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Entrepreneurship Events and Programs

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

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Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay

November 1-3, 2019

Develop technology to solve important problems and create new possibilities. At Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay you will work in teams to show off your skills and build new ones; create innovative prototypes and compete for the best information.

Use drones, automation and robotics technology to build tech-based solutions to make our cities smarter and safer.

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Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

May 1, 2020

See tomorrow's hottest businesses compete in the Otter Tank. Network with investors, judges, mentors and entrepreneurs.

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Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup

2nd Tuesday of each month

A monthly Meetup where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, local start-ups, and businesses can meet, learn, tell others about what you're up to, find out what they're up to, and enjoy the camaraderie with other entrepreneurs.

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Startup Weekend Monterey Bay

January 24-26, 2020

54 hours of entrepreneurship! Startup Weekend is a 54 hour immersive event in which budding entrepreneurs, developers and designers gather, pitch an idea, join a team, and spend the entire weekend designing the next great venture.

More information coming soon

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Startup Investment and Community Capital

September 27, 2019

Learn the secrets to getting investments in startups. Network with investors and entrepreneurs.

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Be a part of the Monterey Bay region's entrepreneurship community. Check out this one-stop resource for entrepreneurs, innovators and the startup community.

Startup Launchpad

The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development is in the early phases of opening the Startup Launchpad. The Startup Launchpad will provide specialized technical and business assistance, mentorship, education, and access to resources for startups and nascent companies in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. The focus of the incubation program will be to transform entrepreneurial ideas and product/service concepts into viable early-stage businesses, filling the gap in missing valley of death services and thereby providing critical soft infrastructure to support the regional economy.

Funding for this program is made possible from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, as well as private partners.

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development

(831) 582-3230