Interested in starting a company in San Diego? Well, you're in luck. Beyond killer surf and sunshine that just won't quit, San Diego has a unique, collaborative ecosystem that helps tech and life sciences startups grow and thrive. Our friends at Startup78 (the startup community in North County) put together a "Guide to Entrepreneurial Resources for a Thriving Startup Community." See below for some of our top picks.
Incubators & Accelerators
Bio, Tech and Beyond (Carlsbad): Provides low-cost lab space and shared resources that make it easy to start a science company.
Veterans Business Incubator (Escondido): This incubator offers collaboration with other military veterans, free WiFi, conference room, access to training and business mentors and coaching.
Ad Astra (Solana Beach): San Diego’s first-of-its-kind, female-focused accelerator and fund that concludes with a guaranteed investment. The accelerator’s mission is to equip female entrepreneurs to build, run, and scale investable businesses.
CONNECT Springboard Program (Sorrento Valley): CONNECT is a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products in San Diego County by linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success.
San Diego Sports Innovators (Solana Beach): Provides mentoring, networking and other resources for sports-related companies across the region.
The Sandbox (Sorrento Valley): Provides co-working space exclusively to businesses focused on AI and machine-learning technologies.
Nex Cubed: Incubator focused on digital health companies. Nex Cubed's platform supports angel to seed stage startups and helps them to drive commercial adoption of their solutions and prepares founding teams for their next round of financing.
Elan Capital (Carlsbad): Partners with Western US companies generating $1-to-$6 million in EBITDA who seek to accelerate growth.
NextWave Ventures (Carlsbad): Seed to early-stage venture capital firm focused on commercializing university research and advanced technologies.
Mooring Ventures (Carlsbad): A boutique investment firm dedicated to accelerating success for early-stage companies.
Founders First Capital (Sorrento Valley): We fund small businesses generating between $50,000 and $2.5 million in annual revenues typically led by minorities, military veterans, or woman-owned founders who are motivated to grow their companies to seven- and- eight-figure revenues annually while adding premium wage jobs in their community.
FusionX Ventures (Rancho Bernardo): Invests in promising, early-stage startups in the technology, industrial, and medical/life science sectors.
Tech Coast Angels (La Jolla): Provides hands-on practical mentoring, assists in building out management teams, and helps raise additional venture capital funding. TCA focuses mainly on tech (software, hardware, cleantech, etc.) and life science (biotech, medical devices, pharma, genomics, diagnostics, digital health, etc.).
Correlation Ventures (UTC): Leverages world-class analytics to offer entrepreneurs and other venture capitalists a different option when they are seeking additional capital to complete a financing round.
Anzu Partners (La Jolla): Focused on software, hardware and industrial technology startups that serve the life science industry.
Triton Funds (UCSD - La Jolla): Student-run fund, backed by local advisors and investors, committed to making agnostic investments with focus in life science.
Sway Ventures (La Jolla): Invests in early to mid stage technology companies.
Alexandria (Torrey Pines Mesa - La Jolla): Provides long-term strategic investment capital to innovative life science and technology entities developing breakthrough technologies and therapies.
The 78 Corridor houses a number of coworking spaces that contribute to the success of the local startup scene as well as the entire community. All five Innovate78 cities are home to a number of coworking spaces that boast unique offerings and amenities.
North County’s vibrant education ecosystem continues to train future skilled workers and innovative leaders for businesses along the 78 Corridor, as well as for the region.
The California Community College Workforce and Economic Development Initiative: The community colleges along the 78 Corridor partner with industry to customize curriculum and career pathways so that the students of today are prepared for the workforce of the future. This initiative ensures that community college programs are responsive to economic forecasts and workforce needs, including customized training.
Palomar College (San Marcos): A public two-year community college that offers 200 associate degree and certificate programs.
MiraCosta College (Oceanside & Cardiff-by-the-Sea): Public community college serving coastal North San Diego County. Offers over 50 AA degrees and bachelor’s in biotechnology. MiraCosta was one of 15 colleges selected in the state to offer a four-year degree in biotechnology.
Technology Career Institute (Carlsbad): Part of MiraCosta College’s Community Education & Workforce Development department. The institute offers local community members the opportunity to enhance their lives and their careers with low cost, hassle-free classes, workshops and programs.
Del Lago Academy (Escondido): High school that offers a unique biotech focus that strives to prepare future scholars, innovators, and world citizens.
Quantum Academy (Escondido): High school that aims to inspire confident leaders who impact the community through empathy, creativity, and innovation.
High Tech High North County (San Marcos): The goal of this charter school is to offer a college preparatory, project-based learning environment to 9-to-12 grade students. We also aim to inspire students to become civic leaders through real-world, authentic learning experiences.
CSUSM Entrepreneurs: Organization at Cal State San Marcos that helps students reach their goal of becoming successful entrepreneurs through the cultivation and sharing of knowledge, networking, and a positive environment of support.
San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange: Nonprofit run by local entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs interested in life sciences, biotech, pharma, medical devices, tech and alternative energy.
San Diego Tech Hub: This is a stellar group that connects businesses, organizations, and individuals, and leverages their resources and talents to build a stronger San Diego tech community through collaboration.
Startup San Diego’s guide to everything you need to know about the San Diego Startup Ecosystem.
Here’s a link to business resources in each of the five cities along the 78 Corridor.
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Read Innovate78’s regional profile to find out more about the economic health, quality of life, demographics, talent profile, innovative industries and real estate in these five cities.
Events & Meetups:
Startup78 Quarterly Meetup: This is a quarterly event for all startup communities along the 78 Corridor to encourage collaboration. Join our community of startups, venture capitalists, accelerators, local industry and cities that are part of developing the startup ecosystem in North County.