CSUMB to host Startup Weekend Jan. 24-26

Ever wonder what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

 CSU Monterey Bay will be a great place to find out when the university hosts Startup Weekend Monterey Bay Jan. 24-26.

Startup Weekend logoStartup Weekend will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources. Throughout the course of this 54-hour event, attendees will share ideas, form teams and launch startups.

Here’s how it works: The weekend opens with open mic pitches on Friday, where attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. You don't have to have an idea to attend. Teams form around the top ideas (as deemed by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.

On Sunday evening, teams demonstrate their prototypes in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Startup veterans and mentors – including faculty members and local entrepreneurs – will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences.

About 80 people participated in CSUMB’s inaugural Startup Weekend last year; 10 companies were formed over the weekend.

It's fantasy camp. At some point, haven't we all imagined ourselves as Mark Zuckerberg?
Inc. magazine, April 2013

The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development housed at CSUMB is organizing the event.

Sponsors include CSUMB’s Small Business Development Center, the Central Coast SBDC, the Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Cabrillo College, the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, the Monterey County Business Council and Steinbeck Innovation.

Participants must purchase a ticket prior to the event. Tickets are $99 or $49 for college students and include meals, snacks and parking. Register here.

Through a special grant, CSUMB students – in all majors – can participate for free and earn one college credit by registering for the spring BUS 495 or CST 495 Special Topics courses. 

The public is invited to attend the final team presentations and judging, and to meet these new entrepreneurs starting at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $20 and include dinner. Register here. 

For more information, contact Program Manager Mary Jo Zenk at (831) 582-3230 or mzenk@csumb.edu or visit the event's website.