TechRaising 2018

Participants will gather on a Friday evening and have 90 seconds to pitch their idea for a product, service or company to the group. After pitches everyone will break out, discuss their ideas and form teams to build the idea. The goal is to have something to demo or launch at the end of the weekend. 

The Santa Cruz Tech community has grown a lot since our last event and it feels time to come together once again to explore ideas and expand start building them. We’ve had great success in the past — lets do it again!

If you have an idea for a startup or be part of a startup team, this is the event for you.

Teams should consist of at least one developer, one designer, and one business development marketing person but can be as large as necessary. Feel free to talk to others about your ideas beforehand, refine them, get buy in, and please come with the intention of embracing others.

Cross team collaboration is promoted and facilitated. This will be a learning event and a way to interact with, promote, and nourish the community of entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz.

Mentors will interact with teams, discuss key issues that all startups encounter — legal, design, PR and promotion, getting early adopters and customers, fundraising team building, and business model — and share their experience and ideas.

This is an opportunity to brainstorm with others who have done it before and iterate on your ideas and products.

You come and build and we provide from awesome local restaurants and vendors —  the whole weekend long. Come and build we’ll make sure you’re well fed and thirst quenched.

Let’s join together for a weekend and create things that will demonstrate that we are a thriving entrepreneurial community that is not only talking but also doing.

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Past Mentors

Margaret Rosas

Director of Customer Love

Margaret connects people to each other and to ideas, exposing previously unforeseen possibilities. Her toolkit includes user interface, user experience, brand identity, social media, search engine optimization, and web protocols.

Nadine Schaeffer

UX Director, Designer & Organic Farmer

Over 20 years experience in the software world, focusing on building and leading teams to create usable and enjoyable user experiences.

Lloyd Tabb

Founder, Chairman & CTO - Looker

Lloyd Tabb spent the last 25 years revolutionizing how the world uses the internet and, by extension, data.

Jose Caballer


Jose is the co-founder of The Skool, an education company that teaches solopreneurs, design agencies and statups how to collaborate, execute and thrive in the digital economy.

Craig Vachon


Craig Vachon wrote his first business plan at 12 years old, sold his first company at 25 years old, and has been a relentless entrepreneur/angel investor ever-since.

Peter Jennings

Entrepreneur and Investor

High technology entrepreneur and investor with 30 years experience in Silicon Valley, Canada and Europe. Founder Gavilan Corporation, designed and marketed the first notebook computer.


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