Applications Due Monday, March 10 for Startup Challenge

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Last Free Application Workshop Held Saturday for the Fifth Annual Event

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Now in its fifth year, The Startup Challenge is a competition for new ventures in the tri-county area with the aim of showcasing the business potential of the area.

Applications are due on Monday, March 10 by 11:59 p.m. PDT for the 2014 Startup Challenge. The Startup Challenge is a competition for new ventures in the tri-county area with the aim of showcasing the business potential of the area; supporting regional start-ups; attracting business and investors to the region; encouraging business students to become entrepreneurs; and promoting tech transfer, innovation and commercialization.

  •     All start-ups that can show how they will create jobs in the tri-county area are welcome to apply. One-page entries are due March 10 at 11:59 p.m.
  •     Semifinalists will be chosen from the Business Pitch event held March 28th at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB).
  •     The semifinalist companies will be asked to complete a full business plan, which they will present to panels of investors, industry leaders and business consultants on May 2nd at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Prizes range from $5,000 cash for the winning student team, to $10,000 cash for the winning main-street company, to $50,000 in cash and professional services for the winning venture-play company. Information about the Challenge is available at http://www.thestartupchallenge.org, along with the instructions and entry forms.

More than 10 regional workshops to help applicants complete the application have been held. One final workshop is scheduled for:

  •     Saturday, March 8 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, McGowan Hall Room 320.

For more information about the competition or to get involved as a sponsor, please visit http://www.thestartupchallenge.org or call 831-831-582-3230.

Updates on the competition can be found on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/StrtupChallenge or by liking the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TheStartupChallenge .

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