January New Tech Photos

A little more than 100 people braved the rain and flooding to attend the first Santa Cruz Works New Tech of 2023. Eight companies presented their truly inspirational journeys, their visions for the year, and open job positions. We will post videos for each company next week. Meanwhile, enjoy a few happy faces from the night. Our board member Drew Meyer could not attend but sent 2 photos from Antarctica where he and his family of explorers are on vacation.

Presenting Companies

  • Ambient Photonics: Ambient has developed a first-of-its-kind low light energy harvesting photovoltaic (PV) technology that generates more than three times the power of conventional indoor PV technologies from a broader spectrum of indoor and outdoor ambient light.

  • Climatize: Climatize provides investments in climate projects that potentially support underrepresented communities from as little as $5.

  • Cruz Foam: Backed by star investors like Leonardo Dicaprio and Ashton Kutcher, Cruz Foam is a sustainable packaging company that aims to replace single-use plastic with solutions made from natural materials that would otherwise go to waste.

  • Innovation Within: Innovation Within's Discovery Platform™ is designed to help entrepreneurs create groundbreaking, viral products based on qualitative research and the scientific method.

  • Joby Aviation: Joby is developing an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) that has partnerships with NASA, Toyota, U.S. Air Force, Intel, Uber, and has achieved the Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate, which allows Joby to operate a commercial air taxi service.

  • Parallel Flight Technologies: Parallel Flight provides heavy lift and long-range beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) applications across multiple industrial logistics.

  • Paystand: Paystand uses blockchain and cloud technology to create a more open financial system, starting with B2B payments.

  • Zero Motorcycles: Zero produces high-performance electric motorcycles that are lightweight, efficient, fast off the line and fun to ride. Each motorcycle is optimized from the ground up to leverage the revolutionary Z-Force® electric powertrain and uses a specially designed rigid, aircraft-grade aluminum frame to minimize weight.