Springboard Corner: April 2022

Apr 13, 2022


Welcome To The Springboard Corner

The 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 and hi-tech startups which we have worked with through Connect’s Springboard program.

Here’s the latest from Connect’s Springboard companies!

GroupSolver – founded in 2014, a leader in developing market research tools through their AI powered survey platform, they raised their $1.78M Series A round. Most recently they have also added a slick new feature to their platform- with a simple push of a button, users can now convert their survey data into slides to further share with colleagues and clients.

Hookit – a leader in sports sponsorship analytics and engagement using their AI-powered platform, they were founded in 2001. They were recently acquired by New York based KORE Software, a business management company.

Molecular Assemblies – a DNA synthesis company founded in 2009, we highlighted them during our last Springboard Corner for their Series A round. They are back again, most recently having successfully secured their $25.8M Series B round.

Primo Energy – founded in 2012, the company designs and builds innovative and off-grid distributed energy platforms which utilize wind, solar and battery storage. They were accepted as one of 15 companies into San Diego’s 2022 MetroConnect VI cohort where they will be provided with resources and support for export and expansion into the global marketplace.

Qubitekk – a cybersecurity technology company, founded in 2012, is a leader in the development of quantum technologies. Their product, the quantum protected network, has made it to the finals for the 2022 Edison Award in the Communications and Cybersecurity category. 

The Edison Awards are a prestigious annual competition which honors excellence and innovation in new products and services, and is one of the highest awards a company can receive. Winners will be announced at the end of April … fingers crossed!

Tag-N-Trac – a software company integrating wireless and cellular technology for smart IoT tracking of assets for the entire logistics lifecycle, was founded in 2020. They recently came out of stealth mode and raised their $10M Series A round.

Trefoil Therapeutics – founded in 2013, the company develops therapeutics using novel engineered compounds to treat various ophthalmic diseases and help restore lost vision. They recently raised $11.97M in a Series A1 round.

Welby Health – an early-stage digital health company which has developed an automated care management platform for physician practices to effectively manage patients with chronic health conditions. Founded in 2019 and launched into the market during the pandemic in 2021, they have secured a $0.8M Seed round.

We look forward to what other exciting news the rest of Q2 2022 will bring!