What is the SICC Expo?
What is the SICC Expo?
SICC connects startup companies to sources of capital and investors to emerging companies. Held in Monterey, California, the Expo serves Monterey Bay regional and West Coast companies.
Now in its fifth year as the region’s largest showcase of emerging companies, Startup Investment & Community Capital Expo connects local companies with an audience of venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their business. The event features speakers and panels on capital sources and funding success stories, and networking to connect the Monterey Bay startup community.
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SICC is hosted by:
Startup Monterey Bay (SMB) supports entrepreneurs, innovators and the startup community in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. In addition to hosting SICC, SMB hosts entrepreneurship events, competitions, workshops, training modules, information about local resources, and opportunities to connect and network. This is a great region in which to live and work and we want to enable local entrepreneurs, innovators and startups to be able to succeed in this region.
Startup Monterey Bay hosts a Startup Weekend each January. Startup Weekend is an intense weekend of working together to develop participants’ business ideas into strong business proposals.
The annual Startup Challenge new venture competition engages student and community entrepreneurs in developing and pitching their businesses. The Challenge provides training and coaching on business development and helps entrepreneurs progress toward a successful launch.
The Startup Launchpad provides mentoring and entrepreneur education to help entrepreneurs succeed in establishing and growing their businesses. Launchpad works with student and community businesses of all types, including nonprofit startups.
Startup Monterey Bay is a project of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED). The iiED is an institute in the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay dedicated to regional economic stewardship.
Slow Money Northern California is a network of investors and entrepreneurs who seek to seed, nurture, and grow a local economy based on principles of collaborative knowledge sharing, mutually reinforcing relationships, community participation, fairness, diversity and sustainability. The organization is dedicated to creating the space and opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses, create partnerships, and tap into resources that will help them build productive, ecologically friendly enterprises. This is accomplished through convening entrepreneurs and aligned investors in our Food Funded and other showcase events, participation in the investor group SOIL (Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally) and promoting educational events to inspire local investing.
About the Slow Money Movement
Building local food systems is one of the most direct, powerful ways to begin addressing critical challenges of our time—climate change, health, community resilience. Since 2010, over $79 million has been invested in organic farms and food enterprises, via dozens of local Slow Money groups around the country.