Enter the Challenge!
Startup Challenge Monterey Bay helps entrepreneurs in the Monterey Bay Region develop their business ideas and create successful businesses. Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a regional new business competition and acceleration program for entrepreneurs in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. The Challenge is held annually, organized by a team of community volunteers and hosted by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development of CSU, Monterey Bay. It is a competitive acceleration process that teaches, coaches, mentors, networks, and connects entrepreneurs to the knowledge and resources they need. Prospective entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging companies showcase and develop their business concepts while competing for prizes. The Challenge provides workshops and mentoring to support the founding, funding and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. The Challenge empowers entrepreneurs to communicate their ideas effectively to investors, customers, and employees.
The Startup Challenge is a process! Applications open December 1, 2018, and close March 11th, 2019. The Qualifying Round (your opportunity to become a Finalist!) is April 6th, 2019, and The Finals are May 10th, 2019.
Venture, Social Venture, Main Street and Student Divisions
The Challenge offers four divisions – Venture, Social Venture, Main Street, and Student. The Venture division is for businesses that are intended to scale into large enterprises and that can provide venture-capital level returns to investors; The Social Venture division is open to companies who make social enterprise a significant part of their company mission statement; the Main Street division is for small businesses, and the Student division is for students at the graduate, undergraduate, junior college, or high school level.
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