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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.

Three San Benito County businesses have moved on the finals for the 2019 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay: Dance Minds, JMM Dance Co. and Worth Saving Mercantile and Thrift Store.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay held its qualifying round on April 6. Here are all of the finalists moving on to the last round of the competition:

Venture Division ($30,000 in prize money available)

  • Dance Minds
  • Foundry Platform
  • Musicians Bass
  • SeeVi
  • Skywriter Systems, Inc.
  • Standby Health

Social Venture Divison ($15,000 in prize money available)

  • Abilities Cafe
  • GreenFit
  • JMM Dance Co.
  • New Wave
  • Play Full Ground
  • Thomas Farm Films
  • Vanly
  • Worth Saving Mercantile & Thrift Store

Main Street Division ($15,000 in prize money available)

  • American Wholesale Light
  • The eDirector
  • Hexbox
  • Monterey Bay Food Tours
  • Salad Bytes Media
  • Seaquoia
  • Tacklebox Creative
  • White Glove Movers

Student Division ($15,000 in prize money available)

  • Charge City
  • Howe Neat, Inc.
  • Late Night Life

Finalists will advance to the last round on May 10, where they will present 10-minute business pitches to a panel of judges. The evening of May 10 is the Otter Tank and Venture Showcase, an expo where all participants can share their businesses with the public. Finals will take place from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Seaside at 1441 Canyon Del Ray Boulevard, Seaside, CA 93955.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a business competition and accelerator program that supports the founding, funding and growth of new and innovative businesses in San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties. The event is a project of CSU-Monterey Bay’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development.

Other related BenitoLink articles:

Five San Benito County businesses compete in Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Hollister business wins Startup Challenge Monterey Bay


BenitoLink Staff