How to compete In the Startup Challenge
Who Is Eligible:
- Start-ups (not yet operational) and emerging (in launch phase) businesses may apply.
- Businesses must be located in the Monterey Bay region (Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz counties).
- The business idea must be your original work (your business, not someone else’s and not a franchise of another business).
Apply to Start Up Challenge in One of the Four Divisions:
$1,500 Total Prize Money
Open to all students in middle school through graduate school.
Key Dates for Competitors
March 9th: Deadline for Applications
April 4th: Qualifying Round Pitches
May 8th: Startup Challenge Finale
Startup Challenge Workshops
Workshops for Participants
Attend an Introduction to Startup Challenge session
These sessions will give you valuable information about how to enter, learn, and be successful in the Challenge. See the Participant Workshops page for information on upcoming sessions. If you cannot attend a live session, the informational slides are available on the Participant Workshops page.
Apply for the Challenge, and attend a Creating a Successful Pitch workshop
You need to apply in your division. The application asks for contact information and then for you to answer questions about your market, how your business will add value for customers, how it will make money, , who you will be competing with and how you will win, and other questions. You can return to editing your application until applications close on March 9th. After you enter you are eligible to attend the Creating a Successful Pitch workshops. The schedule for these workshops will be listed on the Participant Workshops page. The Pitch workshops will be held during March, after the applications close.
Some additional information you may find useful: