Grow Your San Diego Tech Company & Career

5-Day Virtual Event
May 24 – May 28, 2021
General Admission: $35
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5-Day Virtual Conference of Fun, Interactive, and Educational Events

We’re bringing together our region’s next-generation founders and tech workforce with the local innovation ecosystem!

Who should attend?

  • College students
  • First-time founders
  • Job seekers for San Diego startups
  • Recruiters and reps from established startups and tech companies

This once-a-year conference will connect (virtually!) startup/tech industry members, students, first-time entrepreneurs, and aspiring job seekers. 

You’ll have an opportunity to connect with San Diego startups hiring now, get feedback on your resume, get tips on upleveling in-demand skills, and network with the San Diego startup and business scene.

We’ve lined up an incredible 5 days of opportunities to help you launch or grow your startup, connect with a mentor, break into the tech industry, or find your next big idea.

      FEATURED SPEAKERS

      Bill Cecil

      Bill Cecil

      Scouting Director at State Farm

      Tosh Dutt

      Tosh Dutt

      CEO and Co-Founder, ChargeNet Stations

      Justin Renfro

      Head of Partnerships at Wefunder

      Caitlin Wege

      Caitlin Wege

      Partner, MooDoos Investments

      Victoria Lakers

      Partner, The Lancer Group

      Ryan Kuder

      Ryan Kuder

      Managing Director, Techstars Anywhere at Techstars

      Carrie Sawyer

      Carrie Sawyer

      CEO at Diversity By Design

      Alex Howland

      Alex Howland, Ph.D.

      Co-Founder & President at Virbela

      See all the great speakers and schedule. Click here to jump to the full schedule

      Grab your tickets and join in this year’s Convergence conference!

      • Sessions are virtual and in the evening — you can come in your pj’s!
      • Sessions are camera optional — you can connect in the chat if you want to stay off-camera or just watch and absorb the great info
      • Sessions feature vetted speakers who want to help the next generation of tech talent grow

      Attending Convergence is easy:

      Step 1: Get your ticket

      Step 2: Watch the sessions on our virtual platform. You’ll get a followup email closer to the event with details.

          If you are a student in need of a free ticket, click here for a chance to receive a free ticket. 

          Would you like to donate a ticket to a student? It’s easy! Simply select the “Donate a 5-Day Student Pass” option at checkout, and we’ll get your ticket to a student who needs one. Thank you!

              You’ll have access to…

              Convergence Job Matching Portal

              Get on the radar of San Diego companies looking to hire top talent. If you are a student in search of an internship, a recent grad, or if you are changing careers, you’ll want to sign up! We’ll help connect you with local startups. Interested companies will reach out to you directly if you are a match.

              Aspiring Talent > > Click here to fill out our Convergence Job Matching Form.

              Hiring Companies >> Click here to tell us what roles your looking to hire!

              University Pitch Competition: Founders Tournament

              Sixteen hand-selected startups from our university partners will compete in the toughest inter-college pitch competition! Our all-star judging panel will crown the champ for ultimate bragging rights. Watch what makes a great pitch, see the next generation of talent, and vote for your favorite.

              Workshops & Office Hours with Industry Experts

              Uplevel your skills and connect with industry experts. We’ll host workshops and office hours to cover fundamental skills needed to thrive in the startup scene. Come learn from the best in:

              • Sales
              • Marketing
              • Funding
              • Building Diverse Teams 
              • Lean Startup Model

              Deep Dive to Level Up: Panel Discussions 

              What does it take to land your startup dream job? Learn more about how companies hire, what they look for, and how to increase your chances of landing a job in 2021 and beyond. We’re bringing in industry experts to chat about career paths in:

              • Data science
              • Engineering
              • Sales
              • Marketing
              • HR

              We’ll also talk about what to do when things don’t go according to plan. Behind every success are years of hard lessons learned. We’ll chat about real-life struggles that paved the way for a resilient future.

              Plus! Hands-On Workshops and Networking:

              • Improve your LinkedIn profile
              • Group mock job interviews
              • Speed networking
              • Lean startup model 

              SCHEDULE

              Day 1

              Monday, May 24th

              The State of San Diego

              Kickoff the week with an overview of the current state of the San Diego Startup ecosystem. Hear from key contributors and organizations in the community that have an accurate pulse. Where the ecosystem is now, where it’s heading, and what you need to know.

              Platform: Lennd

              Moderator: Caitlin Wege – Partner Moodoos Investments

              Speakers: Alex Howland – President & Co-Founder Virbela, Chris Carver  – CEO & Co-Founder Lennd & Fondi

              After a year with Covid19, the ability to create and facilitate connections and collisions in a meaningful way could not be more important. This conversation will dive into the new remote economy and what it means for beginning your career or company in the San Diego ecosystem and beyond. We’ll discuss what’s on the horizon for the SD ecosystem, explore building a company of the future, and must-know trends for aspiring talent. 

              Platform: Lennd

              Speakers: Kirsten Horning, Justin Renfro

              Getting your startup funded in San Diego is easier than ever. Learn about the disruption to traditional formulas with the rise of equity crowdfunding, the growth of the San Diego seed stage ecosystem & the more remote seed stage deals being funded from the Bay Area.

              Platform: Lennd

              Moderator: Victoria Lakers

              Speakers: Caitlin Wege, Maisha Cobb, Sonia Steinway

              Platform: Lennd

              Moderator: Carrie Sawyer

              Speakers: Shirin Nikaein, Sarah Bacerra

              Shift DEI from a checkbox to an organizational/business priority, a first thought vs. afterthought from all aspects, why it’s important and why it matters!

              Platform: Lennd

              1:1 speed networking brought to you by Cox Business. We provide a state-of-the-art platform to build and bolster your network. You just bring the drink. We’ll match you with event attendees to connect for quick 5-minute chats (and don’t worry, you’ll get ice breakers).

              Day 2

              Tuesday, May 25th

              Find an Opportunity – Talent Incubation Night!

              Training, workshops and mentorship that will take your skills to the next level. Learn how to create a career path that is tailor made to you.

              Platform: Lennd

              Are you a student looking for an internship? Recent graduate or switching careers and looking to get in on the ground floor of a local startup? The Convergence Job Matching portal is a single resource for you to register and get on the radar of local companies looking to hire. Companies with an open position where you are a match will reach out to you to talk about the opportunity.

              Platform: Lennd

              San Diego is home to endless opportunities. Learn how to secure your spot in one of the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystems.

              Platform: Lennd

              Meet the hot San Diego Startups and the well-established tech companies that are hiring now. Learn more about how companies hire, what they are looking for, and how to increase your chances of securing your career. In a group setting you’ll have a chance to get specific questions answered, strategic career advice, and your LinkedIn profile reviewed by experts in various career paths including Sales, Data Science, Marketing, Finance, HR, Engineering, and more!

              Platform: Lennd

              1:1 targeted speed networking

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Mary Fain Brandt

              Witness live LinkedIn profile transformation that will help them get noticed by recruiters and improve their ranking.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Neal Bloom, CEO at Rising Tide Partners

              Thinking about going the startup route? How to evaluate if this is a good fit for you and how to convince your loved ones that the risk is worth the reward.

              Platform: Lennd

              1:1 speed networking brought to you by Cox Business. We provide a state-of-the-art platform to build and bolster your network. You just bring the drink. We’ll match you with event attendees to connect for quick 5-minute chats (and don’t worry, you’ll get ice breakers).

              Day 3

              Wednesday, May 26th

              Create an Opportunity – Startup Night!

              Learn what it takes to go from an idea to a business and beyond, witness the toughest pitch competition on earth and hear war stories from hardened veterans.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speakers: Jonathan Cogley, Taylor Fields

              Executing your startup idea is important, but not as important as the idea itself. Attend this session to learn about the importance of vetting your startup idea before you invest your precious time and resources into it. Find out if your idea is viable as a business if it stands a chance at raising capital and how a small tweak can make all the difference.

              Platform: Lennd

              18 startups will be selected to represent our six higher-Ed partners in the toughest inter-university pitch competition around! 3 rounds and we’ll be crowning the champ for ultimate bragging rights per our all-star judging panel and will award an audience choice recognition.

              Platform: Lennd

              Student and rock star founders engage in real conversation over local craft Kombucha. We’ll dig into burning student questions, challenges, and key advice by local rockstars.

              Platform: Lennd

              1:1 speed networking brought to you by Cox Business. We provide the state-of-the-art platform to build and bolster your network. You just bring the drink. We’ll match you with event attendees to connect for quick 5-minute chats (and don’t worry, you’ll get ice breakers).

              Day 4

              Thursday, May 27th

              Learn from the Best – Workshops, Startup Stories, & Office Hours!

              Immerse yourself in a day of education you won’t experience anywhere else. Learn the ins and outs of every aspect of building a business from the ground up. Listen to success stories that will inspire you, lessons learned that you can avoid and how to get involved in a startup.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Chris Staszak

              How to get ready for investors, how to survive due diligence.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Chris Staszak

              How to get ready for investors, how to survive due diligence.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Ashleigh Ferran

              A major factor in startup success is the ability to iterate rapidly and find product-market fit – without breaking the bank. This session is focused on learning and iterating a lean startup.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Ashleigh Ferran

              A major factor in startup success is the ability to iterate rapidly and find product-market fit – without breaking the bank. This session is focused on learning and iterating a lean startup.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Sheena Schleicher, Founder of Schleicher Marketing

              Learn the most costly marketing mistakes, Sheena Schleicher, Founder of Schleicher Marketing has witnessed over the last decade working with established brands. Beyond what to prioritize or avoid, Sheena will share stories and lessons for the real world of marketing your brand.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Sheena Schleicher, Founder of Schleicher Marketing

              Learn the most costly marketing mistakes, Sheena Schleicher, Founder of Schleicher Marketing has witnessed over the last decade working with established brands. Beyond what to prioritize or avoid, Sheena will share stories and lessons for the real world of marketing your brand.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Carrie Sawyer

              Diversity is an advantage. Learn about our conscious and subconscious biases and how we can escape them to be better founders, employees, and people.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Carrie Sawyer

              Diversity is an advantage. Learn about our conscious and subconscious biases and how we can escape them to be better founders, employees, and people.

              Speaker: Mike Krenn, President & CEO at Connect w/ San Diego Venture Group and Eric Otterson,

              Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank

              Platform: Lennd

              Securing funding for your startup is a critical step to success. Learn how to think about fundraising and how to get prepared in this awesome session.

              Speaker: Mike Krenn, President & CEO at Connect w/ San Diego Venture Group and Eric Otterson,

              Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank

              Platform: Lennd

              Securing funding for your startup is a critical step to success. Learn how to think about fundraising and how to get prepared in this awesome session.

              Speaker: Meri Birhane, Marketing Manager, Empowerment Mastermind

              Platform: Lennd

              Being a rock star salesperson will open many doors in life. Learn from the best on how to approach sales and sharper your skills.

              Speaker: Meri Birhane, Marketing Manager, Empowerment Mastermind

              Platform: Lennd

              Being a rock star salesperson will open many doors in life. Learn from the best on how to approach sales and sharper your skills.

              Platform: Lennd

              Speaker: Martin Bridges

              Things don’t always go as planned. That’s true in life and in startups. Attend this session with founders who will tell you some startup horror stories on how failure paves the road to success.

              Platform: Lennd

              1:1 speed networking brought to you by Cox Business. We provide a state-of-the-art platform to build and bolster your network. You just bring the drink. We’ll match you with event attendees to connect for quick 5-minute chats (and don’t worry, you’ll get ice breakers).

              Day 5

              Friday, May 28th

              Create Connections & Collisions – Strengthen your Network! 

              This is your chance to make lasting connections with people from every part of the San Diego startup ecosystem. For universities, leaders, investors, students, local startups and everyone in-between. The future of the San Diego startup ecosystem depends on us!

              Platform: Virbela

              Speaker: Alex Howland, Virbella Co-Founder & President

              Who best to kick off our final day being held in virtual reality? How about the person in charge of running the virtual reality business? Hear from Virbella Co-Founder & President, Alex Howland, as we kick off our last day of Convergence.

              Platform: Virbela

              Speaker: Neal Bloom (Moderator), Mel Gordon, Dominique McGill, Ben Shapiro, Cody Barbo

              The Startup San Diego ecosystem is thriving, but we need the next class of entrepreneurs to take us to the next level. This closing panel is all about how we as a community need to get students involved in our ecosystem in a bigger way. If you are a startup CEO, employee, or student, this is the panel you don’t want to miss that will set the tone for the upcoming year of Startup San Diego.

              Platform: Virbela

              This closing party will be one not to miss! Connect with the best of San Diego with your customized virtual avatar in the Virbela virtual world. We’ll be hanging out in Virbela’s newest and coolest new speakeasy venue on the Virbela virtual campus. Hang out and dance to the Virbela resident DJ, network with other conference attendees, and build your network with the local community.

              Note:
              Events and times are subject to change, please check back often.