The Qualifying Round of the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Adjacent to the National Steinbeck Museum)
Location: CSUMB at Salinas City Center
1 Main Street, Salinas CA 93901 (A parking garage is next to this building)

Who can pitch?
All competitors who have completed their applications and received a “Submission Accepted” email are eligible to pitch in the Qualifying Round.

Information for the pitches:
You will have 5 minutes to pitch to a panel of judges.  The judges have up to 2 minutes for questions and your answers.  No PowerPoint presentations will be allowed.  Remember you only have 5 minutes to pitch and present including any time you use for set up. You have to be physically present to pitch.

For more information on how to prepare your pitch, attend  one or more of the “Creating a Winning Pitch workshops, available for free to all competitors. See the schedule here. There are additional resources available on the Startup Challenge Resources page.

Next Steps:
Please RSVP to pitch at the Qualifying Round by March 29th.  We will send you a check-in time by the beginning of April.

Download the Photo Release Form and the General Liability Form, sign them and bring them to the Qualifying Round Pitch.  Each person in your company that will be attending on April 7th, should sign these forms.  Minors need to have a parent or guardian sign.

The finalists will be announced by 5pm via email and on this website and will be provided additional information on next steps.

Feedback from the judges on your company’s pitch will be made available by April 10th.

Whether you are a finalist or not, please join us at on May 12th at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay Finale.  More information about this event will be available on this website.

Qualifying Round Pitches

ohana shave ice pitch
Ohana Shave Ice makes their Qualifying Round pitch