We had an incredible outpouring of more than 82 applications for Startup Mendocino. More than ever, people are demonstrating that innovation, dedication to community and ideas involving sustainability, and new products and services abound here in our County. 

Now it’s time to meet the 12 who will compete for a chance to pitch their idea at the August 25th Gala. We hope you will follow their journey and join us Sunday, August 25th at the Mendocino College Theater in Ukiah $10 for a ticket ensures you a vote to determine the fate of the final five. Buy your ticket here.



Brian Newell, Footwear design



Lee White, Herbal tea product



Tom Jacobson, Technology services



Daniel & Anna Jordan, Defensible space projects



Lama Nasser, Organic food product



Michelle LaMarr, Holistic wellness center



Lia Wilson & Scarlett Trillia , Co-working space



Jenny Burnstad & Colin Gillespie, Natural Building Arts and Innovation Center



Alberto Alcado, Mobile tech repair



Kate Maxwell, Online newspaper



Zach & April Hughes, Commercial alcoholic beverage



Sarah Brownstone, Organic Chicken farm

Tickets for the Startup Mendocino Competition Gala Are Now on Sale

This family-friendly event takes place in Ukiah at the Mendocino College theater on August 25th. Tickets are $10 and include beer, wine, refreshments, local food and prizes — and most importantly, a chance to cast your vote to determine who will win the grand prize for Startup Mendocino. Click here to buy tickets now.

Startup Mendocino is a Business Bootcamp and Pitch Competition 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 Economic Development 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, and the Ukiah, Coast and Willits Chambers of Commerce and The Coast – KOZT, and the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity.

Startup Mendocino is supported by the Small Business Administration and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business & Economic Development.

As always, to sign up for free business advising from WestBDC go here


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