Startup Challenge 2023 Finalists

Venture Division

Open to businesses intended to scale and provide venture investor-level returns.


Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for personal commuting.


A two-sided marketplace for engineering drafting services.

Friendly Robots Company

Specializes in commercial grade robotics for facility maintenance.


A comprehensive location-based, visual social app that brings the community and groups closer together.

RedRider LLC

A sustainable housing solutions company that specializes in producing affordable, mass-produced housing using modular timber that is eco-friendly.


A virtual reality company that is providing a better solution for youth sports.

Stellaria Creative Company

Specializes in unique methods of engagement marketing and storytelling that incorporates original cirque musical theatre and/or site-specific productions.

Sweet Prairie Haskap

A first to market, high potency, nutrient-dense concentrated juice made from the haskap berry.

Main Street Division

Open to small businesses and sole proprietorships.

101 Coffee Bar

A coffeehouse located in the downtown Soledad, CA providing gourmet coffees, espressos, lattes, wine, and food.

Brewjee Coffee Co

A local coffee company offering a selection of handrafted espresso drinks, teas, lemonades, specialty drinks and pastry options.

Chezza Jewelry

Sells handmade, minimalist jewelry to spotlight your radiance.

Locally Lit

Local candlemaking experience and classes.

Manzi's Venezuelan Cuisine

Provides traditional Venezuelan food that is healthy, high-quality, and also Gluten Free.

Barista Institute for Guitar

A post secondary institution for the visual and performing arts that provides art degrees with an emphasis on art therapy.


A non-tech interactive educational tool to promote verbal, fine motor, and memory skills for children ages 6 months - 4 years old.

The Bus Stop Beer Garden

A craft beer garden that sells draft beer and food with an "old bus" theme.

Social Venture Division

Open to for-profit and not-for-profit businesses with a significant social mission.

AK Productions

A non-profit production company with the aim to address the breakdown in public knowledge by producing honest--and accessible--journalism for everyday people.

Art Abilities

A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering intellectually disadvantaged people by helping them in their creative expression and community integration through art.

CSUMB Observer

A space for CSUMB students to develop and showcase their talents.

Get Up and Move (GUM)

Provides a website and apps that help people get up and move more frequently and mindfully throughout the day.

Play Brightly Youth Charitable Foundation

A charitable foundation serving girls (3rd-8th grade) with health, nutrition, strength and conditioning education and basketball player development.

Saving the Earth One Bite at a Time

Provides education to farmers and consumers about regenerative farming to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change to remove CO2 from our atmosphere.

Student Division

Open to all students in middle school through graduate school.

Bubbly Hill Wines

A wine company that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) technology to produce and sell high-quality wines.


Educational software to enable dance programs and fine arts schools to write online choreography through a unique user interface.


A marketing and advertising company utilizing new technology to generate revenue and value for a full range of businesses.

Micro Home Village & Manufacturing Center

Educational and vocational training facility to manufacture micro homes for the homeless.

Nexus Electronics

Develops open-source sensor hardware.