What to Expect at This Year’s San Diego Startup Week 2023

Posted: October 11, 2023 by the Startup San Diego team

What To Expect At SDSW2023

We’re only a couple of weeks away from this year’s San Diego Startup Week, and we’re excited to have the startup community reunite for the 11th annual event. This year, we’re taking over San Diego, from Carlsbad all the way down to Tijuana, Mexico. With over 1,800+ community members expected to attend, 5 days spanning 5 locations, and curated events and workshops, this will be an unforgettable week!

Here’s a quick list of what you can expect for #SDSW2023:

1. Enjoy 5 Days of Startup Programming

The Startup San Diego team and board have led in curating tailor-made programming for each day of San Diego Startup Week. Monday, celebrating the creative coast and highlighting North County startups. Tuesday, Borderless Business, hosted in Tijuana, Mexico, to shine on the entrepreneurship and collaboration between the SD/TJ region. Wednesday, a Sip N’ SaaS Happy Hour hosted by LogicBoost Labs, inviting SaaS startups to network and connect. Thursday is an Early-stage founder day to inspire and kick off your startup ideas and connect with seasoned founders. Lastly, Friday, the final day at Qualcomm for Late-stage and beyond, a hyper-focused day with investors, AI experts, design, ecosystem building, strategies, and more.

2. Learn From 50+ Featured Speakers From Top Startups and San Diego Companies

From Qualcomm to Vuiori, Reef, Trust & Will, and Illumina. We have over 50+ speakers and workshop leaders at San Diego Startup Week ready to share their knowledge and skills with SDSW attendees. Featured speakers include:

  • Todd Harris, Founder & CEO at Tyra Biosciences
  • Louis Black, Co-founder of South by Southwest (SXSW)
  • Sandra Carter, Founder at M2 Ingredients OM Mushrooms Superfood
  • Joe Kudla, Founder and CEO of Vuori
  • Younes Aatif, CEO at ArkusNexus
  • Samantha Pantazopoulos, Co-founder & CEO of Vizer
  • Sharon Zhang, CTO at Personal.AI
  • Jim Cathey, Chief Commercial Officer of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Ashley Van Zeeland, PhD, MBA, VP of Corporate and Business Development at Illumina
  • Albert Wang, Senior Investment Director at Qualcomm Ventures

Get a chance to network with some of the best executives and founders in San Diego.

Check out the Full SDSW Speaker List

3. Connect With 60+ Different Exhibitors 

Bring your business cards and get ready to connect with 60+ startups, businesses, and local schools in San Diego. Startups like Personal AI will also be demoing their tech, and big companies like Qualcomm will be there to network and showcase their latest projects. Meet early-stage to late-stage startups like myBalto, Fraction and service providers offering patent services and venture capital firms. You won’t want to miss the expo days happening: kick-off day Monday October 23rd, and Friday, October 27th.

4. Lightweight Intercollegiate Pitch Competition & Founders Fight Club 

This San Diego Startup Week, we’re offering two different pitch competitions! Thursday at SDSU will be the Intercollegiate Pitch Competition featuring student-led startups from UCSD, SDSU, Miramar College, USD, and San Diego Community Colleges. The winner of this competition will go home with 5k! 

Big league startups will go head to head in our Founders Fight Club pitch competition happening at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall. Hand-picked startups will present to potential investors and hundreds of SDSW attendees and fight for the grand prize of 10k. This will be the last agenda event for SDSW before the closing party. 

5. Network and Connect with +1,800 Attendees

With over 1,800 attendees expected to participate in this year’s San Diego Startup Week, this is an amazing opportunity to network with other techies, designers, investors, marketers, developers, and more! Bring your colleague or make new friends at this year’s Startup Week. 

Get your San Diego Startup Week Tickets

The clock is ticking. This year’s SDSW will be one for the books. Get your San Diego Startup Week tickets and be part of the action! 

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