San Diego


Startup Week

June 17-21 2014

Startups! Demos! Parties!

Join us as we celebrate San Diego's Innovation Wave. 5 Days of fun and informative events highlighting how San Diego rides it differently

About San Diego Startup Week

What is San Diego Startup Week?

San Diego Startup Week is the region’s premier catalyst for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurialism. Featuring a week of scheduled events, panels, and revelry in the heart of downtown San Diego, Startup Week showcases leading innovators in cleantech, biotech, defense tech, cross-border hard tech manufacturing, mobile tech, and online marketplaces. Participants include San Diego’s brightest entrepreneurs, top-tier investors, talented service providers,and high profile community supporters, all of whom contribute to San Diego’s thriving startup ecosystem.

StartUP San Diego

San Diego Startup Week is organized by StartUP San Diego, a grassroots, volunteer-based group of local entrepreneurs, mentors and investors committed to creating an inclusive and thriving San Diego startup community. We are supported by an amazing team of dedicated volunteers, professionals, civic leaders and city officials.

The Main Events!

Events highlighted in blue are headliner events. Events in grey require an additional registration or registration fee
  • JUN 17th 12:00:pm
    SAM Fest by CyberHive
    SAM Fest was a huge success with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Great work! See you next year.

    Although week passes are gone, there are still events you can attend for free or low cost!

    Come out and celebrate San Diego's Innovation Community!


  • JUN 17th 7:00:pm
    Opening Ceremony

    Although week passes are gone, there are still events you can attend for free or low cost!

    Come out and celebrate San Diego's Innovation Community!    
  • JUN 18th 12:00:pm
    DLA Q&A Lunch Presented by EvoNexus “Capitalizing Your Start-up Company”
    SOLD OUT From issuing founders shares to employee stock options to your first Series Seed financing, successful entrepreneurs need to maintain flexibility while properly incentivizing founders, employees and investors. As part of DLA's commitment to provide startup companies with access to experienced corporate lawyers, Larry Nishnick, a partner and former startup general counsel, will be hosting a Q&A session at EvoNexus to discuss the early recruitment and fundraising cycle...Learn more about EvoNexus
  • JUN 18th 1:30:pm
    Hardware Innovation Panel
    Held in the Special Events Room the New Central Library: 330 Park Blvd Discuss San Diego's future as an innovation and manufacturing hub, check out local hardware startups, and see a sampling of what is being made in San Diego. Fab Lab San Diego is working with SD Startup Week to showcase local Makers and Hardware Innovators. The Event will include: (more…)
  • JUN 18th 5:00:pm
    Startup Crawl
    • Meeting Locations (all Treks meet at the first stop at 5pm and are guided tours that will run on time):
    •  Trek 1: Travelboxe + BASIC - 251 10th Ave
    • Trek 2: Zeeto - 925 B St, Fifth Floor
    • Trek 3: StayClassy - 533 F St #300
    • Trek 4: Webble, XY, PetPartner, ChatMeter, Saambaa - 1133 Columbia, Second Floor
    • All trek stops and addresses here 
    Please arrive at the Trek that you originally RSPV'd for no later than 5pm. Parking:
    • Parking will be free at the Columbia Garage - 501 W C St, San Diego, CA 92101 (there is one entrance on Broadway and India & another on Columbia and C)
    • NOTE: DO NOT PARK in 1230 Columbia Street Garage
    • Please take your ticket to be validated at the last crawl stop
  • JUN 18th 6:00:pm
    Disruptive Thinkers Happy Hour!
    Mid Startup Week Happy Hour in Little Italy. For more information and to RSVP click here.
  • JUN 18th 9:30:pm
    In collaboration with the Venture Summit, San Diego Startup Week pass holders are invited to participate in a VC social following the ‘VC Only’ Venture Summit Ball Game event. Following the ball game, Cooley, DLA Piper, E&Y and Square 1 Bank will host VCs and entrepreneurs at Float, San Diego’s best roof top bar (located at the Hard Rock Hotel.)  This is a great chance to meet a VC in a casual setting.  Float has limited capacity so admission will be on a first come, first served basis.  Priority will be given to VCs and entrepreneurs who have purchased Start Up Week Passes on a first-come, first-served basis. SOLD OUT
  • JUN 19th 7:30:am
    SDVG Venture Summit
    Join us Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marina Hotel for San Diego’s premier gathering of entrepreneurs, investors – and those who make it happen! Register Here. A fantastic combination of COOL Companies and HOT Topic speakers. So big, you were not able to see and hear it all! We had more than 700 people, including 100+ VCs, 30 COOL Companies, networking, an out-of-this-world keynote speaker. They got to see and hear the new, exciting, thought-provoking, HOT to talk about and COOL to see! Some of the 2014 HOT Topic speakers include: Daniel Obodovski, Author, “The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things” Dr. Ron Reedy, CTO & Founder, Peregrine Semiconductor, ”The End of Moore’s Law” Greg Lucier, Chairman, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (SBMRI) cool companies 2014 Don’t miss our Cool Companies, Hot Topics, and more than 120 VCs from around the country!
  • JUN 19th 12:00:pm
    Demo on the Docks
    Join us for the inaugural Demo on the Docks event with local and visiting VCs to meet the San Diego tech community, directly following SDVG’s Venture Summit. View demos from 10 of San Diego’s hottest startups followed by tasty food, drinks and mingling all while enjoying downtown’s gorgeous bay view! You will not want to miss out on this opportunity to experience the energy of San Diego's tech community.
    • Time: 12Noon - 3PM
    • Location: Joe’s Crab Shack Rowing Club, 525 E Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101
    • Food and beer will be provided!
    • Access limited to week long pass holders
  • JUN 19th 3:00:pm
    Speed Mentoring
    1-on-1 mentoring between serious startups and successful entrepreneurs and investors. Up to four 30-minute meetings in rapid succession, aimed at helping you work through the biggest hurdle you are currently facing. Open to all - accepted companies will get to pick the mentors they meet with.  Companies should be (at least:) full-time, relatively complete teams that have released a early MVP and have (any) feedback from their first customers (not just an idea or not those still looking for a team). Hosted at Cafe Sevilla, some food and drink provided at the after party before Demo Night.  Apply (super quick).
  • JUN 19th 6:00:pm
    Demo Night
    7 San Diego startups will strut their stuff! Emphasis on showing off the actual product and explanation of a challenge they have solved.  An amazing event to meet the community & always one of the biggest attendance of the week! Hosted at the Cafe Sevilla's club with networking before and after the demos (plus walk to the Bash after). Tickets still AVAILABLE - but remember, due to space limitations beyond our control, COME ON TIME, we will be giving drink tokens to the first attendees and may be forced to turn people away if we exceed the venue's capacity - including pass holders.
  • JUN 19th 8:30:pm
    Tech Scene Startup Bash
    SD Tech Founders and SD Tech Scene team up (again!) to bring you the post-Demo, Thursday night, knock-down, drag-out party of the week! Join San Diego's tech scene and startup community for an evening of mingling over drinks at Hard Rock Hotel's Club Float on Thursday, June 19th, from 8:30pm to 11pm. Club Float is just one block away from Demo night at Cafe Sevilla so no need to drive anywhere or re-park. To buy individual event tickets go here.
  • JUN 20th 10:00:am
    #GoSanDiego Inspiring Innovation Presented by The City of San Diego
    ***Additional Registration Required *** / 10am-5:30 / Free / Held at the Central Library and presented by the City of San Diego, this event is where innovators collide, connect, and inspire. Speakers & Panelist from a variety of fields share insights & tips, stories of successes & failures, new perspectives & rules which no longer apply. We are honored to give stage to Scott Case, Greg Horowitt, Katie Rast, Jim Brown,  and a very special Policy Panel.  For a complete list of our amazing lineup visit the event page which also provides Transportation solutions. Pablo Fernandez Chef and Founder of Secret Table will prepare a delicious Breakfast and Lunch for registered attendees, brought to us in part by the Art of Science and Learning Incubator. We look forward to exploring where the innovation community of San Diego can go, together. Follow #GoSanDiego for updates. Register here. scott-case
     Scott Case cofounder of Startup America & Priceline to speak at 1pm.
    Special thanks to City of San Diego, Sony, Art of Science and Learning Incubator, & Tagboard. 
  • JUN 20th 1:00:pm
    Negotiating Terms: Commercial Deals and Strategic Partnerships
    Vital Intake Chefs (Speakers) for this event:
    • Cliff Boro, Managing Director the TEAM Group
    • Edward Lake, formerly VP Corporate Development/M&A Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (KTOS)
    • Rod Turner, CEO, Chairman Mobile Automation, Co-Founder Irvine Ventures, successful entrepreneur.
    • Elizabeth Wilson, Managing Partner Seed GC.
    • Christian Salaman, Moderator, Partner Pillsbury
    Every step of a new venture's life is a negotiation including Formation, Financing, Commercial Deals, Strategic Partnerships, and Liquidity Events. Negotiating corporate transactions can determine your fate regardless of innovative products, killer services, or your potential to disrupt markets. (more…)
  • JUN 20th 6:00:pm
    Startup Boost! Presented by Up Global
    Startup Boost: 6-9PM

    Come celebrate entrepreneurship in San Diego at Startup Boost! at the San Diego Central Library!

    T. Scott Case, Founding CTO of and current CEO of Startup America, will keynote our evening centered around connecting startups with local resources dedicated to helping them succeed. Local resources will be on hand to share their offerings with current and aspiring entrepreneurs.

    Honor those contributing to the growth of the San Diego startup community by voting for the next Startup Rockstar Award! Startup Rockstar Awards will be presented during Startup Boost! Voting closes at midnight PDT on Thursday, June 19.

    Enjoy some of San Diego’s best local food and drinks while connecting, networking, and celebrating all things Startup!

    RSVP and Purchase Event Tickets here
  • JUN 21st 12:00:pm
    Geek Girl Tech Con
    Geek Girl TechCon  June 21st 8am-6pm  USD Don't be fooled by the name. Geek Girl TechCons are for everyone! Women and men, all ages, and all skill levels. A one day long conference dedicated to empowering women in tech, from complete novice to startup savant with over 80 workshops, panels, keynotes, the Sharkette Tank Pitch Fest, Hackfest, Help Desk for one-on-one assistance, and much more. Included in price is lunch, reception, resource handbook, tshirt and swag bag. Workshops include programming, mobile apps, Photoshop, UX/UI, lean startup, video, social media, QuickBooks, intellectual property, copywriting, and more. Get your Geek ON! ...Click here for more info
  • JUN 22nd 4:30:pm
    Community Orientation
  • JUN 22nd 5:30:pm
    Poker 2.0
  • JUN 23rd 3:00:pm
    Domain Expert Hours
  • JUN 23rd 5:30:pm
    SD Startup Crawl
  • JUN 24th 10:00:am
    Successful Interning
  • JUN 24th 11:00:am
    Startup Internship Fair
  • JUN 24th 1:00:pm
    Mentor Hours (Students & Student companies)
  • JUN 24th 2:00:pm
    Mentor Hours (Companies)
  • JUN 24th 3:00:pm
    Startup Foosball & Cornhole Tournament
  • JUN 24th 6:00:pm
    Demo Night

Get Involved

Who's Involved

Your SDSW Team

Brant Cooper NYT Bestselling Author, The Lean Entrepreneur
Austin Neudecker Startup Fanatic
Eric Otterson SVP Business Development at Cooley LLP
Melani Gordon CEO at TapHunter
Tim Ryan Founder at ValuNetwork
Denise Gitsham Principal at 7 Second Strategies


Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

San Diego Startup Week offers several sponsorship levels, each of which offers a number of ways to incorporate your brand throughout the week's activities. We will work with your company to tailor a package to achieve key business objectives for your company, whether you desire to broaden brand exposure, promote new products or services, or generate goodwill through an affiliation with San Diego Startup Week. We support and encourage creative ideas when it comes to helping you generate desired returns on your sponsorship investment. View San Diego Startup Week 2014 Sponsorship OpportunitiesPress Release Initial Announcement


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  • San Diego Startup Week: Why Startup Culture Is Important

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  • San Diego Startup Week Kicks Off with Opening of New IoT Incubator

    San Diego Startup Week begins at noon today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of iHive, a shared workspace and CyberTech “Internet of Things” incubator

  • Melani Gordon and Randy Apuzzo on Good Morning San Diego

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  • Innovators Panel Kicks Off Startup Week

    A group of San Diego's leading innovators kicked off San Diego Startup Week early Thursday with a panel discussion where they championed the benefits of the tech community here.

  • Startup Week Connects Local Innovators With Investors

    Startups are always looking for ways to leverage their precious resources to grow and acquire new resources. That mindset, and the creativity of a grassroots volunteer group of local entrepreneurs