We are absolutely thrilled to announce the five finalists who will go on to compete at our Startup Mendocino pitch gala competition August 25th.

On Monday, August 5th, at North Coast Brewery in Fort Bragg, our 12 Startup Mendocino participants competed at a three-hour event before a panel of judges comprising our sponsors and members of the community. These judges were Jim Mayfield, Board Member of The John & Sandra Family Economic Fund of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Scott Yandell, President/CEO, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Ryan Quattlebaum, Financial Officer of Adventist Health, Heather Gurewitz, Excutive Director of Economic Development & Financing Corporation, Jennifer Owen, CFO of North Coast Brewing Company, Jennifer Bosma, Vice President of Harvest Market of Harvest Market, Sharon Davis, CEO of Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, Ron Moorhead, Executive Director/CEO of Willits Chamber Chamber of Commerce, Una Wirkebau, Executive Director of Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce. We’re incredibly grateful to them for their support and time spent with our participants.

These five finalists will present five-minute live pitches onstage at Mendocino College Theater in Ukiah on August 25th. The gala event begins at 3 pm with local food, drink and family-friendly entertainment and the pitches begin at 4 p.m. The audience will vote and decide on who wins the prizes, for a very interactive and fun event.

And now, our five finalists.



Lia Wilson & Scarlett Trillia 

The Red House

Co-working Space

Fort Bragg



Brian Newell & Jennifer Anderson 


Clog footwear

Fort Bragg



Lama Nasser-Gammett 

The Forest People

Organic mushroom jerky




Tom Jacobson 

Are We Safe Yet?





Kate Maxwell & Adrian Fernandez Baumann 

The Mendocino Voice

News outlet


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, 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.

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