JMM Dance Co. Founding Director Veronica Vasquez at the 2019 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Dance Minds is one program offered by the Hollister dance studio. Photo by Matt Koller.

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JMM Dance Co. places in Startup Challenge Monterey Bay finals

San Benito dance studio competes for second year in a row. This year's challenge took place online and saw 31 finalists compete in four divisions.

Brad Barbeau, executive director of the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development, addresses the crowd the 2019 Startup Challenge. Photo by Matt Koller.

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Startup Challenge Monterey Bay goes virtual

SBC nonprofit JMM Dance will compete in the Social Venture division finals.

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. File photo.

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Startup Challenge Monterey Bay application deadline draws near

Participants have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of business experts to get valuable feedback, and compete for prizes and exposure to the local community for business development and funding.

Brad Barbeau, executive director of the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development, addresses the crowd the 2019 Startup Challenge. Photo by Matt Koller.

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Startup Challenge Monterey Bay awards $60,000 in prize money to winners

Three San Benito County businesses take part in finals, but none placed in their divisions.

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Three local businesses advance to finals for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Competitors will present business pitches to a panel of judges during May 10 finals in Seaside.

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. File photo.

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Five San Benito County businesses compete in Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Qualifying round set for April 6; finalists move on to May 10 main event.

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Photo courtesy of Startup Challenge Monterey Bay.

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New businesses welcome to Startup Challenge

Hollister workshop explains how to apply for 10th annual competition.

2018 winner Michelle Doty talks about her company, That Garlic Stuff, to a woman attending the ninth annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas last year. Doty won the Main Street division and a prize of $10,000. File photo by Tom Leyde.

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Startup Challenge Monterey Bay seeking applicants

Social Venture Division is a new category for competition and will appeal to nonprofit organizations.

Michelle Doty talks about her company, That Garlic Stuff, to a woman attending the ninth annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas Saturday. Doty won the Main Street division and a prize of $10,000. Photo by Tom Leyde.

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Hollister business wins Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Three Hollister businesses competed in this year's Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas. Two came home with prize money.

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Two Hollister businesses enter startup challenge finals

Arti-Culture and Ohana Shave Ice enter the final round for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. While this is Arti-Culture's first entry, Ohana came in second place last year in the Main Street Division.

Doty talks garlic to the three judges and timer

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4 San Benito businesses make Startup Challenge finals

One "venture" and three "main street" businesses named finalists in Startup Challenge Monterey Bay