Over its seven years to date, over 370 businesses have entered the Challenge.  In 2016, a record 81 businesses entered the Challenge, and 26 advanced to the Final Round.  All of the seven previous winners of the Venture division are still active businesses, and they have raised more than $2,500,000 in funding.  Two of the previous winners, Yoderm (2012) and HeavyConnect (2016), have been accepted into 500 Startups, a world-renowned Silicon Valley accelerator.  Main Street winners who have gone on to launch successful businesses include Katie’s Cold Press in Watsonville, Luma Yoga in Santa Cruz, New Bohemian Beer in Santa Cruz, Open Ground Studios in Seaside, and the Carmel Honey Company in Carmel.

Archer Components

Website: www.archercomponents.com
Categories: 2017, Venture Division
Categories: 2016, Archives, Main Street Division

Bear Coast Capital

Categories: 2017, Student Division


Contact: Janna Ratzlaff
Phone: 650-224-5489 Website: https://bothco.org/
Categories: 2016, Archives, Main Street Division

Brooks Ideas, Inc.

Address Santa Cruz CA Website: http://brooksideas.com/
Categories: 2011, Archives, Venture Division

Camp Fashionista

Address 1702 Meridian Ave, Unit K San Jose CA 95125 Phone: (408) 757-3434 Website: http://www.campfashionista.net
Categories: 2013, Archives, Venture Division

Carmel Honey Company

Phone: (831) 687-8511 Website: http://carmelhoneycompany.com/
Categories: 2016, Alumni, Archives, Main Street Division, Winners

Community Fresh Markets

Categories: 2016, Archives, Student Division

Credo Studio

Categories: 2017, Main Street Division

Cruz Foam

Website: www.cruzfoam.com
Categories: 2017, Student Division

Culinary Culmination

Categories: 2017


Categories: 2017, Venture Division


Website: www.deuwave.com
Categories: 2017, Venture Division

Erin Borges Designs

Phone: 831-747-4562 Website: http://www.erinborgesdesigns.com/
Categories: 2016, Archives, Venture Division


Categories: 2017, Venture Division


Categories: 2017, Venture Division

Franklin Inventions

Website: www.franklininventions.com
Categories: 2017, Main Street Division

Fro n’ Joe

Address 13 W Carmel Valley Rd Carmel Valley CA 93924 Phone: 831-298-7582
Categories: 2014, 2015, Archives, Main Street Division, Venture Division


Website: www.joingolden.com
Categories: 2016, 2017, Venture Division, Venture Division

Greenwise Water and Landscapes

Address 98 Via Ventura ​Monterey CA 93940 Phone: 831-643-9911 Website: http://www.greenwise.industries/
Categories: 2016, Alumni, Archives, Main Street Division

Guardsafe Technologies

Address 500 Cathedral Drive, Unit 823 Aptos CA 95001 Phone: 831-332-1539 Website: http://guardsafetechnologies.com/
Categories: 2012, Archives, Venture Division

Heavy Connect

Address 150 Main St., #130 Salinas CA 93901 Phone: (831)596-4782 Website: http://www.heavyconnect.com/
Categories: 2016, Alumni, Archives, Venture Division, Winners

International Proof Systems, LLC

Address 911 Washington St. Louis Missouri 63101 Phone: 314-452-6880 Website: http://www.internationalproofsystems.com/index.html
Categories: 2015, Archives, Venture Division


Website: www.iondx.com
Categories: 2017, Venture Division


Website: http://jamcloud.co/
Categories: 2016, Archives, Venture Division
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