Cool Companies

The fastest, most-exciting startups in Southern California

Applications Are Officially Closed

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.

 Since 2015, Cool Co’s have raised over $850M+
And counting!

( just in Institutional Series A )


Top Three Reasons to Apply

  1. Exposure to Connect’s extensive network of quality venture capital
  2. Receive the help you need to grow + scale your business
  3. Make connections with highly-accomplished individuals at premier San Diego innovation events
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Class of 2022 Cool Companies

Have questions?

Learn more about the Cool Companies program with these Frequently Asked Questions.


Ask Program Manager, Matt Alamo

If you feel your company is ready for venture capital, but would like to discuss your business with an advisor 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 2023 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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  • Tech
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Meet the 2021 Cool Companies

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  • Tech
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