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Startup Monterey Bay Launchpad

Prepare for launch! 

Launchpad offers mentoring and advising, workshops, referrals to resources, assistance in obtaining funding, and connection to our extensive network of entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, and service providers. Our vision is that we are creating not just a program, but a community of entrepreneurs who can support each other in developing innovative businesses in our region – Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties.

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development

Why Apply to Launchpad?

Companies who apply will go through an assessment process to identify priorities in their development process as well as match them with appropriate advisors. Each Launchpad company will create milestones for getting to launch. Continued participation in the Launchpad will depend on demonstrated progress toward achieving the milestones. Companies will “graduate” from the Launchpad when they are ready to operate independently or to enter an accelerator program, but all graduates will remain eligible for continued participation in programs – and looked to for assistance with newer companies entering the Launchpad.

How to Apply to Launchpad

To apply to Launchpad fill out the application form. Applications for the first cohort are open now. The selection process will include an interview with the founding team. Selection of companies is expected to be complete by November 30th.

Launchpad Sponsors

Startup Monterey Bay Launchpad is a project of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development in the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay. Startup Monterey Bay Launchpad is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and matching funds from the sponsors shown above.

Launchpad is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce award number 07-79-07517/113182.