetup

This meetup will focus on agriculture and natural resource management applications and will kickoff UCANR’s DroneCamp (California State University Monterey Bay and Fort Ord Natural Reserve, June 18-21). Presenter details to follow.

Drone, Automation and Robotics Technology logo

UCANR 2019 Drone Camp

The UCANR IGIS team will hold its next DroneCamp training June 17-20, 2019, at UC Monterey Bay Education Science & Technology (UCMBEST) Center.

This intensive short course covers the full suite of steps and skills for using drones for mapping and data collection, including:

  • UAV and sensor technology
  • Safety and regulations
  • Mission planning
  • A full day of flight operations and hands-on practice
  • Principles of photogrammetry and remote sensing
  • Data management, processing, and analysis
  • Sharing and visualizing outputs

Additional information including  an agenda and registration details can be found at http://ucanr.edu/dronecamp. The registration fee for this three-day short course is $900 ($500 for University of California students and employees).

Seaside and Marina Early Care and Education Hackathon

There are 4 children (age 0–5) for every 1
licensed child care slot.
Families spend 27% of their incomes on
child care.
Only 25% of children are ready for kindergarten.
Join us for a community problem-solving hackathon with a focus on child care availability in Seaside and Marina.
We will develop actionable strategies that:

  •  Increase the number of licensed slots.
  • Support the preschool workforce.
  • Support families.
  • Build capacity of local informal child care providers.
  • Raise awareness of needs and help advocate for change.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deneen Guss Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

Who should attend?
Employers, child care providers, parents, policy makers, developers, educators, & funders.

Funding Startups with Craig Vachon

Serial entrepreneur and financing expert, Craig Vachon, shares insight into how to best position yourself to receive the funding you need.

NOTE — You must register for this site through links on the http://techraising.com — reserve your spot now.

Whether it’s family and friends round to get you started, an Angel or VC round, or a bridge loan needed for short term cash flow. Know what’s best for you and what you need to be able to go get it. Raising money takes preparation and time. Knowing how you expect to raise money and the criteria you’ll need to meet, factor large in many early — and later — company decisions. Position yourself correctly and you’ll have a much easier time.

In This Clinic You Will Learn:
– Finding investment isn’t for those who aren’t willing to work hard for it
– Finding the right investor is often the most difficult part [Spray and Pray never works]
– The five key attributes that investors are looking for
– Techniques for matching your needs with different funding approaches

What To Bring:
– Ideas on who you want to secure funding from
– Current plan and timeline on when you want to raise money
– All questions on funding

A Bit About Craig Vachon:
Craig Vachon is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Over his career, he has earned $1.5B in new investment for 31 projects (including two PE/VC funds) in seven different countries. Craig has led companies in London, Tokyo, Taipei, Maharashtra India, Northern California and Vancouver BC.

Craig formerly served as the COO of Nextel International, CEO of Sirenic Inc., and the CEO of Varatouch acquired by Atrua. Most recently Craig served as the Chief Commercial Officer at Anchorfree. Craig is currently the MD Chowdahead Growth Fund [angel investments], a Senior Partner at Next Stage [a Paris-based private equity fund with €6.6B AUM], and a Central Coast Angel member. Craig has over 30 years of tech experience and has even given a TedTalk on the importance of privacy.

– Doors Open: 6:00PM
– Pizza & Beverages
– Presentation: 6:30PM
– Coaching Clinic: 7:15PM

Tickets: $20

NOTE — You must register for this site through links on the http://techraising.com

– Santa Cruz Works
– Santa Cruz Accelerator
– Santa Cruz New Tech
– Santa Cruz Economic Development

See our other clinics: techraising.com — reserve your spot now.

Startup Challenge 2019 student winner

Institute Student Wins Startup Challenge Monterey Bay’s Student Division

by Jason Warburg


Charge City, a proposal by Middlebury Institute student Erin Lannon MAIEP ’19 for a turnkey charging solution for electric vehicles, recently won the Student Division of the 10th annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay, beating out two other finalists to take home first prize of $1,500 in seed money.

“Winning the StartUp Challenge was exhilarating and rewarding!” said Lannon. “The Charge City idea came to me a few months ago and I was able to fine tune my idea through Professor Jeff Langholz’s Green Business Feasibility Assessment class.” The International Environmental Policy student envisions transforming small and medium-sized business parking lots into Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS), with the goal of installing two to 10 charging stations per location. The business model employs incentives offered by the State of California to offer businesses zero-cost-down charging station installations. “Over the summer I plan to incorporate, raise seed capital and launch a pilot at a medium sized business in Santa Ana, Orange County. I’ll be running on the lean start-up model with the goal of scaling in 2020.”

Read the entire article here.

Startup Challenge 2019 Grand Prize

Santa Cruz Tech Beat announces Startup Challenge 2019 winner

By Aliza Hava
Founder & CEO of Musician’s BASS – Business Administration Software for Success
Special to
Santa Cruz Tech Beat

May 21, 2019 — Seaside, CA


Aliza Hava wins the top award for “Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization” at The Startup Challenge. Here’s the backstory.

Two years ago I had an idea for a platform that would help independent musicians manage their careers more effectively. After touring the world as an independent singer/songwriter for nearly a decade, working with multi-platinum, Grammy-winning producers, and having my songs included on soundtracks with the likes of Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, and Lucinda Williams, I found that despite my achievements, I was having trouble earning a sustainable income. I began to research online music marketing techniques and signed up for every DIY music platform available. But after using many of these tools for some time, I discovered that most of what’s out there falls short of what’s actually needed to manage my workflow, break through the noise, and make a living in the now digitally-driven music industry.

Read the rest of the article here!