Connecting Tech & LifeSci Companies to Quality Capital & Mentorship

We help innovators and entrepreneurs
in Southern California by providing access
to investors, mentors, and education.

We’re a community nonprofit passionate about helping entrepreneurs build great companies,
and together create a world-class tech ecosystem.

Connect Cool Companies 2021

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.

Applications Close March 1st

Since 2015, Cool Co’s have raised over $545M

— Past Cool Companies Include —

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If you’re a tech or lifesci startup — gearing up to raise and Institutional Series A round. Learn More about what it means to a cool company and what you need to know to apply.
— Tech & LifeSci Startups —

A flexible process, designed to accelerate
tech and lifesci startups

We just finished the new 2-hour 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! 


Mike Cordonnier

CEO & Co-founder, Carlsmed

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See if Springboard is right for you.

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The San Diego Regional Innovation Report is produced by Connect annually to reflect technology and life sciences startup growth and the impact on the economy in the region.

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Connect w/ San Diego Venture Group Presents: Meet the Entrepreneurs

Huge 'Thank you' to our friends at Wondertree Media for the production of this film for our 2019 Venture Summit. San Diego's thriving tech economy is full steam ahead! Let's venture together. #connectsd

Thank you to our amazing sponsors,
we couldn’t do this without you!

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