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Convergence 2019: the best one yet!

Thanks to everyone–all 860 of you–who made it to Convergence this year! We wanted to provide you with a quick recap below. If you want more info on all the great sessions and speakers, definitely visit the event page. And before diving into the recap…

Thank you Startup San Diego Volunteers!

First and foremost, a huge shout out to all of the volunteers that made Convergence magic. As a platform for the community, by the community, this event (and Startup San Diego as an organization) literally couldn’t happen without you. Thank you for everything you do!

Convergence Day 1 – Career Incubator, Mentor Hours, and Demos

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We kicked things off at Comic-Con Museum with a Career Incubator, Mentor Hours, and Showcase. For the latter, local startups and artists demo’d the colliding worlds of technology and art. There was also a networking wall for folks to engineer serendipity.

Breakout sessions included an Early-Stage Female Founders Panel and a discussion on the State of the San Diego Startup Ecosystem. There was also an amazing keynote by Dan Martell, serial entrepreneur and angel investor.

Convergence Day 2 – Founders Fight Club and More Panels

Day two at the Museum boasted more must-see breakouts, as well as our famed Founders Fight Club pitch competition. After three rounds with 8 founders, Chad Vardas, Founder/CEO of Vardas, took home 1st place!

In addition to bragging rights, Chad won:

  • mentorship sessions with Ryan Kuder, Managing Director of Techstars Anywhere accelerator
  • an initial scoping meeting & basic incorporation from Pillsbury Law, and
  • a Southwest Airlines voucher for any domestic flight

In 2nd place was Lindsey Holthaus, Co-Founder/CEO of Plain Jane. Lindsey also won a Southwest Airlines voucher.

Additionally, all 8 of the Fight Club participants received $5,000 of AWS credit.

Hats off to all of this year’s Fight Club contestants. It takes a lot of courage to participate in pitch competitions and we were really proud of each of you for stepping up and practicing your pitch with a supportive community–because that’s what we are all about.

Convergence Day 3 – Downtown Startup Crawl and Afterparty

Day three was our Startup Crawl and afterparty at Downtown Works coworking. Thanks to XYO, Lead Crunch, Edge, and Learn Academy. In the spirit of Comic-Con Museum, there was also a costume competition at the crawl this year.

Want to see more photos?

We’ve go you covered!

Here are some galleries, thanks to incredibly generous and awesome photographers volunteering their time and talent. We appreciate you!

Convergence 2019 Photo Galleries:

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Thanks again, San Diego!

In addition to Startup San Diego’s amazing volunteers, we’d also like to send many thanks to the incredible team at Comic-Con Museum for being such gracious hosts and partners for this event! We are thrilled to see what Adam Smith and his team will do with their new space in Balboa Park. If you want to stay in the loop on all things Comic-Con Museum, be sure to follow their various social channels here.

Lastly, if you are inclined and able, please consider supporting our volunteer-driven nonprofit by making a charitable contribution. Any amount is meaningful, as it allows us to provide high-quality and affordable entrepreneurial programming for the San Diego community.

Oh, and lest we forget, you’re cordially invited to San Diego Startup Week this year. Don’t miss the action (or early-bird pricing) — tickets available on Eventbrite.

Onward and upward, San Diego.