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Resources for Startups

Santa Cruz Works has a legacy of bringing together people to innovate. From the startups founded at our monthly New Tech events, to VC funding and resources provided to accelerate founders to the next level, we connect startups with opportunities for success. Below we list some of the resources and organizations that help our tech community thrive. If you would like to list your organization here, apply at Santa Cruz Tech Resources Partner. Contact us if you would like a personal 1:1 introductions to our partners, or more information about the resources listed on this page.


Our favorite is Santa Cruz Venture Fund. Here are additional qualified funding resources:

Business Development

  • Alright Co: full-service finance and accounting services for small to mid-size business + non-profits.

  • Bill Richter Law: formalize your startup with all of the legal paperwork and knowledge you need.

  • City of Santa Cruz Economic Development: for help locating office space, business license, navigating local policies, and more.

  • California Manufacturing Technology Consulting: Santa Cruz Works is the first organization in California to partner with CMTC to help local businesses through the health and economic crisis. Let us know how we can help you.

  • Greater Zurich Area: supporting business expansion into Europe

  • IP Society: got a brilliant product that needs a patent? Patrick Reilly has got you covered.

  • LeBaron Consulting: leadership coaching, consulting, how to convey with conviction.

  • Monterey Bay Economic Partnership: consists of public, private and civic entities located throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, united in the vision to increase prosperity and enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

  • Petrinovich Pugh & Co (PP&Co): Client Accounting Services, including monthly and quarterly financial management reports that add value and create the clarity and precision needed to make informed and timely financial decisions. Servicing small to midsize businesses, and focus in the real estate, technology and service industries. Custom, remote, and full-service.

  • RDConcepts: Business Development for local quickturn engineering and product development companies. Core competencies are design, development, engineering services, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, testing, and fulfillment.

  • Santa Cruz County Business Council: is a privately-funded, not-for-profit organization working to support economic and community vitality for Santa Cruz County. Areas of Focus. Government Affairs & Economic Development.

  • Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce: promoting business vitality throughout the region.

  • Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center: a premier hub of experts experienced in mainstreet, techstreet, and agribusiness. Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs receive in-depth advising and training to obtain capital, launch businesses, grow sales, and create jobs.  Experience where businesses start, grow and prosper.

  • Soquel Group: a full-service patent agency that specializes in patent prosecution and intellectual property transactions.

  • Stoel Rives / John Pavolostsky: focusing on data privacy/security and technology transactions.

  • Wynn Capital: guidance on how to invest and save your hard earned business dollars.

Co-working Space

  • Cruzio: for startups as well as established companies who need remote offices, data center, fibre, internet service - a full-service independent internet company.

  • Pacific Workspaces / NextSpace: for startups as well as established companies who need remote offices.

  • Startup Sandbox: providing bioscience entrepreneurs business training and an incubator where they launch their companies and productize their research.


Web, Social Media, IT

  • Big Deep Digital - websites, brands and strategy for mission driven ventures, projects & people.

  • Cassie Blom Creative - marketing strategy and execution for nonprofits and small businesses who need to thrive, and provide pivotal strategic partnerships.

  • CloudBrigade - full service IT organization that has been the backbone of the Santa Cruz tech community.

  • Donna Melger Design - a product designer who builds and solves problems by creating experiences that customers love. Bringing revenue generating experiences to companies by providing engaging products to consumers worldwide.

  • GetVirtual - this program offers small businesses assistance with their websites and social media campaigns, while giving students college credit for their help.

  • productOps - full service IT organization, focus on data management and strategic growth.

  • Studio Holladay - next-generation, high-touch brand agency.

Additional Resources

Kenji Tabery, Co-Founder, Urbavore

Santa Cruz Works helped us refine our pitch and validate our ag-tech business model, which helped us secure new business partnerships. We are grateful for the mentorship support SCW cultivated from the coastal tech community.

Cindi Busenhart, Owner MERGE4

We presented MERGE4 when Guy Kawasaki was the keynote speaker. Guy has helped us open doors we never thought we would open!

Lara Bezich, Founder Pretty Boxes

Santa Cruz Works has been instrumental in helping my business move to the next level. The support and resources they shepherd for the good of this community is invaluable.