Building a Tech Ecosystem

More and more regions are hoping to grow by playing host to a tech scene. And the truth is, almost any region of any size, at this point, probably has at least a small number of startups in it. But there’s a difference between having some startups and really having a viable tech scene.

Some variables that encourage tech ecosystems include: one successful tech company that inspires smaller businesses, access to venture capital, educational institutions with strong tech progress, co-working/ accelerator/ maker spaces, tech reporters, lots of engineers, state of the art internet access and informal leaders. For a thorough description of each variable, please visit our Tech Ecosystem Resource page.

Components of a Tech Ecosystem


Informal Leaders +
Successful Companies
Access To Capital
+       +

Really Fast Internet
    Educational Institutions
+       +

Lots of Engineers
Tech Reporters
+ Coworking/Accelerator/
Maker Spaces


Explore related categories below to understand our existing regional, tech ecosystem related assets:

Tech Ecosystem Data Tracker

Really Fast Internet
Educational Institutions:
Lots of Engineers:


Tech Ecosystem Data Tracker

Our Tech Ecosystem Data Tracker showcases key indicators including:
  • Internet Households
  • Educational Attainment
  • STEM Degrees
  • UC Santa Cruz - Undergraduate Degrees Awarded
  • CSUMB - Undergraduate Degrees Awarded
  • Community Colleges - Undergraduate Degrees Awarded
  • Tech Occupation & wages 
Click here or the image below to begin your dashboard experience. Please note: you can scroll over each graph and click on the "gear" icon to delve further into the data. Dashboard may take a moment to load.


Note: When reporting field of bachelor's degree, the U.S. census includes the following majors as part of S.T.E.M (see census explanation here for more info):
  • Computers, mathematics, and statistics (includes computer science, mathematics, computer and information systems)
  • Biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences (includes biology, general agriculture, animal sciences)
  • Physical and related science (includes chemistry, physics, geology and earth science)
  • Psychology (includes psychology, counseling psychology)
  • Social sciences (includes sociology, economics, anthropology and archeology, political science and government)
  • Engineering (includes mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering)
  • Multidisciplinary studies (includes multidisciplinary or general science, nutrition science, interdisciplinary social sciences)

 Really Fast Internet

Regional Broadband Access

The Central Coast Broadband Consortium provides an interactive map to explore broadband access where you live:

In the link provided, type in your address to find the following information where you live:
  • Fixed Broadband providers
  • Mobile Broadband Providers
  • Satellite Broadband Providers
  • Maximum Advertised Downstream Speed by Technology Type
  • Maximum Advertised Upstream Speed by Technology Type


Internet Speed Access

The National Broadband Map is a searchable and interactive site that allows users to view broadband availability across every neighborhood in the United States.

Please visit the links below to view Internet Speed availability and more for our region: 

Educational Institutions

For additional data on our Educational Institutions in the Monterey Bay Region, please visit our Higher Education & Research page to view data on:
  • Reports and presentations about Higher Education in the Region
  • Higher Education & Research location map
  • College Scorecard provided by U.S. Department of Education
  • Operating Budget by Schools
  • School Enrollment
  • Faculty & Staff by Schools
  • UC Santa Cruz - Profile summary
  • UC Santa Cruz - Student Demographic
  • Community Colleges - Student Headcount
  • Community Colleges - Student Demographics
  • Community Colleges - Student Transfers to UC Schools
  • Community Colleges - Student Transfers to CSU Schools

To view additional data on degrees awarded, please visit UC Santa Cruz's A Bird's Eye View Reports, published annually. A more detailed look on degrees can be found in UC Santa Cruz's degrees conferred data page.

Additional degree data can be found in the The University of California Information Center data page on degrees awarded.

The data dashboard below presents a view on degrees awarded in UC Santa Cruz provided by the University of California Information Center.

To view additional data on CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB), please visit the CSUMB University Factbook page to dive deeper into data on:
To view additional data on Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College and Cabrillo College, please visit the The California Colleges Chancellor's Office Data Mart page to dive deeper into data on:

Lots of Engineers

U.S. Census STEM Majors and Occupations

The core of a vibrant and successful tech ecosystem are STEM majors and STEM occupations. The U.S. Census provides an interactive way to look at the relationship between college majors and occupations on a nationwide basis with a special focus on STEM. The tool also provides an easy way to explore the data by sex and race. Click on the image below to go to the interactive tool.

STEM Degrees in the Monterey Bay Region

As local businesses seek to get in front of their future workforce, it is useful for them to know the sheer numbers of STEM graduates produced by local colleges annually. The below data is provided in order to showcase the number of STEM degrees awarded in the Monterey Bay region for the 2015-2016 year.  This is the most up-to-date data available. 

Please note that the STEM degree data collected by the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) is provided by the colleges in our region. The degrees and majors associated with STEM disciplines are internally defined by each college. Therefore, the STEM majors included in this table may not reflect STEM majors as they are defined by the U.S. Census.

A spreadsheet of the data below provided by MCBC is available for download here.
STEM Degrees in the Monterey Bay Region
  Cabrillo CSUMB Gavilan Hartnell MPC NPS UCSC Totals