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Meet The Connect Team: Regina Bernal

Meet The Connect Team: Regina Bernal

Get To Know Connect's Strategic Inclusion DirectorSince the moment I started working with the entrepreneurship community, I knew this was more than a passion - it was my calling. These past ten years in San Diego have only confirmed those feelings.  I received my...

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Meet The Connect Team: Matt Kroe

Meet The Connect Team: Matt Kroe

Get To Know Connect's Capital Programs Manager My name is Matt Kroe and I’ve been working at Connect for just about four years now. I joined the Connect team in early 2018 during the last semester of my Statistics degree at San Diego State University. I have worked...

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The SD 500: Connect’s Leaders Are Gamechangers

The SD 500: Connect’s Leaders Are Gamechangers

Connect congratulates all of this year's cohort of The SD 500. Each year, The San Diego Business Journal puts together their list of the 500 most influential business leaders from around the region. We're excited and grateful to be able to highlight the sixteen...

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The Impact of Local Innovation on San Diego County

The Impact of Local Innovation on San Diego County

Editorial by Matt KroeIn 2020, San Diego’s innovation economy directly generated more than $69 Billion in Sales, employed more than 164,000 workers, and provided over $23 Billion in payrolls. The direct economic contribution of the innovation economy to San Diego’s...

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Highlights from SCEIN Partner: Cleantech San Diego

Highlights from SCEIN Partner: Cleantech San Diego

The Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) is a free program for startups that are developing solutions to help California meet its energy goals. The program provides access to the resources and facilities of a number of regional partner organizations...

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Venture Update — Editorial by Matt Kroe

Venture Update — Editorial by Matt Kroe

Breaking Records Year After YearOur San Diego startup ecosystem continues to break venture capital records with investment into San Diego County already outpacing all of 2020 by over $2.6B, with two months still left in the year. In total, San Diego County companies...

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SBIR@Connect: Ready to Apply?

SBIR@Connect: Ready to Apply?

Want to propose a solution to an SBIR/STTR topic but don’t know how? SBIR@Connect is here to help!  The 21.3/C cycle, the third BAA cycle of this year, Opens for proposals September 21st, consisting of three Navy topics, two of which belong to NAVWAR. The DoD has a...

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SBIR@Connect: Navy Primer

SBIR@Connect: Navy Primer

Starting the journey to work with the government can initially seem overwhelming and confusing, but SBIR@Connect is here to help. Below are some helpful tips to understanding the Navy domain. Tip 1 - Understand Function and RelevanceThe Department of Navy (DoN) is one...

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SBIR@Connect: Topics are Open!

SBIR@Connect: Topics are Open!

The time to submit your proposal is now!The 21.2/B SBIR/STTR topics are openThe Open period has begun, May 19th, 2021. The Navy’s 21.2/B cycle has a total of 39 traditional SBIR topics, and 3 Direct to Phase II topics. To take a look at the Navy topics and start...

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Announcing the 2021 Cool Companies

Announcing the 2021 Cool Companies

SAN DIEGO — Connect announces the 32 top-tier innovation companies to present to venture firms across the country Cool Companies is an annual Connect program designed to match San Diego’s top-performing technology and life science startups with quality venture capital...

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Cool Companies of 2021

Cool Companies of 2021

Since 2015, Cool Companies have raised over $718M (just in Series A)Thank you to the Cool Companies 2021 Sponsors Announcing the Cool Companies of 2021! Every year we gather applications from tech and lifesci startup companies around the region and select around 30 to...

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Q1 Roundup — Editorial by Matt Kroe

Q1 Roundup — Editorial by Matt Kroe

San Diego is on a roll! After finishing 2020 by raising a record high of over $4.9 Billion, San Diego startups have closed the first quarter of 2021 by raising a blistering $2.4 Billion. This total is doubly impressive when considering that just a few years ago, San...

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2021 Q1 – Fundings Report

2021 Q1 – Fundings Report

Venture Capital is coming into San Diego at a record pace, with quarter one of 2021 coming to $2.42B ($3.5B if you include M&As). Companies we've worked with, who raised this quarter include: CommSafe Ai — 2020 Cool Company Coursekey — 2016, '17, '19 Cool Company...

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Making a Macro Impact

Making a Macro Impact

Dear friends, Thank you for all those little extra things you did in 2020, and will continue to do to make our community a better place. Our innovation economy continues to contribute to San Diego’s overall health. It’s worth noting — each innovation job helps to...

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The Path Forward from Biocom

The Path Forward from Biocom

Biocom has just released The Path Forward 2.0, the Return to Work Guide for California's Life Sciences industry. The community has come together to provide comprehensive best practices for the workplace, current vaccinations and up-to-date CDC guidelines. Access the...

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