Startup Challenge Workshops

Startup Challenge offers free workshops to participants to help them apply, prepare to pitch, and develop key aspects of their business. 

Introduction to Startup Challenge

These workshops are designed to help you know how to enter, compete, and get the most out of the Startup Challenge. These workshops are offered in locations around the region. The following two resources are the slides from the Introduction to Startup Challenge workshops:

Workshops will be held up to March 9th. Dates and locations are posted below.

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Introduction to Startup Challenge Workshops Schedule

All workshops meet 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Register here for all workshops.

2/19/2020

Salinas

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
106 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas

2/26/2020

Monterey

Middlebury Institute of International Studies
McCone building room M238
499 Pierce Street, Monterey

2/27/2020

Santa Cruz

NextSpace – Pacific Room
101 Cooper St, Santa Cruz

2/27/2020

Watsonville

El Pajaro  Community Development Corporation (CDC)
23 East Beach #209 Watsonville

3/2/2020

California State University Monterey Bay

Gambord Information & Technology Building
3054 Divarty Street, Seaside

3/3/2020

Salinas

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
106 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas

3/5/2020

Hollister

 

481 Fourth Street, Hollister, CA (San Benito Board of Supervisors Chamber Room)

Create a Winning Pitch

These workshops are designed to help you build the perfect pitch for the Qualifying Round. Applicants should attend the “Creating A Winning Pitch” workshops for tips on what to include, what to leave out, and how to narrow your focus to the most succinct, informative and successful pitch. The workshops will have opportunities to practice, so come prepared!

Creating a Winning Pitch Slide Deck

 

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Creating a Winning Pitch Workshops Schedule

All workshops meet 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Workshops will be held between March 9th and April 4th by Zoom video conferencing. Please RSVP below for your selected workshop sessions.

In It To Win It

Pitch preparation workshops

The In It To Win It pitch workshops provide both information to help you construct your pitch as well as practice and feedback. Finalists should attend the “In It To Win It” workshops for tips on what to include, what to leave out, and how to narrow your focus to the most succinct, informative and successful pitch. The workshops will have opportunities to practice, so come prepared with your draft pitch!

In It To Win It Pitch Slide Deck

The workshops will be held between April 4th and May 8th, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Dates and locations will be posted by March 31st.

Building Your Brand Narrative

Brand development workshop

Turning your value proposition and branding concept into a narrative helps you communicate clearly to customers, employees and investors the value that your brand delivers. This hands-on workshop will focus on creating a narrative for your brand that will help you articulate your brand for your final pitch as well as providing the basis for your marketing messaging.

Building Your Brand Narrative Slide Deck

The workshop will be held between April 4th and May 8th, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Date and location will be posted by March 31st.

More resources for 2020 Startup Challenge applicants: