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CSUMB Press Release: Startup Challenge 2019

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay Prepares for 10th Annual Competition

SEASIDE, Calif., March 4, 2019– California State University, Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) is set to host the 10th annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay this spring.

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The challenge, offering a total of $65K in prizes across four divisions of competition, has seen more than 600 companies participate over ten years and has awarded more than $300K in prize money.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a new business competition and accelerator program that supports the founding, funding and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. It offers workshops, feedback, and mentoring to empower entrepreneurs in a competitive process while empowering entrepreneurs to communicate their ideas effectively to investors, customers and employees.

In ten years of competition, Startup Challenge Monterey Bay has trained 2,200 aspiring entrepreneurs from 620 participating companies who have gone on to create more than 150 jobs and raise more than $10 million in capital.

Read the entire press release here.

Introduction to 2019 Startup Challenge Competition! (Santa Cruz)

Startup Challenge is an annual startup business competition for the Monterey Bay Region. Showcase & develop your business while competing for over $60,000 in cash prizes!

Learn more about the competition and get help completing your application at one of these Introductory sessions held throughout the Monterey Bay region. Start your application today at https://www.startupmontereybay.com.

There are four divisions in the competition:
• Venture Division is open to businesses that are intended to scale and provide venture-investor level returns.
• Main Street Division is open to small businesses,
• Social Venture Division for non-profit and for-profit businesses with a social mission. This is a new division in 2019.
• Student Division is open to students in high school, community colleges, colleges, and graduate schools.

• Cash prizes for winners in each division.

Applications due March 11, 2019

For more information and to start your application go to
https://startupmontereybay.com.

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Introduction to 2019 Startup Challenge Competition! (Hollister)

Startup Challenge is an annual startup business competition for the Monterey Bay Region. Showcase & develop your business while competing for over $60,000 in cash prizes!

Learn more about the competition and get help completing your application at one of these Introductory sessions held throughout the Monterey Bay region. Start your application today at https://www.startupmontereybay.com.

There are four divisions in the competition:
• Venture Division is open to businesses that are intended to scale and provide venture-investor level returns.
• Main Street Division is open to small businesses,
• Social Venture Division for non-profit and for-profit businesses with a social mission. This is a new division in 2019.
• Student Division is open to students in high school, community colleges, colleges, and graduate schools.

• Cash prizes for winners in each division.

Applications due March 11, 2019

For more information and to start your application go to
https://startupmontereybay.com.

CSUMB magazine article in iiED

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

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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.”

Read the entire article here!

Land Preparation Month -SCC Ag-Tech

We are back for 2019 and we have a fabulous lineup to kick off the new year. These two presenters are some local giants in the industry.

Agenda:
5:30pm: Networking and Dinner
6:00 pm: Welcome and presentations begin

Panelists:
Omar Aguilera, Reiter Affiliated Companies
TBD, Lakeside Organics

Hosts: Digital NEST, Sustainable Productivity Solutions, Driscoll’s, and the Farm Bureau Santa Cruz County

Food Sponsors that never disappoint: Michael Mount & Patrick Reilly

Take Charge of Your Social Media

Creating and implementing social media marketing can be intimidating and overwhelming. Jennifer Calderon, social media specialist for Ascend, will share strategies, tools, and techniques for efficient and effective brand building and digital marketing through social media.

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!

Introduction to 2019 Startup Challenge Competition! (Seaside)

Startup Challenge is an annual startup business competition for the Monterey Bay Region. Showcase & develop your business while competing for over $60,000 in cash prizes!

Learn more about the competition and get help completing your application at one of these Introductory sessions held throughout the Monterey Bay region. Start your application today at https://www.startupmontereybay.com.

There are four divisions in the competition:
• Venture Division is open to businesses that are intended to scale and provide venture-investor level returns.
• Main Street Division is open to small businesses,
• Social Venture Division for non-profit and for-profit businesses with a social mission. This is a new division in 2019.
• Student Division is open to students in high school, community colleges, colleges, and graduate schools.

• Cash prizes for winners in each division.

Applications due March 11, 2019

For more information and to start your application go to
https://startupmontereybay.com.

Katie's Cold Press

CSUMB Magazine catches up with past winners of Startup Challenge

Standout winners of Startup Challenge share insights, latest news

By Sophia Huang McKenzie | February 6, 2019

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Central Coast entrepreneurs face off again this spring for a share of $50,000 in prize money at the annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay sponsored by the College of Business’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED). The Challenge offers four divisions of competition: Venture for businesses that intend to scale into large enterprises and can provide venture-capital level returns to investors; Main Street for small businesses, sole proprietorships, and non-profits; Student for middle through graduate school students; and Social Venture, a new division added this year for businesses with a social mission.
Past winners Cruz Foam, Katie’s Coldpress and HeavyConnect are standouts flourishing in the region. Monterey Bay magazine recently checked in with the businesses to find out their latest news and to ask them how the Startup Challenge impacted their entrepreneurial journeys.

Read the article here!

Announcing Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2019

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February 12, 2019 — Salinas, CA

Applications are due by midnight, Monday, March 11th for the 2019 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay.

Entrepreneurs and startup companies in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties should apply to the competition at https://startupmontereybay.com/.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a new business competition and accelerator program that supports the founding, funding, and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. It offers workshops, feedback, and mentoring to empower entrepreneurs in a competitive process. Nothing inspires and prepares entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to market like Startup Challenge Monterey Bay!

This year the competition has four divisions: the Venture Division for businesses designed to grow into large businesses; the Main Street Division for small businesses and sole proprietorships; the Student Division for student teams at all levels from high school through graduate school; and a new Social Venture Division for non-profit and for-profit businesses with a social mission. It is free to apply.

PrizesFebruary 12, 2019 — Salinas, CA

Applications are due by midnight, Monday, March 11th for the 2019 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay.

Entrepreneurs and startup companies in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties should apply to the competition at https://startupmontereybay.com/.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a new business competition and accelerator program that supports the founding, funding, and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. It offers workshops, feedback, and mentoring to empower entrepreneurs in a competitive process. Nothing inspires and prepares entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to market like Startup Challenge Monterey Bay!

This year the competition has four divisions: the Venture Division for businesses designed to grow into large businesses; the Main Street Division for small businesses and sole proprietorships; the Student Division for student teams at all levels from high school through graduate school; and a new Social Venture Division for non-profit and for-profit businesses with a social mission. It is free to apply.

Prizes offered by the Challenge include $1,500 cash for the winning Student Division team, $10,000 cash and professional services for both the winning Main Street company and Social Venture, and a $20,000 grand prize in cash and professional services for the winning Venture Division company.

Key dates for the Challenge are the application deadline on March 11th, the Qualifying Round pitches on April 6th, and the Final Round and Venture Showcase on May 10th.

The Challenge is open to all entrepreneurs in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Applications are to be completed online at https://startupmontereybay.com/, and are due March 11th.

Startup Challenge is a community service organized by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The iiED, an institute of the College of Business at CSUMB, offers programs that work toward developing entrepreneurs and supporting innovative ideas that lead to new business opportunities and job growth for both students and community members. offered by the Challenge include $1,500 cash for the winning Student Division team, $10,000 cash and professional services for both the winning Main Street company and Social Venture, and a $20,000 grand prize in cash and professional services for the winning Venture Division company.

Key dates for the Challenge are the application deadline on March 11th, the Qualifying Round pitches on April 6th, and the Final Round and Venture Showcase on May 10th.

The Challenge is open to all entrepreneurs in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Applications are to be completed online at https://startupmontereybay.com/, and are due March 11th.

Startup Challenge is a community service organized by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The iiED, an institute of the College of Business at CSUMB, offers programs that work toward developing entrepreneurs and supporting innovative ideas that lead to new business opportunities and job growth for both students and community members.