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Don’t miss the 2019 Startup Challenge Finale!

Startup Monterey Bay is proud to announce the finalists for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. We are very excited about this year’s competition and believe this may be the best group of companies yet! This year we introduced the Social Venture Division for companies with a mission of social enterprise.

We had 8 finalists for the Venture Division, 8 for the Social Venture Division, 8 for the Main Street Division, and 3 for the Student Division. Please browse the companies below for more information on these future Monterey Bay regional businesses. They are listed alphabetically by division.

Meet the 2019 Startup Challenge Finalists!

2019 Venture Division


Dance Minds, LLC logo

DanceMinds LLC

Offers specialty dance programs for dance studios along with consulting, training and programming for long term success.

Dance Minds
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Foundry Platform

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

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Musician’s BASS, Inc.

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

Musician's BASS
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An indoor agriculture company growing micro greens in a high-tech warehouse utilizing robotics, hydroponics, sensors, machine learning and predictive analytics.

PlusOne Living
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A digital platform and physical network that enables ALL with the ability to obtain powerful, easy to use affordable life technologies for learning, working, playing and communicating.

PlusOne Network
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A real-time video streaming platform and Mobile application for bars/restaurants that allows customers to make decisions while providing business insights for venue owners.

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Skywriter Systems, Inc.

A complete self-serve digital content broadcast and marketing platform for small to midsize enterprises to engage their markets across email, Web, and social media with an integrated platform.


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.

2019 Social Venture Division


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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.

Abilities Cafe
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A health club powered by human kinetic and solar energy instead of being a conventional gym facility with a myriad of electricity-consuming exercise machines.

Green Fit
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JMM Dance Co.

A non­profit organization that provides dance and arts classes to individuals with physical, developmental, mental, emotional, and financial limitiations.

JMM Dance
New Wave Programs logo

New Wave Programs, LLC

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.

New Wave
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Play Full Ground

Offers creative based learning programs and products to individuals and groups to improve critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills.

Play Full Ground
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Thomas Farm Films

A non profit organization in Aptos that offers after-school and summer programs to inspire creatiivity and boost confidence in children through the art of filmmaking.

Thomas Farms
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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.


Worth Saving Mercantile & Thrift Store

An extension of Hollister Community Outreach, this store provides quality and affordable clothing and small household goods in a pleasant and inviting environment.

2019 Main Street Division


American Wholesale Lighting

The Lighting Workshop

Provides the “secrets” of the lighting industry to consumers and gives them access high quality lighting at warehouse prices.

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The eDirector

Specialists in creating digital learning courses to help their clients monetize their following and get their eLearning courses seen.

Hexbox Fitness


A state of the art fitness facility coming to Seaside that combines 24 hour access, CrossFit, and HXBX classes.

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.

Monterey Bay Food Tours
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Salad Bytes Media

Creates high quality podcasts and manages social media campaigns for local businesses.

Salad Bytes Media
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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.

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Tacklebox Creative

An art and design company in Carmel Valley that inspires women of all ages through original art, workshops, and mentorship.

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.

White Glove Movers

2019 Student Division


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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.

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Howe Neat, Inc.

Provides a semi-autonomous cleaning device to reclaim discarded debris that otherwise might end up in the environment, and make communities cleaner and safer in the process.

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Late Night Life

An entertainment/talent platform for college campuses that brings outside talent through different event packages to clubs and facilities.