2020 is bigger than ever!

Applicants Entered
Intro workshops
Winning Pitch Workshops
Submitted Pitches
Finalists Chosen

Introducing the finalists for this year’s competition!

Venture Division



BrightSky identifies damaged roofs by applying machine learning to aerial photography. Our service generates qualified and interested leads for roofing contractors.

Guided Gro makes it easy for cannabis enthusiasts to grow a legal number of cannabis plants at home. We deliver superior greenhouses, plants, and guidance from start to harvest.

SAFERx Pharmaceuticals has established a paradigm-shifting method for reducing the risk of opioid overdose by developing a new class of alcohol-resistant opioids.

Trokero, Inc. is the bridge that connects truckers to shippers. Trokero is developing a technology platform that enhance the efficiency and productivity for seamless on-demand trucking logistics.

infiniRel protects the ROI for renewable energy investors by reducing operational risks and extending the life of critical assets with our patented solar inverter health scanning technology.
Luma provides the world’s greatest self-cleaning water bottle that uses digital UVC light and carbon filtration to eliminate 99.9% of odor causing germs, bacteria, and viruses.
Parallel Flight Technologies is building drones that fly longer and carry more payload than any other technology available. They will transform how we fight wildfires and respond to disasters!

A self-sustaining organic soil home gardening system that allows people to grow and harvest organic leafy greens, herbs, and fruiting vegetables from an organic, vertical wall. 

The Ultimate All-Purpose Organizing System for Every Room in the House. Outfit closets, kitchens, kids rooms, offices, dorm rooms, and garages with these sturdy, stackable, and easily accessible boxes.

Priorly is an AI driven activity tracker for the digital workforce, providing productivity analytics, actionable insights, and billable line items for individuals, teams, and organizations. Let your time track itself.
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Hotbox is developing the next generation of innovative drying and heating
technology to enable emerging processes in agriculture and industry. Our
mission is to create efficient drying solutions that are accessible and costefficient for cultivators.

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Ex Vivo Automation

Improving patient outcomes through advanced pharmaceutical testing.

Social Venture Division

“Tiny” homes for the homeless made out of recycled shipping containers.

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Integrated Management Consultants

IMC mission is to be keep the cyber integrity of local businesses intact as well be at the disposal of law enforcement agencies for assistance in cyber forensics to aid them in their investigations to keep the community safe.
We are a non-profit that utilizes the tools of dance & movement to help bring self-empowerment, mindfulness and social emotional development to people of all abilities and backgrounds.

Levered Learning is closing the achievement gap in elementary mathematics with an adaptive blending learning system.

Disasters can happen without warning. Peace of Mind Preparedness helps businesses, families and service organizations become more prepared than ever. Personalized for you.
We Hike is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing free after-school transportation and guided trail hikes for underserved middle school children in Monterey County.

Wild Earth Studios

Wild Earth Studios provides quality arts education, inspires creativity, and serves our community through positive and enriching experiences.


Main Street Division

West Coast AGAVE – we are a wholesale/distribution group dedicated to support Central Coast artisanal food producers, by building a network of small speciality food stars and corner markets that are substantial to the growth of healthy community.

Creative Hub

Creative Hub is an all ages community center that plans on expanding the creative horizons of the Monterey Peninsula with our three distinct programs; Scofflaws, Hooplah, and The Hub.
Hexbox is a state of the art fitness facility that combines the most fun, most effective 50 minute workouts you’ll ever experience all with 24 hour access.
Monterey Bay Eco Tours operates an electric 32 passenger catamaran on the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing. We provide an hour and a half tour on this tranquil estuary teeming with wildlife.

Monterey Bay Moves is your one stop shop for all fitness and wellness services, based in Marina. We offer motivational and social outdoor group fitness workouts & yoga, as well as hybrid home and online-based personal training and corporate group wellness services.

Nece’s Gluten Free is a family-owned home bakery that caters to Monterey County’s gluten free community and its visitors from around the world. We are “Deliciously Gluten Free!”
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B Well

A concierge IV therapy mobile service offering hydrating vitamin cocktails to make people feel better fast. Great for jetlag, hangovers, illness, fatigue. Also vitamin B12 injections and other treatments as appropriate.

Chai Five is health & wellness brand dedicated to crafting clean-ingredient functional tea blends and wellness blends, crafted to help you feel good and do good! All blends are made with the highest-quality super-food ingredients.

Student Division


Project Pegasus

We provide virtual drone pilot training to companies. This will facilitate for them taking the new economic opportunities through enhancing their operating activities.

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Seishun look’s to empower those who are looking for a platform to show their skills to companies looking for skilled entertainers. Our motto is: Like a star anybody can shine.

A product development company specializing in developing IoT hardware and software products that make remote monitoring and task management easier.  Howe Neat is that?

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GoTo Gardens

GoTo Gardens is a nonprofit organization working to establish a network of community gardens to provide fresh and affordable food to members of the Monterey County area who suffer from food insecurity. Together we can provide food grown by the community for the community.