We are absolutely thrilled to announce the five finalists who went on to compete at our Startup Mendocino Pitch Gala Competition on August 25th. Below each of the finalists share what their next steps are and how they plan to use the prize money awarded.

Learn what comes next for each finalist below.



Lama Nasser-Gammett 

The Forest People

Organic mushroom jerky




Brian Newell & Jennifer Anderson 


Clog footwear

Fort Bragg



Tom Jacobson 

Are We Safe Yet?





Kate Maxwell & Adrian Fernandez Baumann 

The Mendocino Voice

News outlet




Lia Wilson & Scarlett Trillia 

The Red House

Co-working Space

Fort Bragg

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, Ukiah Chambers of Commerce, Mendocino Coast Chambers of Commerce 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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