Welcome to the Otter Tank!

Welcome to the 2021 Startup Challenge Otter Tank! This is the final event of the Startup Challenge. The three top companies from the Main Street and Venture divisions will compete for the Grand Prize in their division. We will also present the awards in all of the divisions, and also the new Best Woman-Owned Business award.

The Otter Tank will begin at 2:00 pm. You can find out more about this year’s Startup Challenge Finalists on our Venture Showcase page.

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People’s Choice Award

During the Otter Tank competition, we’ll be asking you to vote for your favorite business for the People’s Choice Award. The poll will be visible below when it goes live.

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Startup Challenge Otter Tank Schedule

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Otter Tank

Watch the top teams in Main Street and Venture divisions compete for first place & stick around for the winners announcements!

2:00 pm

Welcome and Introductions

Co-hosts Kelly O’Brien, Doug Erickson and Brad Barbeau kick off the 2021 Otter Tank

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Main Street Division Otter Tank

Watch the top three Main Street Division startups compete for first place.

3:05 pm

Startup Challenge Alumni Feature Video

Video featuring past winners and the competition’s impact on the region.

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Venture Division Otter Tank

Watch the top three Venture Division startups compete for first place.

4:10 pm

Best Woman-Owned Business Award

Carmen Herrera-Masir, Director of El Pajaro CDC, presents a special award to the best female-owned, for-profit emerging business of the Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2021 finalists.

4:15 pm

Student Division Winner Announcement

Announcement of Grand Prize winner in the Student Division.

4:20 pm

Social Venture Division Awards

Announcement of the Social Venture Division Runners Up and First Place winner.

4:30 pm

People’s Choice Awards

Announcement of the crowd’s favorite Otter Tank competitors for the Main Street and Venture Divisions.

4:33 pm

Main Street Division Awards

Announcement of the Main Street Division Runners Up and First Place winner.

4:38 pm

Venture Division Awards

Announcement of the Venture Division Runners Up, and First Place winner.

4:45 pm

Closing Ceremony

Thank you for being a part of the Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2021!

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Otter Tank

Watch the top teams in Main Street and Venture divisions compete for first place & stick around for the winners announcements!

2:00 pm Introduction and Welcome

2:15 pm First Main Street Finalist Pitch

2:25 pm Q&A with Judges

2:32 pm Second Main Street Finalist Pitch

2:42 pm Q&A with Judges

2:49 pm Third Main Street Finalist Pitch

2:59 pm Q&A with Judges

3:05 pm Student Division Winner Announced and Company Q&A with Audience

3:15 pm First Venture Finalist Pitch

3:25 pm Q&A with Judges

3:32 pm Second Venture Finalist Pitch

3:42 pm Q&A with Judges

3:49 pm Third Main Street Finalist Pitch

3:59 pm Q&A with Judges

4:05 pm Social Venture Runners Up Announcement & Winner Q&A with Audience

4:12 pm Startup Challenge Alumni Feature Video

4:17 pm Carmen Herrera-Masir Presents the Woman-Owned Business award

4:25 PM Main Street Awards and Q&A with Winner

4:30 PM Venture Awards and Q&A with Winner

4:40 PM Closing Remarks

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