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 divisin is open to students in high school, community colleges, colleges and universities.

Deadline for 2018 Startup Challenge competition is 3/12th midnight!

Monday, March 12, 2018
6:00am — 11:59pm


Don't miss your chance to win CASH prizes and lots of help for your startup idea!

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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