Winners of the Week

Designer – Adobe Creative Jam

  • Poke the Bear

Bio/Med – MedStartr Pitch Fest

  • Hear biotech startups do their best 5 minute pitch to investors and fellow entrepreneurs in a pitch competition organized by MedStartr
  • Crowd voted fav – Kinaptic – Joseph Curcio
  • 2nd Place – Glyconmedics – Nick Gorgani
  • 1st Place – Cellanyx – Ashok Chander

CleanTech – Green Pitch Slam

San Diego is a hub of CleanTech innovation, which was demonstrated by the exciting Green Pitch Slam event held yesterday! We are very excited to present the top 3 winners of this extremely close competition.

  • 3rd Place – VOR
  • 2nd Place – Aquam
  • 1st place – Icarus

CleanTech / CyberSecurity – Smart Cities Hackathon

These contestants put together an app that will help solve problems with traffic, parking, public safety, urban planning, and environmental challenges.

  • 3rd Place ($500) – Changuen Park
    • Created a Parking Optimization App
  • 2nd Place ($1,000) – Rauhmel Fox
    • Created an app to help report possible drunk drivers
  • 1st Place ($2,000) – Daniel Heriman
    • Created an app to help business owners find the ideal location for their storefront

Future – IoT Challenge

Contestants were given gadgets, hardware, sensors, etc to create something extraordinary.

  • 5th Place – Coffeebot, Neelima Sharma
  • 4th Place – Team Tosti, Ashley Khor & Andrew Lam
  • 3rd Place – GoCane, Andrew Cadwallander
  • 2nd Place – Beybi Tracker, Burak Dugan
  • 1st Place – Letsrobot.tv, Jose Montraverde
Winners received Windows Azure Passes

Social – Founders Fight Club

  • Chad Trytten of Koriist

Developer – Mindtouch / AWS – Serverless Hackathon’

“We had 10 teams create a running text-based adventure engine as an Alexa Skill application complete with voice prompts and original story within 2h30. It was fun. It was awesome. It was epic!”

  • LambdaSharp

It Takes a Village

From Humble Beginnings…

A Note from Brant

Startup Week began simply enough as an idea to shine a light on the nascent San Diego startup scene. Eric Otterson, then VP of Bus Dev at Cooley, spoke often about how to grow ecosystem. I came up with the idea to take a handful of EXISTING meetups and combine this into 5 days of activity surrounding San Diego Venture Group (SDVG)’s annual Venture Summit and VC Padres game. I told the idea to Eric, to see if he could SDVG on board and Phelan, who ran sdtechscene.org and March Mingle. I also pitched the idea to Melani Gordon and Austin Neudecker. We brought in many others including Jennifer Newell who ran Ignite San Diego, Tim Ryan who hosted a Startup Weekend Alumni party, June Clark, Adam Powers, Katie Rast of Fab Lab, Hughes Marino. There may have been a few more. Phelan, maybe you remember.
In addition to event mentioned above, Phelan hosted a tech mixer, June Clarke ran the startup crawl, I believe; mentor night; my SD Tech Founders did a demo night, Evo hosted a UX meetup I believe, and we tried to work something out with SDVG, but basically, they didn’t want to play us.
It was originally called SD Tech Week.
The mission of SD Startup week was to shine a light on San Diego’s Startup Scene. Ultimately, we wanted visiting VCs to see the startup scene, since they couldn’t seen much only through SDVG. Our ambition was to make in by startup entrepreneurs (not SMBs) for startup entrepreneurs.
Pretty humble beginnings. What the crew at Startup San Diego has done with it is incredible. Growth is off the charts.