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Santa Cruz Launchpad 2022

June 1, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Annual UCSC CIED pitch competition + Santa Cruz Works job fair

For the 5th year, this event combines exciting student business plan teams competing for $40,000 in cash prizes, plus a community job fair with 20+ local companies offering 400+ jobs for seasoned professionals and interns.

1-4pm: UCSC Pitch Competition

Students will compete in a business plan competition for $40,000 in cash prizes.

5-8pm: Job Fair

Job seekers will have the opportunity to interact with 20+ local companies offering 400+ jobs ranging from engineering to marketing, project management, sales, and customer support. Exhibiting companies include: Joby Aviation, Amazon, PayStand, Looker/Google, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Ambient Photonics, Cruz Foam, Digital NEST, Bay Federal Credit Union, Unnatural Products, Santa Cruz Seaside Company, Digital NEST, Zero Motorcycles, and more. DETAILS ABOUT HIRING COMPANIES HERE. There are 2 job openings for every job seeker! This event allows students, job seekers, professionals, and employers the opportunity to show off their resumes and career opportunities and make new connections. This is one of our biggest events of the year, with hundreds of attendees. There is no charge to attend but you must register in advance.


  • 1-4pm: Round 1 of business plan pitches (open to the public)
  • 5-6pm: Job Fair + Networking
  • 6pm: Chancellor’s Welcome, Pitch competition finalist presentations
  • 6:30-8pm: Job Fair + Networking


Additional Information

Parking is available in lots surrounding the UCSC Cowell Hay Barn (5 minute walk). Free parking after 5pm in Lots 116, 115, 151, 117A, 117B, and 122 (See parking guide below). Registration required. Masks will be provided and are strongly recommended indoors and throughout the event. Food & beverage will be provided. For those with mobility issues, please reach out in advance for accommodations.




June 1, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Cowell Ranch Historic Hay Barn
Ranch View Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

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