Santa Cruz Accelerates is a small, scrappy technology accelerator that aims to support early-stage startups achieve viability in Santa Cruz County. 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 Technology startups. We are currently accepting applications for September 2017 start date.
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.