Cool Companies

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 $515M, 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.

Connect Cool Companies 2021

Applications open on Feb 1, and close March 1 — get ready to apply!

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 2020 Cool Companies Program Sponsors


Connecting Tech & LifeSci Startups w/ Capital

Meet the 2020 Cool Companies

2019 Cool Companies

2018 Cool Companies

2017 Cool Companies

2016 Cool Companies

2015 Cool Companies