Startup78: What to expect at San Diego Startup Week North County Day
May 22, 2019 - Sarah Lubeck
Innovate78 is a collaboration between the cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista to retain, expand and attract talent, companies and investment along the 78 Corridor. Recognizing the growth opportunities that exist along the corridor, in 2018, Startup78 was launched to unite and amplify the resources available to entrepreneurs in North County. Startup78 is a vehicle that aims to help startups scale to become long-term, viable businesses that support our economy.
Startup78 – SD Startup Week goes north
It started in 2012 as SD Tech Week. According to Startup Week, a few people hosted events around town, there was a startup crawl, and all said and done a few hundred people were accounted for and the organizers were already thinking of the next year’s Tech Week. Since then, a lot about SD Startup Week has changed, but the event has remained focused on its core mission: to promote and convene those involved in the startup community in San Diego.
But this was all happening in Downtown San Diego. At 4,526 square miles, the San Diego region is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut. And while there is a big entrepreneurship hub in downtown, North County also has its fair share of coworking spaces and companies. That’s where Innovate78 came in. In 2018, organizers decided to add North County programming to San Diego Startup Week. More than 300 people turned out. So, we’re doing it again.
An action-packed day awaits at SD Startup Week, North County Day. The festivities are all happening at make – the site of tech giants including Walmart Labs, GoPro, and more, in Carlsbad.
Some of our highlights:
- San Diego Tech Hub Meet & Greet – Meet the people behind San Diego Tech Hub, a grassroots organization that celebrates the tech community and leverages its connections, skills, and talents to positively impact the San Diego region.
- Panel: From Vet to Entrepreneur – San Diego – particularly North County with Camp Pendelton – is home to a number of servicemen and women. But what does life look like after the military? This panel is for vets and soon-to-be vets looking to start a company or score a gig at one and the companies interested in hiring them.
- Panel: From Launch to Exit: Inclusion in the startup ecosystem – Diversity is more than just a buzzword. Hear directly from leaders who are a reflection of the communities they serve. Everyone has a role in San Diego’s startup ecosystem.
- Mentorship hour – Need help taking your idea to the next level? This is your opportunity to connect with some of San Diego’s finest. Check out the SDSW schedule for the full list. of impressive mentors.
And of course, save some room for some caffeine and libations after all of the Startup78 fun. Check out the full schedule for additional details and sessions.
Get your tickets. Of course, we scored you a discount (use code DISCOUNT_INNOVATE78).
See you at SD Startup Week.