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Announcing the 2016 Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Kick Off Event

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Winners of the 2015 StartUp Cup Business Model Competition Announced

Cupertino, CA – The top three winning business models have been announced from those who first submitted their business model ideas to the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition in April.

The First Place Winner is AkwaMag, PBC

AkwaMag’s products soften water at half the cost of traditional salt softeners, generate no harmful waste, and require zero maintenance. We perfected manufacturing and shipped products across the US with great feedback. Our products are available for purchase at

The Second Place Winner SoundFit, LLC

SoundFit sells an affordable, high precision, easy to use desktop 3D scanning service. The SugarCube 3D scanner creates printable 3D models that manufacturers use to create custom fit ear tips for music headsets, BlueTooth devices, hearing aids, and custom hearing protection.

The Third Place Winner is PlayCause

PlayCause empowers athletes to give back to the causes and communities that matter to them. Through our mobile and web platform, athletes solicit donations based on the stats they earn in games. Play for more with PlayCause.


This was the forth year for the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup, part of a growing global network of StartUp Cup Business Model Competitions.

“Working with these entrepreneurs has not only been a great pleasure, it has been an extremely satisfying and rewarding experience to see that growth that has taken place over a 7-month period.”

Alice Fenton, Organizer Silicon Valley StartUp Competition

The StartUp Cup Business Model Competition process was born in Silicon Valley and proven in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the past seven years. The competition has been fine-tuned based upon feedback from participating entrepreneurs, judges, coaches, entrepreneurial services providers, and community leaders.

For more information about the Silicon ValleyStartUp Cup Business Model Competition and resource information, visit

The Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition is sponsored by:

City of Cupertino, County of Santa Clara, Erik’s DeliCafe of Cupertino, Heritage Bank of Commerce, KT Urban, Pacific Workplaces, and The Hills of Vallco

StartUp Cup Awards Celebration


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Cupertino, CA – Seven entrepreneurs have advanced to the final round of the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. On October 28th the seven finalists will present a two-minute pitch to the panel of local StartUp Cup judges.

The seven finalists are: Tuyen Vo – AkwaMag, Jason Williams – Car Doc, Wallace Chane – Metis Real Estate, Anesh Tilwani – NIR Vision, Kalpana Aroda – Notedskills, Peter Joseph Lee – PlayCause, Ben Simon-Thomas – SoundFit

Before the final presentation round on October 28th, the seven finalists will receive specialized coaching in two main areas: business model and pitching techniques. This coaching will connect them to resources and expertise to help polish their business model and pitching skills for the final round of judging.

The top three winners will be announced during the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition Celebration that will be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the Quinlan Center in Cupertino on November 19, 2015. Our Judges and Coaches will donate the coaching hours that will be awarded. We are looking forward to growing the cash prizes for future competitions. The first place winner will receive 25 hours of coaching and $2,000. The second place winner will receive 15 hours of coaching and $1,000. The third place winner will receive 10 hours of coaching and $500.

Sponsors of the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition are: The City of Cupertino, The County of Santa Clara, Erik’s Deli, Heritage Bank of Commerce,

KT Urban, Pacific Workplaces, and Vallco Shopping Mall. For more information about the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition and Resource Information, please visit the Website at

About StartUp Cup

StartUp Cup is a local grassroots business model competition open to any idea. It is a proven model to build businesses and create jobs. Its objective is to launch more than 50 local competitions resulting in a growth of 150 viable businesses with more than 20,000 jobs every year. Visit for more information.

Access to Capital Lender’s Fair

Hello everyone,

 As part of the San Mateo Small Business Development Center community, I would like to invite each of you to help promote/attend our Access to Capital Lender’s Fair, Wednesday, July 29th 8 am – 12:30 pm.

 This Fair has a line-up of many financial institutions and funding sources that can help companies of any sizes with their capital needs. We recognize that every business is unique and your situation deserves the attention of a banker/funder who listens and shows willingness to help.

 Please forward and share with all business owners whom you think can benefit from attending.

 Go to and enter our SPECIAL PROMO CODE “SBDC”  to get in for free!!

 Hope to see some of you there.


Jenny C. Huang

Silicon Valley SBDC Business Advisor

Santa Clara County District 5 Lead

2015 Business Models moving to Presentation Round

Cupertino, CA – We have selected the 2015 business models that will move on to the next round of the Silicon ValleyStartUp Cup Business Model Competition. One of them will win first place and all will receive priceless advice from local coaches and judges throughout the competition.

“Our coaches enabled us to see the many different ways we could use our business model. Today we are able to take our model into discussions about our marketing strategy, about out pricing, about our software architecture, and make it a living viable tool to market our business.”  Nancy McKereghan, Tangerine+, 1st Place Winner, 2013 Silicon Valley StartUp Cup.

The 2015 Business Models are:

Akwamag,PBC, Arihant, Big Solo, Boostlearn, BreakFree Technologies, CPA, GeorgieBoy, Gotus Export International,  J.T.Williams, LuckyKidz, Metis, NIR Vision, Nirvana,, Parknav, PlayCause, SoundFit, Swollink, and TravelPaq.

The entrepreneurs will present their business model and give a seven-minute pitch to a panel of judges in the first round on June 24 and 25, 2015. At the end of the first round, the judges will identify the Top 12 and advance them to the Semi-final Round. The 12 semi-finalists will then work with coaches who will offer resources and expertise to help the entrepreneurs polish their business models and pitching techniques.

In the Final Round of judging, seven finalists will compete for first place, which will be announced during Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW) on November 19th at an Award Ceremony and Celebration held at Quinland Community Center in Cupertino. The Silicon Valley StartUp Business Model Competition is a featured event of GEW.


Sponsors of the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition are:

The City of Cupertino, Focus Business Bank, The County of Santa Clara, Pacific Workplaces, Erik’s DeliCafe of Cupertino, and DingDing TV.

Deadline for submissions has been extended!

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Shoutout from Supervisor Ken Yeager


Submissions are Open!


10 Reasons to enter

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Our StartUp Cup Judges

Our StartUp Cup Judges Tressa Williams, Kevin McClelland, Bruce Knopf, Waleed Fahmy and Bill Claggett during the Sept. 10th Judging Session at CreaTV. At the end of the day the judges selected the 6 Finalists to continue on in the StartUp Cup Competition.1st.Judges-2