Santa Cruz Accelerates is a small, scrappy technology accelerator that aims to support early-stage startups in Santa Cruz County to scale and grow, and attract funding. We run Lean and encourage our portfolio companies to do the same. We support women and minority founders, and focus on nurturing viable Biotech, Transportation Tech, Agtech, IoT, and Creative Technologies startups. We are launching our first cohort of companies in Spring 2017 - so if you are a startup entrepreneur and want to build your business in Santa Cruz, keep reading! Apply by March 15 to start in June 2017.
Through a local partnership with Santa Cruz Works, the Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County (WDB) is bringing the technology sector together to identify workforce needs and to develop solutions. Key technology industry sector leaders have identified, anecdotally, talent shortages to fill need in the local labor market. The goal of the Technology Sector Initiative is to identify what the key opportunities and actions in the sector are. A key strategy to identifying gaps and building solutions, in addition to using available data on the local labor market, will be implementing and facilitating a series of meeting with key technology sector partners. The Tech Sector Initiative launches in April 2017.