The Lutrinae celebrates Startup Challenge’s 10th anniversary

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Startup Challenge 10th anniversary invite

By Yollette Merritt


Startup Challenge Monterey Bay – created at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) under the leadership of Brad Barbeau, the executive director of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) and associate professor of entrepreneurship in the College of Business – will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside on Friday, May 10 from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

Each ticket holder will receive 100,000 Otter Dollars to use in investing in an “Otter Tank” company of choice. CSUMB students who contact the iiED have preferential entry. The May 10 schedule is as follows: 2 p.m. – Venture Showcase Opens; 3 p.m. – Otter Tank Competition; 6:30 p.m. – Networking

“There are quite a few CSUMB students entered in the Challenge,” stated Barbeau, “although only one has made it to the finals. Several of the student businesses are planning to launch.” Many do not realize that the BUS 410: New Venture Design course – which incorporates the Challenge as part of the curriculum – is open to non-business students and has no prerequisites.

The iiED, housed in the College of Business, is the entrepreneurial hub of the region, organizing events such as the Startup Challenge “to promote entrepreneurship in the Monterey Bay Region and foster the development of a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region,” stated Barbeau.

Over the past decade of its history, more than 600 companies have participated and more than $300,000 has been awarded. More than 150 jobs have been created by 2,200 aspiring entrepreneurs who have raised more than $10 million in capital.

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Planting Month -SCC Ag-Tech

Planting month! Another fabulous line up of speakers this month.

We will be back at the Martinelli Company Store so be ready to taste some of their delicious cider.

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

Larry Jacobs – President – Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo
Jaime Lopez – Senior Blackberry Manager – Reiter’s Affiliated
Dave Krahl – President – Kromite

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

Food Sponsors that never disappoint: Michael Mount & Patrick Reilly

Step-by-Step Search Engine Optimization

This month we’ll hear from a team of CSUMB students who have been creating the “CSUMB Guide to SEO.” They will share with us their findings on how to build your site to raise your search engine ranking.

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.

Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup –

Each month we feature presentations by startup companies, topics of interest to entrepreneurs, updates on events, and happenings in the Monterey Bay entrepreneurial ecosystem. Plus the monthly news quiz!

Special thanks to our event sponsors: The iiED/CSUMB College of Business; The Fort Ord Reuse Authority; Management Analytics/Angel2Exit/Keiretsu Forum, and the City of Seaside.

Designing Great Websites

This month we have Chris Miller, “Rocket Scientist” at Launch Brigade. Launch Brigade’s services include the “Six facets of modern website design”, Logo/Branding, Design, Development, Content, SEO, and Social Media. In addition to website design using content management systems such as WordPress, they also provide ecommerce solutions.

Chris will be presenting on principles and techniques of great website design. Join us for a great Digital Marketing Meetup!

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.

Man in fields with computer

6th Annual Salinas Valley Agricultural Technology Summit

Tomorrow’s Technology You Can Use Today

The 6th Annual Salinas Valley Agricultural Technology Summit is hosted by the Agricultural Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA). The theme for this year’s event is “Tomorrow’s Technology You Can Use Today.” The event attracts over 1,000+ attendees. Attendees will discover the latest trends in Ag Technology through speaker and panel presentations on the topics of crop protection, the future of farming, automation, harvest technology, innovation, worker safety and regulations, access to exhibitor, demonstrations and more.

Morning keynote address will be given by Dr. Bob Whitaker, Chief Science and Technology Officer of Produce Marketing Association and afternoon keynote will be given by Glenda Humiston, VP of Agriculture and Natural Resources from the University of California. Presentations will include six education sessions and three unique tracks.

Panel presentations will include three unique tracks including:

Ag Production
Ag Business
CAPCA Continuing Education (up to 5 hours of credit approved by attending this session(s) in their entirety.)
Attendees will also enjoy breakfast and lunch.

Sponsorship for the event will support Hartnell’s College Agricultural Business Technology Institute and its students.

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! 

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