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The Ecosystem of Santa Cruz Startups

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National Ranking
39th
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Regional Ranking
45th
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Global Ranking
113th
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4
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top industries
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Social & Leisure
#31 worldwide
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Education
#164 worldwide
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Health
#185 worldwide

notable startups
startup iconLooker
startup iconZero Motorcycles
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The Startup Ecosystem of Santa Cruz is ranked at number 113 globally, and shows a negative momentum decreasing -4 spots since 2021. Santa Cruz also ranks at number 39 in United States, and 45 in North America.

Santa Cruz is an ideal place to locate for Social & Leisure, Education and Health startups. As the most popular industries in Santa Cruz, there is a sample of 8 Social & Leisure startups in Santa Cruz, 8 Education startups in Santa Cruz, and 5 Health startups in Santa Cruz, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is also a sample of 8 startups in Santa Cruz, no accelerators in Santa Cruz, 1 coworking spaces in Santa Cruz, no organizations in Santa Cruz and no leaders in Santa Cruz.

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Looker makes software that makes it easy for non-technical users to access, manipulate, export, and "look" at any size data, all within a web browser, without writing any code or SQL. Looker is taking on the enterprise software giants with a browser-based tool that customers love to use. Read more
Zero Motorcycles specializes in producing lightweight electric motorcycles. Read more
SupplyShift is a supply chain sustainability platform that offers supply chain solutions for customers and businesses. Read more
Murj is a digital health company working on a solution for cardiac care. Read more
Datsusara produces a high-end line of gear and apparel originally targeted at the MMA community, but now expanding to all active lifestyles from Crossfit to Yoga. Datsusara's products are hemp based which has many advantages over traditional materials. 1. Hemp is Anti-Microbial Hemp kills the growth of fungi and bacteria including Staph (Staphylococcus Aureus) which is a major concern in gyms especially. 2. Hemp is Strong Hemp is the world's strongest natural fiber. It's tensile strength is 4X that of cotton. 3. Hemp Breathes Hemp wicks moisture away from the body as it absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, thus allowing the fabric to "breathe" (keeping you well ventilated). 4. Hemp is Sustainable Hemp crops require little or no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers. Our customer service is top notch and customer retention is excellent. We also have a strong message of independence and critical thinking that our customers resonate with strongly. Read more
A collection of unique work+play accommodations that cater to the growing community of entrepreneurs, business travelers. Read more
Rent the Backyard builds studio apartments in Bay Area backyards and rents them out. Read more
PredPol predicts crime using cloud software technology that identifies the highest risk times and places in near real-time. Read more
Benevolently are on a mission to create more Empathy and Kindness in the world. Read more
Hara Flow creates health supplements with beneficial plant medicine. Read more
A science based enterprise cloud SaaS solution for performance based stormwater compliance. Read more
SapientX makes white-label software to add voice and intelligence to technology products.  Read more
Asylum Labs was created to focus on the mobile social casino market. Our lead product, Wild Party Casino is a suite of games with a unique twist. Our titles appeal to both traditional 'gambling game' players as well as a wider audience interested in something fresh and new. The company's solid mathematical foundations ensure we are poised to 'flip the switch' into real-money wagering. Read more
EDGE Mobile Payments is new Fintech company developing the EDGE Card, an all-in-one payment card with a full AMOLED touchscreen. Read more
Parallel Flight Technologies is developing drone technology that saves lives, property, and the environment. Read more
Nucleos produces e-learning solutions for learners involved in justice and corrections. Read more
When browsing business profiles on Google+, Yelp, Foursquare, Wanderfly, Foodspotting or any other company that provides profiles, you see excellent written and photo reviews but no video reviews. Vevue, with its API, plans to change this. Vevue users create 31 second video reviews of their location. When browsing eBay listings you will see many listings that have 1-12+ photos with detailed descriptions. Vevue and its partnership with eBay listing App Minute List It, plan to change this. Starting September 2013 eBay sellers will be able to record 31 second video descriptions of their items. Vevue makes money through monetizing each video with ads. Soon Vevue will tether to Google Glass! Minute List It http://www.minutelistit.com/ Vevue Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vevues YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/goVevue Web Store https://plus.google.com/116835472086550501329/about?gl=us&hl=en  Read more
minds.ai is a full service artificial intelligence consultancy with expertise in deep learning strategy and development. Read more
Secure, cloud-based enterprise sustainability management platform for companies with many suppliers to reduce risk and enhance sustainability in supply chains. Key benefits: System to collect supply chain sustainability information Enable buyers to flexibly analyze this information Incentivize competition among suppliers Facilitate supplier sustainability improvement through information sharing Expand buyer options for sustainable sourcing Improve data quality and reduce metric confusion Read more
Returnity is the pioneer and market leader in reusable shipping boxes, bags and envelopes for eCommerce and beyond Read more
Ontera develops a hand-held point of use diagnostic platform that examines DNA and RNA, and analytes from any life form. Read more
ThoughtFull Toys is the inventor and creator of unique toy car products. Read more
Emboline is a medical device company with a game-changing device for total embolic protection during percutaneous heart valve repair. Read more
dfusion, a team of scientists and innovators, develops technology to promote evidence-based, health-related behavioral changes. Read more
Vega Energy Systems is a clean energy startup focused on carbon nanotube electrodes for PEM fuel cell technology and more. Read more
Returnity is the pioneer and market leader in reusable shipping boxes, bags and envelopes for eCommerce and beyond Read more
RPRNmag newsmagazine for the entrepreneurs RPRNmag is a California-based business newsmagazine powered by a full-service communications company. We publish original and unique newsworthy stories of interest to entrepreneurs in varied digital and text formats. Our Motto is: “The newsmagazine with business solutions that matter to you” And we intend to be true to it. To discover what we have to offer: Traditional newsmagazines where the readers just read are a thing of the past. That’s where we come in. RPRNmag newsmagazine offers so much more. That is, we’ll accept news stories in various formats and forms: Video Infographics Articles Podcasts (Coming Soon!) Real, Polished, Researched News Read more
passQi provides both an intelligent password management mobile app and a complementary server-side solution called mFactor to implement a proprietary Multi Factor Authentication login for WordPress and other web sites. The app can be used as a stand alone product, or in concert with the mFactor solution. The passQi 2 app provides the highest level of security by storing information exclusively in the user’s smartphone vault, a single tool that goes everywhere. One-time keys securely encrypt relayed information via the cloud, and are never passed through the network or shared with another device. passQi 2 is designed to work seamlessly with nearly any site on the Internet and offers an optional automated TOTP support alternative to Google authenticator. Read more
The site is a social network where pet owners can share, enjoy and comment on photos of pets. In addition, we offer free through partner companies, medals for pet identification. The medals have QR Code and record the position at the time that the QR Code is scanned, informing the owner of the pet's location. Read more
CortControl is an intellectual property and medical foods research corporation. Medical foods is a recently defined formal FDA category, and is an early stage emerging market. Medical foods should not be confused with pharmaceuticals or health-food-stores nutraceuticals. Medical foods must conform to FDA requirements and perform SSA (Significant Scientific Agreement) studies to validate any claims that can be published regarding the products health benefits. Our Mission: To develop superior quality medical foods with patented compounds for the treatment of diseases associated with high levels of the hormone Cortisol. Our vision: We develop market-ready patent protected medical foods to be acquired by companies that wish to manufacture and distribute those medical foods. A market-ready package includes (1) product composition, (2) method of application, (3) intellectual property, and (4) FDA agreement that the product may be legally sold as a Medical Food.  Read more
Yardarm has developed wireless firearm technology for law enforcement, private security and the military. The Yardarm Sensor gives organizations a new level of awareness about what is happening with their officers’ firearms, by connecting them in realtime through the cloud. Commanders are enabled to make informed, split second decisions about events on the ground – decisions that can save lives, help officers in the field do their jobs better, and give crime scene analysis teams necessary information after the smoke has cleared. The Sensor recognizes geo-location, movement, holstering and un-holstering, the discharge of a firearm, as well as direction of fire. These events are transmitted for visual display in real-time to Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC), and edge devices such as smartphone, allowing command to better support officers in the field. Anticipated pricing: $100 for firearm hardware and $10/month access fee to link the firearm to the cloud. Read more
MindQube provides a user-friendly (point and click) way of creating customizable Cloud business applications where customers can use one of the templates already developed or create their own applications. The developed applications, as well as the development platform, reside in the Cloud and can be accessed from anywhere and from any device - including mobile devices. MindQube is pushing the All-in-One model; that is, for an user to have access to ALL the applications and ALL the features, for ONE price. This allows a single user to have access to all the available applications (including the ones built by the customer), all the features, and still pay the monthly fee of $45 per user.  Read more
Aspherical lenses are applied to various imaging applications in industries such as: life science, medical, defense, cameras, scopes, for a wide angle field view. Aspherical lenses replace the need for cementing two lenses together (doublets) eliminating aberration and distortion. Currently, we are focusing our aspherical lenses on customer based applications laser probes for wind measurements, diagnostic detection for glaucoma, shock wave and high pressure research, nanotechnology, deep sea exploration and astronomy. Read more
ITI technology converts a digital communication stream to a graphical medium thereby preventing the possibility for a network and security breach. The conversion to a graphical medium upstream of the end user computing device provides isolation, preventing malicious attacks by viruses and malware threats – there is simply no code conduit to transport such attacks. The Company refers to the technology as Code Domain Isolation or CDI. Read more
The critical success/modest return of our flagship educational app, Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game, begged us to find a solution to a very big problem in mobile ed: How can edugame/app content be standardized for the classroom, across all media platforms, and how can we use e-commerce to drive the value of that content? The answer: ApplTree, a simple, elegant system that "gamifies" content from any source, and is distributed through an iTunes-like ecosystem. The intended impact is nothing short of a transformative movement for education, training, competency evaluation and really, any imaginable context where learning and assessment are a priority. App developers will add a new income stream to their accounts. Academics (or anyone for that matter) will be able to sell their knowledge. Instructors will have unlimited content covering any subject to draw from. Most importantly, students will enjoy learning through game theory, while their progress is evaluated and tracked, in detail. Read more
We are developing a 100% virtual working environment for offices, remote employees and students. We feel that the world is moving progressively more virtual and while there are ways to work remotely, (see VPN, Skype, and Blackboard) none of these are solutions to the problem. We are not hoping to not re-invent the wheel, but make it so people can have the flexibility to work remotely without the disconnect most remote employees/students experience. For Employees we offer a 3d digital environment for them to work. They can log into their company, access the company server, access the company email/calendar, have face to face conversations by clicking the avatar of their co-worker. For Employers we offer the ability for them to track productivity, employee events/calendars, project progress, schedule events and meetings and time spent idle. We will also offer a virtual meeting space where the presenter can either screen share, have a live presentation and field questions.  Read more
Sensors and software to analyze targets in liquids. Breakthrough price / performance for sensing. Sensors are tuned for each client to give optimal results. Read more
Gamrs is a start-up online e-sports platform created to serve the online gaming community with a variety of events for cash and product prizes. Upon receipt of funding, Gamrs will hire a team to develop the highly complex website, and we will begin servicing the competitive e-sports community across the nation. Gamrs will be able to distinguish itself from the competition by offering superior staff support, larger prize payouts, a skill-based competitive system, and an alternative pay structure. Gamrs is committed to becoming the most popular competitive e-sports platform of the nation. By providing an entirely unique competitive platform, Gamrs will be able to build a strong and sustainable customer base that will convert into a profitable revenue stream within 6 months. A trial site was created during October 28 2012 - February 3, 2013 with no funding we managed to attract 7,500 active members from across the nation. Read more
CloudPay is a Mobile Payment Network where 2% of your purchase goes to the nonprofit of your choice. CloudPay is similar to Visa but 70% less expensive (1% vs. 3%). Merchants donate 2% of the purchase to the nonprofit of the customers choice, and data show participants come back more often, and spend more per visit, increasing spending on average 25% at each location. Overall costs to merchants are similar to Visa, (3% vs. 3%). CloudPay increases revenue and profits of local merchants, increases donations for local charities, and builds a valuable social network based on where people spend their money. Also increases local tax revenue due to the local multiplier effect, and ultimately creates more local jobs. Successful pilot had 20k people signup in a town of 80k. Launching Beta in the Fall of 2014 throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Winner HUB Ventures Social Impact Competition. Investors = Village Capital, Good Capital/HUB Ventures, local Angels Read more
rad-labs is the cannabis laboratory. developing and perfecting cutting-edge embedded systems is what we're all about. our vision is of a smarter hydroponic grid... A grow room that can communicate product data to the cloud, while also providing feedback information to growers to automatically detect quality issues before they arise. our solutions scale with the cultivator's needs, as the components can be (individually or system-wide) programmed through a open-source mobile app API. additionally, we offer consultation to new growers through a carefully selected set of leading industry tools combined with our own suite of integrated hardware and software solutions. we have growing down to a science, and we want it to be that simple for everyone! Read more
Civinomics is an online platform that allows anyone to submit, vote on and fund ideas for improving their community. The website functions as a civic portal with built in mechanisms to engage local elected officials and other community leaders, as well as allowing for organizations to manage a funding portfolio of local projects. Civinomics makes it easy for anyone to quickly learn about and contribute to the local things they care about.  Read more
Montessori School, 1st through eighth and swim center. Swim center will provide swim lessons and will be a separate entity. Property is on five acres with great freeway visibility, has a Junior Olympic size swimming pool and is owned. County building permits are ready to be picked up. The site will have a clientele from Montessori Scotts Valley's preschool, ages three through kindergarten. MSV has been a very successful preschool that has been operating for nine years.  Read more
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