Downtown San Diego

San Diego Hosts Largest, Most Robust Startup Week to Date

It never ceases to amaze me just how fast time really does fly when you’re having fun. I’m sitting here enjoying the San Diego sunshine, reminiscing about the amazing San Diego Startup Week (SDSW) that ended only about a week ago – I feel like it was just yesterday that the city was getting prepped and ready for it all.
To say the least, it was a smashing success. In fact, this year’s event was heralded as one of the largest and most robust SDSW events to date.
A big part of that success was due to the strong cohort of sponsors and partners that helped make the event epic: The Port of San Diego, Holonis, Zeeto Media, Ashford University, The Irvine Company, Ideator, and The City of San Diego. Because of them SDSW was able to provide attendees with a vast array of casual and social events spread all across Downtown San Diego.
“The Port of San Diego graciously provided us with the entire Broadway Pier and Pavilion for the Startup Week Opening Ceremony and SD Festival,” says Tim Ryan, Startup Week founder and Intelliyachts CEO. “It allowed us to host the thousands of individuals from across the country that we expect to come see the San Diego startup ecosystem first hand during the week.”
As expected, some of the biggest influencers in the local San Diego ecosystem showed up, and at the center of it all was none other than EvoNexus. I can’t say enough awesome things about the work they do for San Diego: their staff volunteered their time to coordinate speakers, develop topics, and open their downtown office as a venue for a lot of the events.
“EvoNexus has become the hub for the San Diego startup community. It’s crucial for us to be involved because SDSW itself represents a lot of what we aim to be: a positive, inspiring resource that helps Southern California startups,” says Michele (Yoshioka) Maley, Director of Programs & Operations at EvoNexus. “Being at the epicenter of all the action in San Diego, it’s no surprise we were heavily involved in SDSW.”
Perhaps one of the coolest parts of the entire week was when David Brown and Marc Nager addressed an eager crowd about their recent news. Techstars officially acquired UP Global and all of their programs, like Startup Week, and San Diego was the first city to host an event after the news. They addressed the acquisition directly, answering the overwhelming concern that startup ecosystems would be negatively impacted because of the change in UP Global’s nonprofit status:
“In our industry, we have never charged entrepreneurs for anything. We are investors. We will keep running events such as this [SDSW] that galvanize entrepreneurs to come together,” says Brown.
With that issue put to bed, the two transitioned the conversation to a more personal level, offering their advice and mentorship for the audience. In essence they were Startup Week’s mission incarnate in that moment.
After all, the whole goal of this event was to celebrate the entrepreneurial community in San Diego while also bringing everyone together in an inspiring way. That’s exactly what Brown, Nager, UP Global, Techstars, EvoNexus, and the whole city were able to accomplish together. At the risk of sounding like a broken record player, it was incredibly inspiring.
To sum it up: if you’re not paying attention to San Diego, this year’s SDSW should be a message that speaks to the error of your ways – we’re absolutely killing it these days. I love this city.
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EvoNexus Rolls out the Red Carpet for 26 New Startups

EvoNexus has long been established as the place to incubate if you’re in the San Diego area, and the recent expansion of their network to Irvine has brought that prestige to a community of all-new startups. Like many companies EvoNexus has worked to maintain a strong growth trajectory, and at this point I think it’s safe to say they’ve arrived in the big leagues.
The team wrote a blog post recently to welcome 26 new companies to their incubator program across their three locations: Downtown San Diego, University Town Center (UTC) in San Diego, and Irvine. In total they received 212 applications from companies chomping at the bit for a piece of the EvoNexus action.
So, what makes this round of applications special for EvoNexus? It’s simple, they’ve shattered old records and established new highs: 212 applications is the most they’ve ever gotten.
Further, they admitted 26 of those 212 startups, which is also a new record high for the incubator. In total, EvoNexus is now incubating 57 companies, helping them achieve success through a strong network of mentors, investors, and resources.
To date they’ve received over 1,000 applications and have admitted 107 different companies to the program. With this new batch of companies, Irvine will welcome 9 new ones to University Research Park and San Diego will welcome 17 between the UTC and Downtown locations. Here are the companies that were accepted to EvoNexus:
Irvine
Breath Analytics: A medical device to detect and monitor progress of sepsis
FastEvac: An app to facilitate successful evacuations and perform setup and training for small to medium sized companies in multi-floor buildings
Modern AlkaMe: A web application that will directly obtain and assess customer health data while simultaneously compounding health data from other services and devices used by customers in order to comprehensively analyze the consolidated data to recommend nootropic products for customers seeking safe and sustainable cognitive enhancement tailored to their unique chemistry
Monet Networks: A cloud based data analytics platform that delivers cost-effective, easy tools for capturing and analyzing various forms of non-verbal communications or cues over mobile and Internet screens
Shoelace Wireless: An Android app that makes Internet on your mobile devices faster and more reliable
Snorx: Single-use simple surgical tool for otolaryngologist sleep specialists which will allow them to offer patients a 5-minute in-office procedure that alleviates snoring
Tagnos: A patented patient experience solution for healthcare that goes far beyond patient and asset tracking
TenantBase: An office space matchmaking software/service that streamlines the office search and lease negotiation process for tenants seeking office space
Vendedy: A social enterprise start up that is digitizing the Street Vending Industry via phone app technology
San Diego
Aira Tech: An innovative service that is designed to help blind and low-vision users gain independence
Astroprint: A cloud for OS for the 3D printing industry. By making 3D printing simple, we become the default OS in the 3DP industry. Then we open our 3rd party app marketplace
CollectiveSun: A crowd lending platform to finance nonprofit solar projects
Combined Power: A disruptively low cost Concentrated Solar Power. We sell equipment that power plants, industrial and agricultural facilities use to generate steam, replacing fossil fuels
Crypteron: A server side, application layer, military grade security framework and SDK brings regulatory compliance and data security by carving out private clouds within the public clouds
CureMetrix: An early and accurate detection, classification, and quantification of breast cancer in mammograms
DotStudioz: A cloud based software solution that makes it painless to distribute and monetize video across owned-and-operated, branded environments on various platforms
eLux Medical: An improvement upon tradition liposuction in which a photothermal nanomaterial and an external laser readily available to plastic surgeons in the clinic are used in combination, to heat and melt fat in adipose tissue to facilitate its removal, resulting in less effort on the physicians behalf and more uniform results for the patients.
GoShare: A mobile app and website that connects people who have a pickup truck, van, or SUV with people nearby who need help with moving, hauling, towing or delivering cargo on demand
LoanHero: An instantaneous consumer loan origination platform that is powered by the peer-to-peer marketplace, our business’ balance sheet and strategic lender
Podify: A SaaS solution for wellness professionals offering a complete business solution for all of their administrative and management needs as well as exclusive marketing
Qelzal: Sense & Avoid and Obstacle Avoidance systems for small commercial drones. These systems avoid low flying aircrafts, and make drones autonomous and safer in near-earth flights
ScryTech: Fraud management through behavioral analytics
Seclytics: A SaaS cyber intelligence platform for SMB
ServicePair: A mobile-first app that connects contractors to other construction professionals
Stemonix: Developing a commercial scale printer for the high-volume growth and differentiation of stem cells and stem cell products
Wrapify: A disruptive crowd-sourced advertising platform connecting drivers and brands to create powerful on-vehicle advertising
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