Meetups, demo nights, hackathons, game jams and networking events don’t just happen. Someone has to do the work to put them together.

Startup Investment Expo
The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is holding this event in conjunction with their annual Business Expo.
When:                October 26, 2017
Where:               Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA
Register here:   Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Events

Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup

This MeetUp is for Santa Cruz professionals who want to learn about stimulating new technologies that can give your company a competitive edge, boost your career, and spark the flame of entrepreneurship in our community. Present, Learn, Network, Invent, and keep high tech businesses growing in Santa Cruz.

When:                1st Wednesday of the month

Where:               Cruzio Building 877 Cedar Street, Suite 150 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Register here:

In the News:      Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup: Chronicles

Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup 
A monthly meetup for entrepreneurs and tech folks in the Monterey area.
When:                 2nd Tuesday of the month
Where:                The Press Club in Seaside, CA 
Register here:  

Watsonville AgTech Meetup
The Santa Cruz County Ag Tech Meetup is where agriculture and technology come together to cultivate new possibilities and partnerships.
When:                 Last Wednesday of the month
Where:                Digital NEST 318 Union Street, Watsonville, 95076
Register here:
In the News:       Cultivating Ag-Tech Culture in Watsonville 

Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay
"Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Wildfires: Tech for Disasters" will have participants create technology-based solutions to aid in preparing for, surviving, and recovering from major natural disasters. Hosted by CSUMB's Institute for Innovation & Economic Development (iiED) and open to students and teams of students from all fields. 
When:                 4 pm November 3rd through 4 pm November 5th.
Where:                CSUMB Business and Information Technology Building.
Register here:    Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay 2017

Hacks UCSC has been rebranded as CruzHacks which is a nonprofit, student run, annual hackathon for college and highschool students.   
When:                 January 19th-21st, 2018 
Where:                Santa Cruz, CA
Register here:

In the News:       Hack UCSC 2017: Traffic solution, Chef win top awards. 

Thrive Accelerator
Thrive Accelerator is a highly selective mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the Precision Agriculture space. Ten startup companies have been selected to gather and connect in the Salinas area for mentorship, collaboration, and direct access to the top fresh agriculture companies in the world.
When:                 March - May
Where:                Salinas, CA      
In the News:       10 named THRIVE Accelorator winners

CSUMB Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Events
The CSUMB iiED holds many entrepreneurship events including a hackathon, Startup Weekend, and forums for students and aspiring entrepreneurs.
When:                  Varies
Where:                 Varies
Register here:     iiED Entrepreneurship Events

Startup Monterey Bay Summer Incubator (new)
Selected startup companies in the Monterey Bay region will have an opportunity to have a team of student interns from the School of Computing & Design & College of Business work with them on product and business development issues.
When:                  TBD
Where:                 CSUMB
Register here:     Website under development

Ag Tech Summit 
Join agriculture and farming professionals as they break ground on the 4th Annual Salinas Valley Agricultural Technology Summit. The SalinasValley is home to one of the nations most successful, valuable and productive farming regions.  One hours travel from Silicon Valley, there is growing partnerships in education and technology giving way to breakthroughs impacting the industry.
When:                  March 28, 2018
Where:                 Hartnell College - Alisal Campus
Register here:     Salinas Valley Ag Tech Institute