Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Awards

Join CONNECT in honoring Dr. Andrew Viterbi, Co-Founder of Qualcomm Incorporated, 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.

Dr. Andrew Viterbi
Co-Founder Qualcomm Incorporated

Andrew Viterbi

In 1985, Dr. Viterbi co-founded Qualcomm Incorporated, a developer and manufacturer of mobile satellite communications and digital wireless telephony. Dr. Viterbi served as chief technical officer until 1996 and vice chairman until 2000. Under his leadership, Qualcomm received international recognition for innovative technology in the areas of digital wireless communications based on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technologies.

Dr. Viterbi’s most prominent research contribution is the Viterbi algorithm, one of the most important mathematical concepts of the 20th century, a means of separating information from background noise. The Viterbi Algorithm is used in most mobile phones and digital satellite receivers, as well as in the fields of magnetic recording, voice recognition and DNA sequence analysis. Since retiring from Qualcomm, Dr. Viterbi has shifted his focus to helping up-and-coming engineers with the establishment of his investment firm, the Viterbi Group. The company focuses on communication start-ups that are adapting the Viterbi algorithm to new purposes.

Date: March 19, 2015

Time: 11:00am-1:30pm

Location: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
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Individual Ticket Cost:
CONNECT Member: $160
Non-CONNECT Member: $190

Table of Ten Cost:
CONNECT Member: $1,500
Non-CONNECT Member: $1,700

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“The CONNECT Hall of Fame is a significant honor, as it recognizes
the elite group of individuals who led the transformation of our local economy”

David Hale
Hale BioPharma Ventures LLC.
CONNECT’S Board of Directors
Former president and CEO, Hybritech

Inductees to the CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame:

Peter C. Farrell

February 19, 2014


Ron Taylor
March 21, 2013


Ted Greene
March 1, 2012


Gene Ray
March 31, 2011


Peter Preuss
April 22, 2010


Neal and Linden Blue

Dr. J. Robert Beyster
March 20, 2008

William H. Rastetter
May 11, 2007

Dr. Ivor Royston
November 8, 2006

Walter J. Zable
February 22, 2006

Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs
May 26, 2005


Program Contact:

Jackie Leard
Program Manager
Email: jleard@connect.org
Phone: (858) 964-1335
San Diego
Office Address

8950 Villa La Jolla Drive
Suite A124
La Jolla, CA 92037