Launchpad 2023 – Explore the Possibilities at the 6th Annual Job Fair and Pitch Competition


 | April 25, 2023

SANTA CRUZ, California, April 24, 2023 – The 6th Annual Launchpad is fast approaching, and it’s sure to be bigger and better than ever before! Held on May 25, 2023, this event is a great way for individuals of all skill levels and interests to explore their potential.

This year’s Launchpad will bring together top local employers with job seekers and students, providing an opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most innovative companies in the region. The event combines an exciting student business plan competition with $50,000 in cash prizes, plus a community job fair with 30+ local companies offering jobs from all industries and experience levels.

“The 6th annual Launchpad is not just the largest gathering of top local companies, but a gateway to a world of opportunity and aspiration, where skills and interests meet demand,” remarks Doug Erickson, Santa Cruz Works.

Past participating companies included: Joby Aviation, Amazon, PayStand, Looker/Google, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Ambient Photonics, Cruz Foam, Digital NEST, Bay Federal Credit Union, Unnatural Products, Santa Cruz Seaside Company, Digital NEST, Zero Motorcycles, and more. Employers of all industries are welcome to table at this event.

“This collaborative partnership between SC Works, UCSC & Cabrillo is creating an opportunity for our students to engage with local employers and build employability skills while working with business mentors,” said Desha Staley-Raatior with Cabrillo College.

Whether you are looking for your dream job or trying to find the perfect candidate for your team – don’t miss out on this amazing event! Take advantage of all the resources available at the 6th Annual Launchpad – register today!

Event hosts include: Santa Cruz Works, UCSC CIED, UCSC Innovation & Business Hub, City of Santa Cruz Economic Development, Cabrillo College, Blackstone LaunchPad, and Lookout Santa Cruz.

Event details can be found at:


About Santa Cruz Works

Santa Cruz Works is a 17-year old nonprofit focused on growing the tech ecosystem in Santa Cruz and Monterey. For more information about Santa Cruz Works, visit

For further information please contact:

Doug Erickson, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Works,

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