Startup Monterey Bay Congratulates our 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay Winners and Finalists

The Winners:

Venture First Place – $20,000 Seed Money

Cruz Foam logo

Cruz Foam

Cruz Foam transforms chitin, a biopolymer found in shrimp shells, into structural foams with an environmentally friendly process. Cruz Foam addresses both the front-end and back-end of a ‘green’ product by up-cycling chitin found in waste to create foam to replace petroleum-based foams. Cruz Foam is less costly to produce, and matches or exceeds the mechanical properties of current polystyrene and polyurethane structural foam.

Venture Division Runners Up – $5,000 Seed Money

AudibleRX logo


Making consumer medication information accessible to all.

Leviathan snack radicle foods logo

Radicle Snacks by Leviathan Foods

Eat me. Be smart

Main Street First Place – $10,000 Seed Money

Spice of Life Catering

That Garlic Stuff by Spice of Life Catering

Created by Spice of Life Catering, That Garlic Stuff is a homemade garlic sauce made with locally sourced garlic that simply makes everything taste better.

Main Street Division Runners Up – $2,500 Seed Money

Arti-culture logo


ARTI-Culture provides fun, affordable, creative events for a great cause!

splendid blended logo

Splendid Blended

Splendid Blended uses whole fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts to create delicious, nutritious blended drinks in a variety of flavor combinations enjoyed by both adults and kids.

Student Winner – $1,500 Seed Money

Boho marketplace logo

BOHO Marketplace

The BOHO (Buy One Help One) Insurance Marketplace, Inc. is an innovative and values-based insurance marketplace that provides customers an easy way to compare and purchase insurance policies while also providing insurance to someone in need in an emerging market.

Other Finalists

Venture Division

CYEL logo
einsigns logo
Leavened learning
litmus box
New wave programs logo
Ohana Shave Ice logo
passion slam logo
Sea Change logo
time lock docs logo
turnkey solutions logo

Main Street Division

360 health café logo
Abilities cafe logo
CGC dog training logo
Monterey moments logo
Salad Bytes Media logo

Student Division

ammodo recruiting
sauce logo
Work night Creations logo