We were blown away the first time when community businesses jumped at the opportunity to support the first Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire. The second time around, when some of the same sponsors showed their enthusiasm for the event by eagerly offering help again, we are completely floored. For this year’s fair, we are delighted to announce an increasingly long list of corporate, community and media sponsors who are signing up for sponsorship.




Our lead sponsor is Santa Cruz-based Plantronics,  a global leader in audio communications solutions for businesses and consumers. Plantronics has pioneered new trends in audio technology, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. Last year, Plantronics sent a high profile messenger to the Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire Makers’ Mixer. Now CEO Joe Burton spoke last year of Plantronics’ long lasting technological innovation and making tradition aligning common goals with the Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire. This year, Plantronics has pushed its support by becoming a lead sponsor. 



Gateway School is an independent school in Santa Cruz whose mission is to inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship. Gateway School is hosting the Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire on the beautiful campus by the Pacific Ocean and members of the staff and parent volunteers along with community volunteer have been organizing the Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire since its first edition in 2016.


Maker Media is a global platform for connecting Makers with each other, with products and services, and with Make’s partners. Through media, events and e-commerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of Makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, Makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education.


SCMODThe mission of the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery is to delight, inspire and challenge by providing an exciting and interactive learning environment in which children and their adults can explore the wonders of Santa Cruz County. The SCCMOD is located in the Capitola Mall.


Santa Cruz Tech Beat is considered to be the heartbeat of tech in the Santa Cruz community. It’s a news digest — and so much more — events, jobs, thought leadership, resources, a business catalog — for folks who want to know and share what’s up in the Santa Cruz technology community. Santa Cruz Tech Beat also provides stewardship for legacy news, posts, articles, and information. Members of the community to share links, blog posts, articles, news tips, etc.


 The City of Santa Cruz’s Office of Economic Development is a go-to resource for all business needs in Santa Cruz. From guiding new business in setting up shop, to navigating the permit process, or helping large-scale infrastructure projects, the office is passionate about supporting a flourishing local economy.


Bay Photo

Bay Photo provides professional photographers around the world with the highest quality photo printing and customer service. Bay Photo offers a wide variety of creative and innovative products to help individuals and organizations excel at their business. Bay Photo’s full range of products and services include exceptional Photographic Prints, Press Printed Products, MetalPrints, ThinWraps, Canvas Gallery Wraps, and so much more.

Established in 1977, Community Printers serves a wide range of business, educational, governmental and nonprofit organizations with high quality commercial printing. With thirty employees working two shifts a day, Community Printers is the largest printer in Santa Cruz County. CP offers assistance in printing projects with their 1, 2 & 5 color offset presses, digital color printers as well as their wide format printer. The team at CP are especially proud of their long history of community involvement, social activism and commitment to environmentally friendly printing

A local favorite and a true Santa Cruz tradition, Pleasure Pizza East Side Eatery & The Original Pleasure Pizza offers traditional as well as new and exciting tastes and textures guaranteed to please every palette. Owner and chef Derek Rupp just won two awards at the Boardwalk’s annual Chowder Cook-off contest, and he’s a multiple award winner in the Chili Cook-off contest too!

This MeetUp is for Santa Cruz professionals who want to learn about stimulating new technologies that can give your company a competitive edge, boost your career, and spark the flame of entrepreneurship in our community. Present, Learn, Network, Invent, and keep high tech businesses growing in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz New Tech Meet-up happens on the first Wednesday of every month.

 Buoy, made by Calliope, is a smart water device that measures and categorizes all household water use, including showers, toilets, dishwashers, and outdoor irrigation. Buoy’s free app generates real-time usage information, detects potentially harmful leaks, and enables remote/automatic water shutoff. With data and resources easily available, Buoy users can learn about energy efficient appliances, the best practices of water use, and more.  The company is a true Santa Cruz startup success story! Buoy is sponsoring the Maker Mixer and co-founder Keri Waters will be the keynote speaker at the Maker Mixer on April 26th.


Cruzio, established in 1989, connects businesses and residences around Santa Cruz County and parts of the Bay Area with multi-gigabit fiber internet, business-grade wireless internet, and other internet and web services. Their headquarters in downtown Santa Cruz serve as an IXP and data center, with colocation, flexible office space and co-working for startups and small businesses.

KAZU 90.3 is NPR for the Monterey Bay Area. Located on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay, KAZU is the Monterey Bay Area’s source for news and information.


 As the largest circulation newspaper in one of the most spectacular counties in America, Monterey County Weekly has long been recognized for its thoughtful, provocative and engaging coverage of news, arts and entertainment. Founded in 1988, the newspaper has received scores of California and national newspaper awards over the past 25 years. The mission of the Weekly is to inspire independent thinking and conscious action, etc.


The Santa Cruz Sentinel, serving Santa Cruz County since 1856, provides local communities with news about the things that matter to them. Enterprise, feature, and breaking news stories can be found at www.SantaCruzSentinel.com. The Sentinel also has the most robust event calendar in the county.


The Santa Cruz Experience is a locally owned and operated provider of guided tours in Santa Cruz county. They are deeply committed to the sustainable growth of local business and tourism and are dedicated to sharing what this wonderful area has to offer, in a responsible manner, always with the objective of preservation, not exploitation. Their goal is to share their extensive local knowledge of Santa Cruz and its unique range of activities, regional history and burgeoning viticulture scene with locals and tourists from all walks of life.


Wave Crest Development, Inc. is one of the largest, locally owned property developers in Santa Cruz County. Committed to providing tenants with top quality, office, industrial, commercial and residential space at competitive rates, Wave Crest gives tenants the ability to satisfy their growing business needs


There is still time to become a sponsor. See the sponsorship page to find out how.  

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