What stage of the Startup Challenge are we in?

Applications open

Applications close

Pitch workshops

Qualifying Round

Prep for the Finale


Friday, May 1, 2020

2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Embassy Suites by Hilton, Seaside


Open to businesses intended to scale and provide venture-investor level returns.


Open to for-profit and not-for-profit businesses with a significant social mission.

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Open to small businesses and sole proprietorships.

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Open to all students in middle school through graduate schools.

Important dates for Startup Challenge 2021!

Application Deadline – March 8, 2021

Qualifying Round – April 9, 2021

Startup Challenge Finale – May 7, 2021

Startup Challenge is a community service organized by the  Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at California State University Monterey Bay.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors

Diamond Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Special Partnership
In-Kind Sponsors