Startup Monterey Bay Congratulates our 2019 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay Winners and Finalists

The Winners:

Venture First Place – $20,000 Seed Money

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Musician’s Bass

An AI-enhanced business management software for independent artists to market, monetize, and manage their careers more efficiently while increasing their bottom line.

Venture Division Runners Up – $5,000 Seed Money

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Provides a tool that simplifies and accelerates mobile app development for startups and enterprise companies.

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Standby Health

A software-as-a-service company that provides punctuality solutions for the healthcare industry allowing for same-day appointments and real service on arrival.

Social Venture First Place – $10,000 Seed Money

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New  Wave Programs

Provides fun, meaningful educational programs that teach children sustainable strategies for social-emotional well-being and help bridge the gap between youth and community figures.

Social Venture Division Runners Up – $2,500 Seed Money

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Abilities Café

Abilities Cafe is a non­profit organization that fills the need to train and employ Special Needs Individuals (SNIs) who are underrepresented in the workforce. Abilities Café is currently serving as a pop­up corporation raising capital to open a community-­run coffee shop that will combat the local unemployment rate by assisting SNIs with training, State sponsored internships, raising awareness of SNIs abilities to future community employers and the general public.

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Vanly is a centralized online marketplace and hospitality service connecting the vanlife community with homeowners willing to rent out their driveways.

Main Street First Place – $10,000 Seed Money

Monterey Bay Food Tours

Monterey Bay Food Tours

Monterey’s first and only walking food tour company, offering tours of restaurants and iconic landmarks complete with unique tastings.

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

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A Santa Cruz based wild kelp and intertidal seaweed harvesting company that creates products beneficial for humans, livestock and for agriculture.

White Glove Movers

White Glove Movers

A last-mile logistics and delivery service, focusing on serving businesses and their customers inside of the luxury furniture retail space.

Student Winner – $1,500 Seed Money

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Charge City

Provides a turnkey approach service to traditional retail parking lots into Electric Vehicle Charging Stations bringing new customers to stores while they charge their vehicles.

Other Finalists

Venture Division

Dance Minds, LLC logo
Plus One Living logo
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Seevi logo
Skywriter logo

Social Venture Division

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JMM Dance Company logo
Play Full Ground logo
Thomas Farms Films logo

Worth Saving Mercantile & Thrift Store

Main Street Division

The Lighting Workshop

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Hexbox Fitness
Salad Bytes Media logo
Tacklebox logo

Student Division

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