Startup San Diego 2022 Wrap Up
Posted: December 27, 2022 written by the Startup San Diego team
Celebrated the 10th Annual San Diego Startup Week
The last time San Diego Startup Week was hosted in person was in 2018, but due to COVID, it was difficult for the startup community to come together these past years. After 2 years of waiting, we were finally able to organize San Diego Startup Week fully in person! This incredible week hosted 1500+ attendees, 8 specialized tracks, reception and startup expos, pitch competition and tournament, Startup Awards, networking, and Startup SD Incubator program and demo night.
With over +60 speakers, +50 exhibitors, and countless connections this year’s San Diego Startup Week was a success! Next year we have a lot planned for the community and we can’t wait to unite again in October 2023.
Startup San Diego Welcomed 6 New Board Members
Six new Startup San Diego board members joined our team this year! These individuals have years of experience working for startups, funds, Fortune 500 companies, universities, and cities. We’re excited to have them on the team, helping us push SSD’s mission to connect, educate, and inspire founders and local talent to grow an equitable San Diego startup ecosystem and entrepreneurial community.
Our new Startup San Diego Board members include:
- Cheryl Goodman, Former Head of Corp Comm at Sony
- Maisha Cobb, TCA Board and Founder at Mpact International
- Marc Barron, VP of Business Development and Partnership at CourseKey
- Matthew Sanford, Economic Development Manager at City of Carlsbad
- Rachel Lozano Castro, Senior Officer at San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center
- Tara Falcone, Founder and CEO at Reason
Introduced 3 New Entrepreneurs-in-Residence
Welcomed 3 New Entrepreneurs-in-Residence
We’re excited to introduce the new cohort of Startup San Diego’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence! These EIRs will work closely with the Startup San Diego Executive Director Alexa-Rae Navarro, as well as the board members and staff. They will be the strategic leads in making sure that events and programs run smoothly and that efforts adequately represent the diverse startup ecosystem in San Diego.
Introducing the new Startup San Diego Entrepreneurs-in-Residence:
- Elliot Gluck, Head of Product Marketing at Daily
- Rebecca Owens, CEO at Cancer Commons & Founder of Swelter
- Rohan Jawali, Founder and Builder
Network and meet our EIRs at Startup San Diego 1st Mondays, Startup Week, or Convergence.
This year was a wave of change for the San Diego startup team. We hosted events all year-long, connected founders to startup resources, hosted a new cohort for our Startup Incubator program, recognized community members during our annual Startup Awards, welcomed a new class of EIRs, introduced new board members and more. It was a jam-packed year for Startup San Diego, not to mention with only ONE full-time employee and a number of part-timers and volunteer team members.
Thank you for being part of this exciting year, we’re thrilled to plan for next year and continue to do better for the startup community. Stay in touch with us and have a happy holiday and new year!