The Transformation of Lean @ UCSD Extension
Jan 14 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
The CONNECT Operations Roundtable Presents:
The Transformation of Lean
Impacting your bottom line and improving your growth potential.Achieving operational excellence can seem like an impossible task. The Lean Method can help your company become more competitive in the marketplace and more profitable on your balance sheet.
Rishi Malhotra
Manager and Operation Excellence
Consulting Practice Leader
Moss Adams, LLP
This program will cover:

  • How to start the operational excellence journey
  • How to use Lean to asses your current environment
  • New strategic planning tools, such as Hoshin Kanri and Kaizen
  • Creating a plan for success
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
UCSD Extension, 6256 Greenwich Dr., San Diego, CA, 92122

Complimentary registration by CMTC for CONNECT members; $40 for non-members


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*CMTC’s Mission: To create solutions for manufacturing growth and profitability. CMTC is a private, mission-based non-profit Corporation, affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Our affiliation assures performance standards that translate into customer service with consistent high benefits and satisfaction.
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MITEF San Diego: Distributed and virtual work teams: An unstoppable trend for sure, but are we ready? @ Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine; Roth Auditorium University of California San Diego
Jan 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Distributed and virtual work teams: An unstoppable trend for sure, but are we ready? mitef-jan-banner

Virtual teams and employees are a worldwide, unstoppable trend; as many as 1.3 billion business professionals will participate in a virtual team over the next few years.  Properly managed virtual teams can improve job satisfaction, employee morale, retention, and organizational efficiency.  On the other hand, improper management, which is more often the case due to technology limitations and lack of effective virtual management skills, the inverse of the positives quickly appear.


Given that even good teams still only succeed and accomplish the tasks 50% of the time, we have to ask the following:

  • How can we use virtual technology to enhance team effectiveness, talent management and organizational processes?
  • What are the potential repercussions of adopting a virtual team model?
  • What types of communication practices need to be in place for virtual teams to succeed?

Join us at the January 14th MIT Enterprise Forum as we discuss not only different technologies that support virtual work teams, but also begin a conversation on the competent virtual manager and what that means for your business moving forward.

CONNECT’s SME Mixer @ Green Flash Brewing Company
Jan 19 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm



Join CONNECT for the only event specifically geared towards small and mid-size (SME) innovation companies. Eat, drink, and socialize with SME innovation industry leaders at Green Flash Brewery.

  • Mingle with regional small and mid-size companies
  • Plug into San Diego’s largest innovation network
  • Meet prospective partners and clients
  • Meet CONNECT’s Industry Roundtable leaders

Green Flash Brewing Co. | 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd. | San Diego, CA 92121

$25-CONNECT and MITEF Members
$75-On-Site Registration
Includes 2 drink tickets and heavy hors d’oeuvres

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Contact Rachel Max at for more information



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Tapping Alternative Capital to Enable Growth of Innovation Companies @ San Diego State University, Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center Ballroom
Jan 20 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
San Diego Regional Innovation Cluster Workshop Presents:
Tapping Alternative Capital to Enable Growth of Innovation Companies


Detailed Information:

This workshop provides participants with expert knowledge and case studies on the current and
rapidly changing avenues for funding small business.

• Strategies for determining your financial requirements
• Why equity financing may not be your best option
• Why loans have become more competitive (and sometimes easier to obtain) than other capital sources
• How the Government is here to help…really!!!
• Don’t let applications and processes be a barrier to new sources of funding
• Pros and cons of alternative opportunities for securing capital required to start, expand, and maintain a successful small business.


Click here for Agenda and List of speakers

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


San Diego State University, Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center Ballroom

55th Street and Hardy Avenue, Parking Garage #5, San Diego

$30, including a light breakfast and parking

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Workshop funding in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. SBA and by Bank of America
CONNECT FrameWorks Workshop: Introduction to Venture Capital @ Co-Merge
Feb 12 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
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CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops present

Introduction to Venture Capital Financing

In partnership with Perkins Coie LLP

Program Overview:

Raising money is no easy task — but it can be done if you focus on the right priorities and avoid common deal-killers. In this half-day workshop, Peter Townshend from Perkins Coie LLP will provide you with an overview of venture capital financing and actionable advice that will prepare you for raising capital from venture capital funds.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Understanding venture funds and how they operate;
  • An overview of venture capital term sheets and financing terms;
  • Understanding the stages of a venture capital financing; and
  • Learning common terms used in such transactions and what they mean.

Who should attend:

Founders, CEOs and managers who are seeking venture funding, as well as scientists, technology experts and other entrepreneurs considering a business start-up in need of venture financing.

About the Presenters:
Peter Townshend, a partner at Perkins Coie with the firm’s Emerging Companies practice.  He has extensive experience representing emerging growth technology companies and venture capital investors in structuring a wide variety of transactions. His practice includes venture capital, angel and other private equity financings; convertible note and other debt financings; mergers and acquisitions; public offerings; corporate governance; distribution, development, manufacturing, co-marketing, licensing and other commercial transactions; stock option plans and executive compensation; and venture capital and private equity fund formation. Peter has worked in a diverse array of industries including social networking, e-commerce, online advertising, online gaming, software and hardware, telecommunications, medical devices, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Peter is a regular lecturer for the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurship at U.C. San Diego. He has lectured at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Diego, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State University, and he has been quoted by Reuters and in the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Date: February 12, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m (Program begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Location: Co-Merge
330 A Street, San Diego CA 92101
Map It!

Parking at Co-Merge Is Simple!

There is street parking available around the location – 2 hour meters for $1.25/hour in change or 4 hour meters directly in front of the building that accept credit and debit cards.

We are excited to offer the Co-Merge Rate at the ACE Civic Center Parking Garage of $2/hour or $8/day. Just be sure to bring your parking ticket to Co-Merge where you will validate and pay at the reception desk. Find the Civic Center Garage located at 1200 Third Avenue with entrances on 3rd Avenue between A and B Street or at the end of Second Avenue on A Street. The A Street entrance is to the left of the City Concourse Parking entrance, so GO DOWN to enter the Civic Center garage.

Complete Co Merge driving and parking directions:

Note: A light breakfast will be provided for participants.

Contact: Jackie Leard


Phone: 858-964-1335


General Public: $20
Onsite registration $45 (subject to availability)
Registration will close on or before February 11, 2015

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CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops: Using Employee Stock Ownership to Build the Company You Want
Feb 19 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
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CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops present
Using Employee Stock Ownership to Build the Company You Want
In partnership with the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego

Program Overview:

Entrepreneurs have choices about the kind of company they want to create.  The VC route – giving up control over your destiny in exchange for funding – is well-known, but entrepreneurs should also be aware of the choices that employee ownership can provide. By sharing equity ownership with the rest of your team, you can gain critical advantages that help the company grow – and on your own terms. SAIC is one great example; there are now many more.

Benefits of Attending:

  • An overview of employee ownership and how it can help a start-up venture;
  • Techniques for implementing employee ownership;
  • Key considerations in making it work well;
  • Actual examples of employee owned ventures and how they operate.

Who should attend:
Founders, CEOs, and other leaders of growing ventures who want to know how other companies have used employee ownership to grow and thrive on their own terms.

About the Presenters:

Martin Staubus, Executive Director, The Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management.

Martin is a nationally recognized expert on the design and operation of arrangements that give employees an equity interest in the company they work for. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the employee ownership field in several capacities, including practicing lawyer, VP of human resources, and management consultant. Staubus holds a B.A. in economics from UC Berkeley, an M.B.A., and a law degree.

Thad Kahlow, CEO, BusinessOnline.

BusinessOnline is a San Diego firm specializing in performance driven digital marketing.  Founded in 1996, the firm uses a data-driven approach to help companies drive more qualified traffic, convert that traffic to leads and increase revenue.  Thad is a leading authority on online marketing and a visionary leader who believes that in today’s innovation-driven economy, companies that operate as a committed, involved and engaged team of people will be the ones that succeed.

John Yi, Founder and CEO, KES, Inc.

John has over twenty years of leadership experience in high-technology firms, with roles in general management, marketing, sales, business development, and program management. He has founded three high technology companies during that time, driving success through organizational direction, mission focus, creative problem solving and team achievement.  John holds an engineering degree from UC San Diego and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Date: February 19, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Program begins 8:30 a.m.)

Location: UCSD Rady School of Management, Otterson Hall room 4E106
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Note: A light breakfast will be provided for participants.

Contact: Jackie Leard


Phone: (858) 964-13358


General Public: $20
Onsite registration: $45 (subject to availability)

*Registration will close on or before February 18, 2015

Parking Directions to Rady School lot P357:

From the North
Take 5 South
Take Genesee Avenue exit
Right on Genesee
Left on North Torrey Pines Rd
Left on North Point Drive
Right at the second stop sign
Turn left into parking lot P357

From the South
Take 5 North
Take Genesee Avenue exit
Left on Genesee
Left on North Torrey Pines Rd
Left on North Point Drive
Right at the second stop sign
Turn left into parking lot P357

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Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Awards honoring Dr. Andrew Viterbi @ Estancia La Jolla
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join CONNECT in honoring Dr. Andrew Viterbi, Co-Founder of Qualcomm, at the prestigious Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Awards luncheon.

Hall of Fame honors individuals who have achieved distinction over the years for founding, leading or advancing a San Diego life sciences or technology based business or organization. Such entrepreneurs have contributed to the business sectors that shape our local economy, improve our quality of life and continue to inspire future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs. Dr. Andrew Viterbi will be our 13th inductee into CONNECT’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Past honorees include Irwin Jacobs, Walter Zable, Ivor Royston, William Rastetter, J. Robert Beyster, Neal Blue, Linden Blue, Peter Preuss, Gene Ray, Howard “Ted” Greene, Ron Taylor, and Peter Farrell.

More Information Coming Soon!