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Springboard Corner: May 2022

Springboard Corner: May 2022

Welcome To The Springboard CornerContinuing the momentum started at the beginning of this quarter, here’s what’s new from the Springboard Corner! The Springboard Corner is designed to highlight and share recent milestones of life science and hi-tech startups which we...

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SBIR@Connect Navy Overview

SBIR@Connect Navy Overview

The Small Business Innovation Research program, SBIR, has been supporting small businesses since its inception in 1982. The program understands the importance small businesses have in the development of technology, the economy, job creation, and is therefore a key...

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Connect Recognizes 9 Awardees at Five•Ten•Thirty

Connect Recognizes 9 Awardees at Five•Ten•Thirty

Connect’s San Diego Hall of FameLiterally and figuratively wrote the books: Community Before Self & El Tercer PaisRich has grown too many life science companies to list.Past Hall of Fame Inductions2019 - David Hale, Hale BioPharma Ventures 2018 - Mark Dankberg,...

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Springboard Corner: April 2022

Springboard Corner: April 2022

Welcome To The Springboard CornerThe second quarter of 2022 has rolled in and exciting new developments and funding rounds continue to occur in San Diego’s innovation sector. The Springboard Corner is designed to highlight and share recent milestones of life science...

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Meet The Connect Team: Matt Alamo

Meet The Connect Team: Matt Alamo

Get To Know Connect's Programs ManagerHi Y’all! My name is Matt Alamo and I’m the Programs Manager at Connect. My goal is to help amazing companies succeed by providing access to capital and education. I am very grateful to be in the position to make an impact on...

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Cool Companies of 2022

Cool Companies of 2022

Since 2015, Cool Companies have raised over $730M (just in Series A)Thank you to the Cool Companies 2022 Sponsors Announcing the Cool Companies of 2022!  Every year we gather applications from tech and lifesci startup companies around the region and select the COOLEST...

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Meet The Connect Team: Gretel von Son

Meet The Connect Team: Gretel von Son

Get To Know Connect's SBIR DirectorHello everyone! My name is Gretel von Son and I currently serve as the SBIR Director at Connect. I aim to cultivate relationships between government and industry to drive innovation and elevate our community. I was born and raised in...

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Meet The Connect Team: Valerie Reyes

Meet The Connect Team: Valerie Reyes

Get To Know Connect's Office AssistantMy name is Valerie Reyes and I joined Connect as an Office Assistant in January of 2021. I majored in Media Communications at the Angeles University Foundation and am currently pursuing another degree in Business Management. By...

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Connect Partners With MedTech Color

Connect Partners With MedTech Color

Connect X MedTech ColorConnect aims to enhance tech and life science companies with quality capital and advisors.We're a community nonprofit passionate about helping entrepreneurs build great companies.We saw the opportunity to support MedTech Color by helping to...

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Springboard Corner: February 2022

Springboard Corner: February 2022

Welcome To The Springboard CornerWe are just one month into the new year, and things are already heating up in San Diego’s innovation community!This here marks the first of semi-regular postings designed to highlight and share recent milestones of life science and...

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Press Release: Innovation Day

Press Release: Innovation Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 31, 2022 Contact:  Mike Krenn, Connect CEOEmail: team@connect.orgMobile:  858.964.1300 San Diego's Innovation Day 2022 Connect, a non-profit innovation instigator, is announcing the largest regional innovation company gathering in San...

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Meet The Connect Team: Sam DeLeon

Meet The Connect Team: Sam DeLeon

Get To Know Connect's Capital Programs CoordinatorMy name is Samuel DeLeon, but people just call me Sam - short and simple. I was born in UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and grew up in Ventura County. Where I played basketball, surfed, practiced piano, and...

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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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