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Santa Cruz Works was founded in 2012 as an umbrella organization for the entire local entrepreneurial ecosystem. The mission: to make Santa Cruz County a great place to start, sustain, and grow businesses—not exclusive to technology. A healthy ecosystem is composed of educational institutions where business and new technologies are taught, assistance from local government like Santa Cruz Economic Development, co-working & accelerators where entrepreneurs can develop their ideas and skills, event organizations like “meetups,” successful businesses where there are jobs and mentors, and venture capital to seed new businesses.

Created August 5, 2021, Updated February 21, 2024