Cool Companies

The fastest, most-exciting startups in Southern California

Cool Companies is Connect’s annual capital program designed to match San Diego’s top-performing technology and life sciences startups ready to raise Series A — with quality venture capital.

Class of 2022 Cool Companies

 Since 2015, Cool Co’s have raised over $730M
And counting!

( just in Institutional Series A )


The program neutrally selects top tier, local entrepreneurs raising institutional funding, and grants them opportunities for direct access to capital providers, regularly attracting over 200 Venture Capitalists to the region annually.

 Applications are closed

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Learn More about Cool Companies from Connect

Cool Companies is our annual program that selects around 30 of the top tech and lifesci innovation companies in San Diego and matches them to venture capitalists around the country.

Have questions?

Learn more about the Cool Companies program with these Frequently Asked Questions, and be sure to check out the video above.

If you feel your company is ready for venture capital, but would like to discuss your business with a mentor before applying, be sure to check out our Springboard program(companies will be helped on a first-come, first-serve basis)

Thank you to the 2022 Cool Companies Program Sponsors

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Qualcomm Ventures
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Connecting Tech & LifeSci Startups w/ Capital

Meet the 2022 Cool Companies

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Meet the 2021 Cool Companies

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