Over 150 Events, 10 Tracks, 5 Days
San Diego Startup Week (SDSW) is the region’s premier catalyst for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurialism. Featuring a week of scheduled events, panels, and revelry in the heart of downtown San Diego, Startup Week showcases leading innovators in Software as a Service (SaaS), consumer Internet, mobile tech, hardware, and defense tech. Participants include San Diego’s brightest entrepreneurs, top-tier regional and national investors, strategic advisors, and high profile community and political supporters, all of whom contribute to San Diego’s thriving startup ecosystem.
Startup Week Highlight Events
Kicking off with Opening Ceremony
SDVG hosts Keynote Speaker, Mark Suster
Entrepreneurs Trek the Streets Downtown for the Startup Crawl
SD Tech Founders Showcased 7 Growing Startups at Demo Night
The 2016 San Diego Startup Festival at Quartyard Open to the Public with Startups Tables and Live Music.
Startup Week is sooner than you think…
Save some space on your calendar, June 12th — 18th!
Last year, Startup Week brought out an unprecedented number of startups, entrepreneurs and community leaders. We listened to your feedback and are making this year even better.
You might remember the stage-focused Tracks from last year — tailoring the experience to people the Idea phase, launching a startup in the Seed phase, and gearing up to expand in the Growth phase.
New this year! We’re adding industry-specific Tracks in:
- Defense/Cyber Security
- Bio/Med Tech
- Brew Tech
- Cross-Border Resources
Whether it’s attending, volunteering to help out at an event or run one, speak on a topic or contribute an event as your organization, or be a sponsor — we’d love to see you!
San Diego Startup Week (SDSW) is the region’s premier catalyst for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurialism. Featuring a week of scheduled events, panels, and revelry in the heart of downtown San Diego, Startup Week showcases leading innovators in Software as a Service (SaaS), consumer Internet, mobile tech, hardware, and defense tech.
Participants include San Diego’s brightest entrepreneurs, top-tier regional and national investors, strategic advisors, and high profile community and political supporters, all of whom contribute to San Diego’s thriving startup ecosystem.
Businesses lack chlorophyll! Meaning, sunlight and water won’t grow your Startup… but the Seed Track during Startup Week can give you the right tools to nurture your Startup seedling into the blooming business it is meant to be.
The San Diego Startup Week Seed Track is focused on taking your startup to the next level by helping you prove your MVP, get traction, and prepare for seed financing! Hire for skill or for culture? Join an incubator? Raise VC money or bootstrap it? When you start to get the feeling that your wild idea really has legs you have important decisions to make and you don’t get a second chance to make the right choices. Join San Diego’s own entrepreneurs to hear stories from the Startup trenches and learn from their mistakes and successes. The Seed track at Startup week offers something for any entrepreneur or would-be bootstrapper.
Kick off the week at Noon on Monday with $h!t Founders Don’t Talk About a no-holds-barred truth talk about the ups and downs of early-stage startup life. Mel Gordon, co-founder of Tap Hunter, Bryan Hall founder of embarke (formerly email co-pilot) and David Warren CEO of LIA will tell you the $h!t that all of the mentors and TedX talks gloss over. If you’re an entrepreneur you don’t want to miss this.
Rise and Shine and get your groove on with a not-so-typical breakfast event. The IoT Startup Breakfast Table event promises food trucks, a DJ (@ 7:30AM!!!) and hands on workshops on Traction, Proving your MVP and Prepping for Seed Financing. Moderated by Darrin Andersen Chairman of CyberTech and featuring speakers such as Navid Alipour of Analytics ventures, Ray Major of Practicum Advisory Services, Melanie Ruthrauff of Mintz Levin and Marsha Wilson of DaulSpark. The early bird gets the seed funding so come on down and get your entrepreneurial juices flowing, Tuesday 6/16 from 7:30 – 9:00AM.
Thursday 6/18 from 4:30 – 6:00PM, learn How to Launch a Product KickStarter. CleverPet, WareHouse Innovations, and Hush, all EvoNexus residents, share their knowledge and experience with launching product Kickstarter Campaigns. Then walk on over to Demo Night @ 6:00.
Make yourself a cheese sandwich wrapped in gluten and head on down to the brown-bag lunch event Is an Accelerator/Incubator Right for You? Friday @ Noon, Join Austin Neudecker – Y Combinator, Adam Riggs-Zeigen – EvoNexus Plug and Play, Jason Riggs – Relocated to EvoNexus & Bach Le – Boulder TechStars to hear about their decisions to join Incubators/Accelerators and what it has meant for their Startup’s journey.
The Seed Track metaphors abound but in the end, you need information and Seed Track’s the place to find it so sign up, come down and learn about what it takes to get your bloomin’ startup seeded and on a path to growth and success!
Miss March Mingle? I mean like, late at night do you miss the chatting and music, fun and connections you make at Social Events? Well get some sleep because Startup Week is right around the corner and there are so many ways to network with the San Diego Startup Community. While the Social Events are not track specific,they are designed for participants to meet and mingle with local entrepreneurs.
Startup Week Starts up with Launch Fest Sunday June 14th 3:00 – 5:00 with booths lining the Broadway Pier. An afternoon of informative fun connecting the startup scene with the entire San Diego community. Local startups host booths with interactive demos, plus entertainment, all under sunny skies at Broadway Pier. The festival is free, family-friendly, and open to all.
Support the local startup community and join in on the fun! Check out 7CTOs, Around8, Branch Metrics, Brisk, Bulwan, DeskHub, Doctible, Faveo, GeekGirls, GoShare, Holonis, Ideator, Industry, LoanHero, Lumos, Moovdit, Opoli Technology, Pedicured, Phittle, Rendevu, Rewind, Soal, Spritzr, Swingby, Vionic, Webble, WowYow, Zesty, zipdev and more at Launch FEST!
Immediately following the Outdoor mingle is Startup Week’s Opening Ceremony in the pavilion on the Broadway Pier. Live music, food and drinks with beers from local breweries and hundreds of local Startup members, investors, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and students mingling on into the warm summer night!
Whatever fascinating, informational events you attend be sure to sign up for a Startup Crawl. Startup Crawl is a 21 and over event, bring ID, yep, even you Grampa. With 4 tracks and beer at each stop along the way The Startup Crawl is the best way to engage with businesses in their native environments and then party into the evening with the after Party at EvoNexus.
- Property Capsule (311 4th Ave. #605, San Diego)
- Classy (533 F St #300, San Diego)
- Take Lessons (225 Broadway #600, San Diego)
- EvoNexus (101 West Broadway #200, San Diego)
- Zesty (1045 6th Ave, San Diego)
- Co-Merge (330 A St, San Diego)
- Seamgen (919 4th Ave #200, San Diego)
- EvoNexus (101 West Broadway #200, San Diego)
- Holonis (750 B St. #1230, San Diego)
- Zesty (1045 6th Ave, San Diego)
- The Vine (101 West Broadway #1120, San Diego)
- EvoNexus (101 West Broadway #200, San Diego)
- DeskHub (2171 India Street, San Diego)
- Webble / ChatMeter / Saambaa / Pet Partner (1133 Columbia, Second Floor, San Diego)
- Real Office Center (101 Broadway, 3rd Floor, San Diego)
- EvoNexus (101 West Broadway #200, San Diego)
Thursday come to Demo Night at the lIbrary where 7 local startups demo their wares. General Assembly (who’s working to transform thinkers into creators through education and opportunities in technology, business, and design) will present.
After the excitement of Demo Night, walk over to the After Party at Mission Brewery to decompress and socialize over a craft beverage. High five the presenters, make new friends, sketch your next great idea on a cocktail napkin!
Friday night, don’t cry because even though it’s the Closing Event there’s still more to come on Saturday! Keep checking back because as of today the Closing Event is in full stealth mode and you know what that means in Startup language… it’s BIG (and unpatented and quite possibly not ready for the world to see).
Just in case you’ve seen the same people one time too many (I’m talking to you, AJ @aj_tevora) hit the final event of Startup week, the Spritzr Tech Party at CoWork on 30th Street. http://spritzrparty.com/ (RSVP) for A night of mingling, jazz, craft beer, and games to round off San Diego Startup Week. The event is free for Startup Week ticket holders and $10 to the public
So put on your party pants and come out for some fantastic networking and good fun during the Startup Week Social track events.
The Idea Track of San Diego Startup Week is a series of events created specifically for people interested in the earliest stages of a startup company. Whether you think you have your first big idea and just want to find out if you’re on the right track or you’re trying to find co-founders to help you develop your idea, the Idea Track is for you.
Everyone in the startup community faces similar challenges as they pursue their first ideas and the Idea Track puts you into the room with other founders who are in the same position as you are now or have been in your shoes at least once before – if not more. As a new startup founder, you need to think about co-founders, product development, marketing and intellectual property – where are you supposed to start?
The events developed for the Idea Track are there to help you answer those exact questions. Here are some of the highlights of the events in the Idea Track:
Startup Week Idea Competition Kickoff: One of the events featured on the first full night of San Diego Startup Week will pull people up into the spotlight to pitch their idea to the crowd in two minutes. The top five ideas will be selected to present in front of a high profile panel for the chance to win $1,000!
Lean Product Development for Startups: This event will feature Bryan Hall discussing how startups can shorten their product development cycle by focusing on hypothesis driven experimentation and validated learning. This will be a great session that will explore how startups can reduce risk and lower the need for initial funding to get their product launched.
Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and Prototyping: What’s the difference and when should you start?: This event will focus on the various intricacies of the intellectual property. Getting ready to launch a product but have questions about IP? Join us for this workshop and get your questions answered by leaders and attorneys who have the answers.
The Idea Track promises to be a phenomenal track for anyone in the beginning stages of their startup. We’re looking forward to having you join us!
Being a Developer is not just about sitting in a code hole at 3:00AM fixing fork issues on production pushes (though, you do need to fix that fork issue). The Developer Track of San Diego Startup Week explores the many aspects of being a developer, working with developers, becoming a lead developer and being a great leader once you are a VP of Engineering or CTO. Wherever you are, or whatever your level of interest in the world of code and technology Startup Week’s Developer Track has something for you!
The Developer Track offers events to challenge your limits, open your eyes to new languages and get your creative and innovative juices flowing. Make no mistake, entrepreneurs will have just as much to learn and enjoy on the Developer tracks as coders will.
Get Startup Week kicked off right with 7CTOs (@7ctos) co-founders Michael Saul and Etienne de Bruin as they host the Innovative CTO Mini-Lab. This is the place to begin your Startup Week journey. Pick up coaching from executive development coach Michael Saul in EQ (emotional intelligence) and learn to think outside the box and lead from within your organization. This event is sure to start your week off in alignment with your best, most innovative self.
Your cup will ‘runneth’ over with Leslie Fishlock of Geek Girl and her 1 Million Cups presentation on Tuesday June 16th from 9 – 10 am. Join Leslie as she introduces 1 Million Cups (1MC), a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Bringing products to market is what it’s all about at the end of the day and at the end of the day on Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm you can join Daniel Marashlian CTO of Portfolium to learn about Product Development Basics: Software what it takes to bring software products to market in the San Diego Startup ecosystem. Daniel is an entrepreneur with a long history as a developer and team leader. He’ll be discussing off-shoring and in house hires, near-shoring and the advantages of different team configurations.
Friday morning join Nicole Leandra Creative Director of Creators’ink and get to know all you ever wanted to know about those WordPress templates, web hosting and hiring freelancers to customize your site. Knowledge is power so come power up at the Website Creation and Useful Tools Seminar on Friday morning from 9 – 10am.
Friday afternoon it’s like Tinder for technology! Join Etienne de Bruin, CTO of MAX HOA and CEO of 7CTOs for the Technology Hot or Not Panel as he moderates a panel of CTOs including Darryl Kuhn CTO of AristaMD, Michael McFadden CTO of Solute, Chris McCann CTO of Vor Data Solutions, Matt Cullerton CTO of F# and Jason Miller CTO of Quick Solar to name a few of the tech-savvy panelists discussing the best and most agile technology solutions for today’s technology leaders.
Don’t be shy, dive on in! These are just a sample of the wealth of technology offerings this year during the Developer Track events. We can’t wait to see you there and don’t forget to BYOL (Bring your own laptop) if you hit the mini Magic Nights hackathon!!!
Taking a startup from the idea to a thriving business can be difficult to say the least. The Growth Track of San Diego Startup Week had the idea, proven its market viability, developed the product and gotten some seed capital to start building your business. Now it’s time to go beyond your next 10 customers, beyond your next 100 customers and start to figure out how you’re going to scale your business to capture your next 1,000 customers and start seeing a return on all the time, energy and capital that you’ve invested into your business.
The challenges that face companies at this phase are vast. Between the limited resources available to startups that require you to stretch every dollar to its limit, marketing and sales management, there are a lot of pitfalls along the way that can cause startups to fail. The Growth Track offers programming to help you avoid those pitfalls and keep your business growing.
Here are just a few of the programs offered in the Growth Track of San Diego Startup Week:
2015 Seachange Funding Startups: For the past few years, we’ve all been wondering what the impact of the JOBS Act (Regulation A+) was going to have on our community. We knew that it would be big – it turns out it’s bigger. RegA+ could be the single largest game changer since the inception of the stock market. Get your questions answered during this moderated discussion.
From the Eyes of the VC…You Be the Judge: Come learn some crucial fundraising tips at this lunchtime session from experienced startup and venture capitalist Austin Neudecker. Stick around to put your VC hat on and judge a startup pitch for yourself!
Marketing and Sales for Companies with Series A Investment: Are you ready for your Series A investment? Typically you need to show that you have a marketing strategy that is able to scale but you just need the money and staff to help you implement it. In this session we’ll focus on how to create a scalable marketing strategy and how to communicate that strategy and show its impact to potential investors.
The Growth Track of San Diego Startup Week will prove to be an impactful track of programming with great speakers, experienced moderators and, of course, other startups who are and have been in your shoes to network with.
Summer is here!
The way you can tell is that all of the smart, fun, interesting people of San Diego are out on the Broadway Pier on a Sunday. Oh, wait! That’s not summer (it’s always summer here) that’s Startup Week!
Whether you’re already clued into the Startup Scene or just want to check out what all of the buzz is about, Startup Week is for you. Sunday, June 14th starting at 3:00pm local Startups host booths outside all along the Broadway Pier and everyone from VCs to developers, from marketing gurus to UCSD students will be there mingling, having fun and getting ready for the evening’s social event.
You do NOT want to miss the party in the pavilion that kicks off Startup Week. Live music and beer from San Diego’s own micro (and macro) breweries and San Diegans young and old (ok, mostly in their mid 20’s) gather to kickoff the event.
So get out from behind those monitors and come on out. You can’t watch this on Netflix (but you can tweet pics it while it’s happening #SDSW @sdstartupweek) Join us June 14th from 3 – 6 and then party into the evening from 6 – ??.