The Class of 2022 Cool Companies
San Diego’s fastest growing & most exciting companies!
Each year, we collect hundreds of applications from the community,
select the top companies and introduce them to over 100 VCs.
Since 2015, Cool Co’s have raised over $730M
…And counting! (Just In Institutional Series A)
We help innovators and entrepreneurs in Southern California by providing access to investors, mentors, and education.
A flexible process, designed to accelerate tech and lifesci startups
“We just finished the new Springboard program and I was impressed at the speed and quality. They brought together spot-on advisors for a panel review of our business, covering everything from sales execution best practices to financing strategies. The feedback and critical thinking was spot-on and was exactly what we needed. Thank you Connect! ”
Connect is part of the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network which allows us to offer no-cost consulting and low-cost training to new and existing startup businesses.
San Diego Funding News
Kneron snags $48M in Series B funding to expand their operations and reach October 6, 2022
CXL Ophthalmics closes $32M in Series A Funding to support the development of their cross-linking system EpiSmart as it goes through New Drug Application October 1, 2022
TAU Systems acquires $15M in angel investment from Lukasz Gadowski, founder of Delivery Hero, to develop the next generation of compact particle accelerators September 26, 2022
$9B in Venture Capital Funding for San Diego County - 2021San Diego County startups raised over $9 BILLION in 2021, according to deal data analyzed by Connect. It sometimes feels repetitive, with each of these reports announcing a new record high, but it’s important...
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