Startup San Diego’s 2023 numbers showcase our diverse, thriving startup ecosystem. With 117+ volunteers, we produced 9 events from Carlsbad to Tijuana, featuring 83+ speakers, 66+ exhibitors, and 18 startup founders competing in a premier pitch event. As the gateway to San Diego’s startup ecosystem, Startup San Diego hosted over 2,500 community members across all in-person events, including founders, investors, leaders, executives, students, and talent. Dedicated to building an equitable ecosystem, we published over 10 hours of panels, workshops, and pitch competitions, increasing accessibility to inspire, educate, and foster innovative high-growth companies. Our 2023 impact was made possible by our dedicated staff, board, 100+ sponsors & donors, and community partners supporting Startup San Diego’s mission.
Not only was 2023 a celebratory and monumental year for Startup San Diego, we also welcomed in Lisa Barnhouse as the 3rd Executive Director for the organization. With her and the board’s leadership, and staff, volunteer and community partner support, Startup San Diego was able to increase ecosystem engagement and present events across the Tijuana – San Diego region.
In 2022 it was a year of rebuilding for Startup San Diego. Coming out of the COVID virtual/hybrid era to an entirely in-person program, was a huge change for the organization. Throughout the year SSD experienced double attendance at our events and hosted San Diego Startup Week in 4 days in 4 locations.
Take a look at our comprehensive impact report which looks at the success of Startup San Diego, a letter from our executive director, and the growth of the San Diego tech ecosystem. Learn about our programs, experiences, events and find out how you can get involved in the Startup community.