In 2019, we awarded over $80K in non-dilutive funding.



    Hydrostasis, founded by Dr. Debbie Chen, is a wearable tech company establishing hydration monitoring as a standard of care. By developing a personalized hydration monitoring system that provides individuals the freedom to sustain and evolve their bodies and minds, Hydrostasis equips people with a unique performance edge.

    MedCrypt, with CEO Mike Kijewski, provides proactive healthcare security in a few lines of code. Through c/c++ libraries, MedCrypt brings core cybersecurity features to medical devices. This includes cryptographic signatures, device behavior monitoring, and vulnerability monitoring.

    Nanome, Inc., co-founded by Steven McCloskey, while a student at UCSD, is an intuitive, state-of-the-art VR platform for viewing, manipulating, and modifying chemical and macromolecular structures in a fully immersive and collaborative 3D environment. Small molecules, like anti-nerve agents, can be developed easier and faster through manipulations in the Nanome VR platform

    Navega Therapeutics, founded by Ana Maria Moreno, is tackling the opioid epidemic with a non-permanent gene therapy to target pain that is non-addictive, highly specific, and long lasting.

    Qubitekk, with CEO Stan Ellis, provides state-of-the-art cybersecurity protection for critical energy, 5G telecommunications, and military applications for critical infrastructure using an unbreakable physics-based solution.

    Uprise Energy, co-founded by Jonathan Knight, is focused on developing out-of-the-box energy and efficiency solutions for some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Currently, Uprise Energy is commercializing the world’s first commercially sized mobile wind turbine.

    ART Compass, founded by Dr. Carol Curchoe. ART Compass is a mobile application for the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry that puts physicians, administrators, and lab staff on the “same page” as their patients. ART Compass is an electronic medical record, a patient portal, and a laboratory quality management system. It documents IVF staff clinical decision-making, streamlines reporting to SART/CDC, and automates data analysis, working specifically with IVF provided by military physicians.

    Inova Drone, with founder and CEO Chad Amonn, is a drone company focused on developing next-generation unmanned aerial vehicles for mission-critical commercial and defense applications. Inova Drone produces proprietary, ruggedized, high performance all-weather capable drone systems to save lives.

    Yembo, founded by Siddharth Mohan, develops software that uses computer vision and advanced artificial intelligence technology to improve the user experience and quality of military moves. Using Yembo’s software, military members can conveniently survey their home before they move on their own time. The software and technology identify furniture and other items, making it transparent to the member and the moving company so the right items get shipped, improving the overall quality and efficiency of the move.


    The funding is provided through a grant from the California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE), an initiative of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

    Under the GO-Biz initiative, there are 15 state-designated California Innovation Hubs (iHubs)  focused on improving the state’s national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters throughout California. Connect w/ SDVG is the official iHub for the San Diego region.

    Connect w/ SDVG is the Official iHub for the San Diego Region

    The iHub program improves the state’s national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters throughout the state. Each iHub represents an independent partnership between local government entities, public universities, research institutions, venture capitalist networks, and economic development organizations.  Businesses and potential investors can utilize these regionally-based iHubs to gain greater access to funding opportunities, technology transfers, research relationships, incubator space, and the local workforce.