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The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) is an institute of CSUMB's College of Business. The iiED offers programs that work toward developing entrepreneurs and supporting innovative ideas that lead to new business opportunities and job growth for students and community members.


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2020 Startup Investment and Community Capital Expo Attracts Over 500 Attendees

The fourth annual Startup Investment and Community Capital (SICC) Expo was held last week on Monday, September 28 – Wednesday, September 30, 2020. This year’s SICC Expo attracted over 500 attendees who participated in three days of presentations and company/speaker panels. In addition to the speaker and panelists, 19 innovative companies pitched their businesses to panels of 24 investors. This event provided businesses, investors, and the larger Monterey Bay community a forum for pathways to funding local and regional startup business projects.

Profiles of Monterey Bay Entrepreneurs: Jake Reisdorf of the Carmel Honey

Jake had participated in a weekend regional business plan competition, Startup Challenge, hosted by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) at CSU, Monterey Bay. Startup Challenge includes coaching, mentoring, and pitch practice sessions to hone the skills of entrepreneurs. Jake was by far our youngest and one of the most successful program participants. (The iiED is funded in part through a grant from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.)

What had started as a 5th-grade homework assignment for Jake, ended up being his winning project for the 2016 Startup Challenge, a regional .

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