iiED Events and Programs

Entrepreneurship Programs

iiED supports regional entrepreneurship through a regional website StartupMontereyBay.com and also the following events:

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

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.

Startup Tech Meetup Monterey Bay

This Meetup is for those who want to learn about stimulating new technologies that can give your company a competitive edge, boost your career, and spark the flame of entrepreneurship in our community.

Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay

The annual CSUMB Hackathon combines students from CSUMB, MPC, Cabrillo and Hartnell for a weekend of creative tech development. Teams work through the weekend to come up with innovative solutions to social and global issues of the day, and display their prototypes at the end of the weekend.

Startup Weekend Monterey Bay

Startup Weekend Monterey Bay is a partnership between the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development and Techstars.

Each January CSUMB hosts the local Startup Weekend, a 54 hour immersive event in which budding entrepreneurs, developers and designers gather, pitch an idea, or just join a team, and spend the entire weekend designing the next great venture.

Startup Investment & Community Capitol Expo

The goal of this interactive event is to provide emerging businesses, investors, Chamber members, and the larger Monterey Bay community with a forum for pathways to funding local and regional startup business projects. This session ends with quick pitches by innovative startups to active investors.

Educational Programs

iiED provides educational programs to foster the development of entrepreneurship and tech talent.

Entrepreneurship Forums

The forums provide an opportunity for students and aspiring entrepreneurs to hear from professional and experience people from the field, and learn from their stories. In addition to a short talk by each panel member, there is ample opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the panel. Forums are held as special topics arise.

Women in Ag & Tech Entrepreneurship Forum

Youth Summer Tech Programs

Advanced Research Symposiums

Institute of Innovation and Economic Development at California State University Monterey Bay offers Advanced Research Symposiums and workshops geared towards domestic and international researchers, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars and professionals in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, management strategies, economic development, economic policies, non-profit management and research methods.

The research projects and symposiums are focused on the topics of:

  • Regional and global economic development
  • Policy, regulation and law of economic development
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship trends
  • Frontier of leadership and management
  • Venture forming and financial strategy
  • Innovation process and new business models

The workshops are focused on hands-on research design and implementation, covering:

  • Current issues of innovation and economic development
  • Research methods and case studies of innovation and economic development
  • Research design and data analysis
  • Research publication preparation and strategies

The program collaborates with local governments, non-profit organizations and Silicon Valley corporations to provide guest speakers, industry tours and focus groups. The program is sponsored by organization such as Steinbeck Innovation Cluster, Peking University, California Institute for Global Education, Joint Venture Monterey Bay and Monterey Bay Business Council.