Welcome to the Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2021!

Complete the steps below to enter the Venture Division of the Startup Challenge 2021:

  1. Fill out the form below to create an account for this website.
  2. You will be redirected to PayPal to pay the application fee of $50. (Accepted payments: PayPal, Credit Card, or Debit Card).
  3. Once payment is complete, you will be redirected to complete your company application form.


Why is there an application fee?

The Startup Challenge has been offered to the community free of any application fees in the past. We have become convinced that this is not a “best practice” for the event and have instituted a small entry fee – “skin in the game” as it were – for the event entrants. We feel that the cost of the entry fee is returned many times over in value provided to the entrants.

What are the benefits of participating?

What’s new this year?

In addition to the above, this year, we have added the following:

Important Application Requirements:

Business must be under 2 years old and based in Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito counties.

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