In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, several of our events, including San Diego Startup Week, are under evaluation for postponement in order to provide the experience that our participants expect and deserve in a safe environment. The health and safety of our Startup San Diego community, organizers, volunteers, and partners is our highest priority. As such, we are actively monitoring news updates on COVID-19 and recommendations from the local, state, federal, and global health organizations.

We are currently working on short-term strategies to ensure continued support of our startup community. At this time, the production of all of our monthly events will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. As a precaution, mass gatherings or events that garner large groups of our community members, such as 1st and 3rd Mondays, will be evaluated real-time in association with local information development.

At this time, April 1st Mondays will be postponed and we will be focusing on gearing up for future months events. Our workshops associated with The Startup Series—a program of the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation—powered by Startup San Diego and Mission Edge, which were scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 17th will be postponed to commence in late April.

We thank you for your continued Startup San Diego support and sincere commitment to growing our startup ecosystem. We will be sure to keep you all updated as more information becomes available. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

Where can I find more local information on Coronavirus? 

If you have general questions about coronavirus disease, you can visit the San Diego County official Coronavirus Disease 2019 page or call 2-1-1 to speak to someone. 2-1-1 San Diego website

  • March 17, 2020 County of San Diego amended Health Officer Order dated March 12, 2020 as of 12:00 am on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.
  • March 12, 2020 County of San Diego announced a public health order banning gatherings of 250 people or more will be starting at midnight on Friday through the end of March.
  • March 12, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials issued an updated policy and executive order on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Find the full policy here.
  • March 11, 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic.
  • March 4, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in California. This statewide proclamation waives the requirement for local governments to renew local health emergencies and local emergencies at regular intervals. San Diego County’s will remain in effect until terminated by the Board of Supervisors.   
  • February 14, 2020 San Diego County declared a local health emergency and proclaimed a local emergency to deal with the novel coronavirus.

What if my company is affected by COVID-19 & we need guidance & support? 

Check-out the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation’s guidance and support page for San Diego businesses affected by the change.

Staying safe at Startup San Diego events

We ask our participants to follow these simple safety precautions to encourage a virus-free environment:

  • Stay home if symptomatic: If you begin to develop any symptoms—or think you may be developing symptoms—please stay home and seek the appropriate medical attention.
  • Forgo the handshake: To minimize physical contact, please don’t shake hands. We recommend the Startup SD elbow tap!
  • Wash your hands/use hand sanitizer: Properly and adequately wash your hands throughout the day. There will be onsite hand sanitizer available.