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
Deno, a runtime service, acquires $21M in Series A funding lead by Sequoia to build out Deno's commercial offerings and expand their business June 21, 2022
Shield Ai raises $165M in Series E Funding to develop state of the art AI Drone Pilot June 14, 2022
Resilience captures $625M in funding to expand its biomanufacturing footprint June 8, 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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