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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.. 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 CASH prizes. The Challenge provides workshops and mentoring to support the founding, funding and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. The Challenge empowers entrepreneurs to communicate their ideas effectively to investors, customers and employees.

There are three divisions in the competition: Cash prizes for the winners in each division

  • Venture division is open to businesses that are intended to scale and provide venture-investor level returns.
  • Main Street division is open to small businesses, sole proprietorships, and nonprofits.
  • Student division is open to students in high school, community colleges, colleges and universities.

2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay | The Finale

Save the date! Meet the 2018 Startup Challenge Finalists at the Venture Showcase. Watch and cheer on the top finalists. Networking reception will follow.

May 12, 2018


CSUMB Salinas City Center
1 Main St
Salinas, CA 93901


RSVP for The Startup Challenge Finale

Attend an Introduction to Startup Challenge workshop

Learn more about the Startup Challenge new venture competition and how to apply at one of our Introductory sessions held throughout the Monterey Bay region. All workshops start at 6pm.

Download the schedule of Introduction to Startup Challenge workshops
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Pacific Grove, 2/15th, 6-7:30pmWatsonville, 2/27, 6-7:30pmPacific Grove 3/6th, 6-7:30pm

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development

(831) 582-3230