New Incubator Startup Sandbox Targets Emerging Biotech Scene

Date: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Author: 
CALVIN MEN

BY CALVIN MEN POSTED ON DECEMBER 12, 2017

Three weeks ago, Josh Schwochert and Cameron Pye were working on their startup out of garages and coffee shops.

The two recent chemistry graduates from UCSC’s doctoral program were living the startup life—rubbing elbows at mixers in search of connections, pitching potential investors and working wherever Wifi was available. At coffee shops, Schwochert would answer his cell phone and say he was in his office, eliciting laughter from the baristas.

Now, they’ve moved into a cubicle at Startup Sandbox, an incubator space on Santa Cruz’s Westside. Less than a year old, Sandbox is a nonprofit funded by the university, geared toward recruiting biotech companies in Santa Cruz and across the greater Monterey Bay region.

Incubators and accelerators like this one aren’t a new concept. Silicon Valley is full of programs geared toward helping startups create business plans, develop products and pitch to investors.

 

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