MENDOCINO Co., 8/7/19 — The final round of contestants in the Startup Mendocino competition have been announced — five local businesses will now go on to compete in a pitch competition for a total of $20,000 in prizes, and the public is invited to be one of the judges. The event takes place on Sunday, August 25th at Mendocino College, and the audience will listen to live presentations from local business owners, and then vote on the winner.
The businesses are: The Red House, a co-working space in Fort Bragg; Ande, a footwear company in Fort Bragg; The Forest People, which makes organic mushroom jerky in Boonville; Are We Safe Yet?, a cybersecurity company based in Ukiah; and your very own online local news source, The Mendocino Voice!
Each business will present a five minute pitch to the audience, who will then be able to vote on the winners, who are eligible to receive up to $10,000 and other prizes — check out more about the individual competitors here. Tickets to the event are only $10, and you will get to support new businesses starting up here in Mendocino County (including your favorite local news source), as well as enjoy refreshments from Frey Vineyards, the North Coast Brewing Company, and Slam Dunk Pizza.
The event is generously supported by a number of local sponsors, including West Business Development Center, America’s SBDC, The John and Sandra Mayfield Fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Adventist Hospital, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Economic Development and Financing Corporation, Mendocino College, North Coast Brewery, Harvest Market, The John Pack and Linda Francis Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County,the Ukiah, Coast and Willits Chambers of Commerce, The Coast, KOZT, Slam Dunk Pizza, and Frey Vineyards.
The full details about the event from West Business Development Center, which is organizing the competition, are included below. You can buy tickets here, and help select the winners!
STARTUP MENDOCINO FINALISTS ANNOUNCEDPress release from West Center, 8/7/19.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR AUGUST 25th GALA EVENT
Five Finalists Announced:
West Business Development Center is proud to announce the five finalists who will competing for $20,000 in cash prizes at the Startup Mendocino Competition Gala Event August 25th.
Lia Wilson & Scarlett Trillia
The Red House
Brian Newell & Jennifer Anderson
The Forest People
Organic mushroom jerky
Are We Safe Yet?
Kate Maxwell & Adrian Fernandez Baumann
The Mendocino Voice
Each business will give a five-minute live pitch in front of the theater audience and the audience will vote on who gets to take home the prizes.
Learn more about the finalists here.
Tickets on Sale
For those who want to have a hand in determining who wins Startup Mendocino, tickets for the August 25th Competition Gala Event are now on sale. Every audience member will have a chance to cast their vote for which business they think is worthy of the grand prize. Tickets are $10 and include, food and beverages from Frey Organic Vineyards, North Coast Brewery, Slam Dunk Pizza as well as family-friendly entertainment.
Tickets are on sale here
and here: www.startuptix.org
What: Startup Mendocino Competition Gala Event
When: Sunday, August 25th from 3 to 6 pm
Where: Mendocino College Theater, Ukiah
Media contact: West Business Development Center, (707) 238-2108
Startup Mendocino is a Business Bootcamp and Pitch Competition is designed to spark new thinking about what is possible in Mendocino County through entrepreneurship. Startup Mendocino is sponsored by the West Business Development Center, America’s SBDC, The John and Sandra Mayfield Fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Adventist Hospital, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Economic Development and Financing Corporation, Mendocino College, North Coast Brewery, Harvest Market, The John Pack and Linda Francis Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County,the Ukiah, Coast and Willits Chambers of Commerce, The Coast, KOZT, Slam Dunk Pizza, and Frey Vineyards.
Startup Mendocino is supported by the Small Business Administration and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business & Economic Development.
West Business Development Center is an SBDC and offers free one-on-one business advising and low-cost workshops to business from one to 100 in Mendocino County. http://www.westcenter.org
To sign up for free business advising go here: https://www.westcenter.org/getting-started