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Students to pitch viable ideas for positive environmental change

By Jennifer Pittman

November 16, 2016 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: Undergraduate student Vernon Coleman, left, joins in a pitch workshop held recently. Credit: Yin Wu)

The first Startup Weekend Santa Cruz for Sustainable Solutions & Social Impact, Nov 18–20, is just one of more than 200 events happening in November as part of Global Startup Weekend.

At the opening of Startup Weekend Santa Cruz—an upcoming three-day competition to create a sustainable startup—students, entrepreneurs, and activists will gather in downtown Santa Cruz to share ideas for commercially viable ventures that have positive social and environmental impacts.

Then, with just 54 hours to merge into teams, give life to their budding concepts, develop strategies, and prepare presentations to the community, things really start happening.

“Anyone who’s passionate about sustainability or having a social impact is invited,” said Jacqueline “Jax” Puliatti, a fourth year environmental studies major and a graphic artist at the UCSC Sustainability Office, which is cosponsoring the event along with local and regional companies, organizations, and economic development agencies.

The first Startup Weekend Santa Cruz for Sustainable Solutions & Social Impact, Nov. 18–20, is just one of more than 200 events happening in November as part of Global Startup Weekend. Independent events, held internationally, are expected to draw together more than 15,000 entrepreneurs and mentors to create commercial ventures.

Continue reading article here: http://news.ucsc.edu/2016/11/startup-weekend.html

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