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.
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Carmel Honey Company grew out of a passion for bees and good grades. This Company began as a student “real world” homework assignment in 5th grade. I not only got an A on the project, but created a business! I enjoy sharing my honey bee knowledge with classrooms and the community, and if you are interested, I’d be happy to speak to your organization about how critical the honey bee is to our future and share with you my thoughts and my (and my family’s) beekeeping experiences.